As unacceptable as it was to see Rain or Shine squander a 14-point lead in the team’s 101-98 loss to TNT, coach Yeng Guiao said it is too early to press the panic button.
But the fiery coach did admit that Rain or Shine’s eye-popping 19 turnovers and poor free throw shooting were uncharacteristic for a team that is coming off a Commissioner’s Cup championship.
“To me, it’s (loss to TNT) out of character. We won the championship, and we’ve been through a lot. We’ve been through difficult situations but we’ve been able to carve out some wins,” shared Guiao, after emerging from the team dugout.
“But in this game today, I felt we were like rookies making rookie mistakes in the 4th quarter especially.”
Guiao also felt the team wasn’t able to get anything from the post when the Elasto Painters tried to dump the ball inside to import Dior Lowhorn.
The wide-bodied Rain or Shine reinforcement easily attracted the double-team, which would mean getting Paul Lee, Jeff Chan, Norwood or rookie Maverick Ahanmisi open from beyond the arc.
But Lowhorn failed to kick the ball out in several instances that forced Guiao to sit him during the tailend of the last quarter.
“I sat him out in the last few minutes because I felt, although he was attracting the double team, there was nothing coming out of it. Wala kaming makuha,” stressed Guiao.
“But this is just the first game. We struggled a lot more during the last conference than this conference,” he added.”We had 3 or 4 import changes then before we got our rhythm so to us, this is not really an urgent situation yet.”
Rain or Shine, which was led by Lowhorn’s 20 points and 10 rebounds, swings back to action on Saturday against Phoenix. – By Richard Dy
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