RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao praised Star counterpart Jason Webb for instilling his own system at the Hotshots camp, one that’s far different from former coach Tim Cone’s triangle offense.
The Elasto Painters defeated the Hotshots in Webb’s debut, 96-87, but Guiao admitted the Hotshots outran his team early in a battle between two teams who like to go out in the transition.
By dictating the pace, the Hotshots managed to erect an early double-digit lead, which the Painters erased in the second half when Webb's team, by James Yap's own admission, veered away from the system of the rookie coach.
“It’s a new look playing Purefoods this time; ibang-iba talaga,” said Guiao, visibly impressed to see Webb depart from the successful, time-tested system of Cone. “They were actually faster than we were in transition.”
“Maybe it was just the adjustment on their side that took its toll,” Guiao said of the Hotshots, who had been playing under the triangle for the last four years.
“But Jason Webb is going to be a great coach in this league.”
Webb, a former La Salle star who used to do analysis for the TV coverage of the games, said seeing his team speed off to an early lead felt like a 'bad omen' knowing Guiao's veteran squad will make a comeback.
True enough, Star had no answer when the Elasto Painters stepped on the gas in the second half.
“When we got that lead in the first quarter, we almost felt that it was almost a bad omen,” admitted the young mentor. “You know that team is going to come back and that's what we have to see in the future. We need to figure out how to respond when teams come back.”
Webb stressed the team needs to learn to play for 48 minutes especially against a team like Rain or Shine.
“It doesn’t really matter. We led for 36 minutes, but ang importante is kung sino ang lamang sa 48th minute eh,” he added. “It wasn't going to be that easy.”
The former PBA player said he felt this was a game 'we could win' because Star had the edge in match-ups against Rain or Shine. That won't be the case against Barangay Ginebra, Webb added.
“It's a very bad match-up for us," Webb said of Star's next outing on Sunday against Ginebra and former coach Cone.
"Rain or Shine is fairly good matchup for us. You talk about size and manpower, and we talked with the guys, sayang kasi this is a game we could win,” said Webb.
“With Ginebra, you could give the advantage to them. Nakita na nila kami, although what they saw wasn't something pretty. They're a tough match-up for us or any team sa laki nila,” he added.