Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao has already called off their planned family trip to London and the Elasto Painters have no other choice but to make their own share of sacrifice to fulfill what they had long wanted.
“Simple lang: Kailangan naming ipanalo ‘to para sa kanya, para sa aming lahat,” said veteran guard Paul Lee, trying his best to stay defiant following a 78-86 setback dealt by Alaska in Game 5 of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals series on Sunday, keeping Rain or Shine’s victory party on hold for another three days.
More unfortunately for Guiao, he and his wife Jenny have already shelved their plans of attending their daughter’s graduation at the Cambridge University.
That sorry development should give the Painters more reason to seal the deal on their third try against the Aces on Wednesday’s Game 6 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Grabe na ‘yung mag nagyayari, sinakripisyo na ni coach Yeng ‘yung para sa family niya. Kailangan namin gawin ‘to para sa kanya,” said the 6-foot Lee, who had another solid outing of 16 points, four rebounds and an assist but still could not prevent the Painters from absorbing their second straight loss in the finals.
The former University of the East standout couldn’t figure out what’s bugging Rain or Shine of late. But he is convinced the Painters should recover their bearings immediately.
“We’re not just here to play in the finals. Kailangan namin (makabawi). Hindi ko alam kung paano nangyari ‘yung 3-0. Nanalo kami ng tatlong sunod, ngayon natalo naman kami ng dalawang sunod,” said Lee, adding he still likes their chances of claiming the franchise’s second pro league title and its first since the 2012 Governors Cup.
“Siguro (wake up) call na ‘to sa amin. We’re still in good shape. Kailangan pa rin nila kaming talunin ng dalawang beses,” he said. “Pero andito pa rin naman kami. Kahit papaano, lamang pa rin kami sa series. Naniniwala ako sa team na makakabalik kami at makukuha pa rin namin ‘to.” – By Jerome Lagunzad
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