YENG Guiao rued the opportunity that Rain or Shine allowed to slip away after losing Game Three of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals despite controlling the match majority of the way.
The Elasto Painters led by as many as nine points in the first half and eight in the third period, but lost the contest on their final possession as Jeff Chan missed a long, hurried three-pointer in the dying seconds, allowing San Mig to escape with a 77-76 victory.
“We could have just broken the game away, but we were not able to cash in on that advantage,” said Guiao, who took more than an hour before emerging from Rain or Shine’s dugout Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“We’re disappointed, but we’re not discouraged.”
Despite now trailing the best-of-seven series at 1-2, Guiao remains upbeat about the Elasto Painters’ chance of coming back especially with the way they played Wednesday night.
“I’m not really discouraged because I know at a certain point, we could just have broken the game away.”
Guiao said the team learned its lesson well which should augurs the Elasto Painters well in the series.
“We learned our lesson on that and we just have to take that lesson into Game 4,” he said.
Again, the fiery Rain or Shine coach stressed the longer the series gets, the better for his team.
“But we’ll have other opportunities. The good thing about it is that if we can keep the series longer I still feel we can come out the winner in this series,” he said.