YENG Guiao said NLEX can learn a thing or two from Rain or Shine in terms of poise and character down the stretch in games like the one his current and former team played on Friday night.
The Road Warriors looked strongly poised to snap out of a four-game losing streak after their hot shooting kept the Elasto Painters at bay in the first three quarters, only to falter in the end.
“You're going to be mentally tough to be able to win in the endgame, and I guess that's what experience brings Rain or Shine which we do not have yet as a team,” Guiao said after emerging from the dugout following another long meeting with his players and staff.
It was clear NLEX lacked 'diskarte' in the endgame, the multi-titled coach said.
“Frustrating at times because I was demanding one-hundred percent effort and at the same time one-hundred percent intelligence. Sinasabi ko nga it has to be a combination,” he added.
“Medyo kulang pa kami sa team intelligence or yung diskarte ika nga sa Pinoy ano: how do you win in an endgame? How do you come out getting that big stop, big rebound, or big basket?”
The champion coach, though, reiterated that molding a team's character takes time – similar to what he went through with the E-Painters before leading them to two titles and six finals appearances.
“Ganun talaga, ‘di mo pwedeng ikalburo para mahinog,” Guiao said. “Talagang you have to just go through trials, tribulations, and adversities in order to develop and mold your character."
"Dinaanan din naman namin yan sa Rain or Shine," he added. "This is not like it's the first time this has happened or it's an unfamiliar territory. It's really something you need to go through in developing a team.”
But instead of piling more pressure on his team, Guiao has given his players a one-week break during the holidays to allow them to “loosen up.”
“Medyo baka masyado kaming tight. Masyado kaming napi-pressure,” Guiao said. “Siguro this is a good time to just relax a little bit and take the PBA, the games out of our mind for the meantime.”
“The gap is enough siguro to gather ourselves and kumbaga, this is the halftime break for us in terms of the elimination round,” he added. “We’ll see how the second half goes after the long break. Para lang kami magre-reset ulit.”