Yeng Guiao’s looming election defeat has motivated Rain or Shine players, vowing to go all out in winning the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship for their fiery mentor.
Rain or Shine currently holds a huge 2-0 lead against Alaska in their best-of-7 championship series.
The Elasto Painters will be gunning for a commanding 3-0 bubble on Wednesday night.
Rain or Shine resident gunner Jeff Chan believes a league championship will bring a big smile on the face of the 57-year-old Guiao, whom he credits for installing a system that has made the Elasto Painters a legitimate title contender the last 3 seasons.
“I think it (Guiao’s loss) would be good for the team because he can concentrate na sa Finals, but also, yung system kasi sa team, siya ang nag-install nun kaya even kapag wala siya, nai-implement na ng coaching staff yun,” Chan told FOX Sports on Tuesday.
The left-handed Chan said they sure missed the presence of Guiao in practice over the final 2 weeks of the campaign period.
The fiery Rain or Shine mentor in fact, failed to coach the team in Game 2 of the team’s semifinal tussle against San Miguel Beer.
But Chan said Guiao, no matter how busy he was in his campaign sortie in Pampanga where he was seeking re-election as congressman, still called them one by one to remind them what they needed to do in the series.
Guiao’s commitment to the team is what fires up the Rain or Shine players as they close in for just the franchise’s 2nd league title.
“Gusto na namin makuha yung championship. Ayaw na namin palagpasin ito saka ayaw din naman naming ma-double bukol si coach Yeng,” he said.
“Kahit paano mabigyan din naman namin siya ng kasiyahan since 2 wins more to go na lang.”
Veteran guard Chris Tiu on the other hand, noted how focused Guiao was on Tuesday as they map out their game plan for Wednesday.
“He didn’t talk about elections with us, it was just business as usual,” Tiu said.
“We did our viewing session and prepares for Game 3. He was focused and sharp as usual,” he added.
The 30-year-old Tiu is convinced that Guiao gave his best in his bid for a re-election.
“I know coach fought a good, clean fight. Bawi na lang tayo sa PBA championship,” said Tiu, Rain or Shine’s 7th overall pick in the 2012 rookie draft. – By Richard Dy
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