A night before heading to his public office battle, Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao received a good omen after his Rain or Shine squad came together to eke out a pulsating Game 2 win over Alaska on Sunday.
Guiao, running for congressman in Pampanga, claimed another victory on the hardcourt as Paul Lee turned lethal anew for the Elasto Painters in their 105-103 win to wrest a commanding 2-0 lead in the PBA Commisioner’s Cup Finals at the Big Dome.
“It wasn’t the play but it turned out to be the winning play for us,” described Guiao after Lee hit the game winner in the dying moments of Game 2 of the best-of-7 series.
With the game all tied-up at 103, Guiao’s gameplan at the timeout was thrown out of the window but Lee luckily found himself wide open near the basket to nail the dagger shot off Beau Belga’s missed three-point attempt.
While crediting Lee in his late-game heroics and his return to his leadership role, Guiao also praised other players for rising to the occasion for Rain or Shine that set up the game-winning shot.
“A lot of players stepped up when we needed them,” he said, referring to Jewel Ponferada, JR Quinahan, Jericho Cruz, and Beau Belga, who combined for 48 points in grinding out the come-from-behind win.
But despite securing a commanding upperhand in the series, Guiao does not want to fall into complacency against a tough Alaska team.
“We have 2-game cushion but it’s not going to be safe against Alaska,” he said. “Game 3 is gonna be tougher than Game 2.”
Guaio also shared he will be more focused now with the team right after the election comes to a close Monday night. — By Jason Mercene
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