Rain or Shine is in no mood to exit the PBA’s 41st season without much fanfare just yet.
Struggling to stay consistent in the Governors’ Cup, the Elasto Painters try to grab the last ticket for the quarterfinals in a do-or-die game against Phoenix on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Coach Yeng Guiao, in fact, said everyone can expect his wards to lay everything on the line against the Fuel Masters in their 7:15 p.m. match.
“We are determined to live another day, we are not ready to take an early vacation,” stressed Guiao, whose team went on a roller-coaster elimination round that saw them limp to a mediocre 5-6 win-loss record.
Should they manage to survive the Fuel Masters’ test, the Elasto Painters are bound for their 13th consecutive playoffs appearance.
But Guiao don’t want to get ahead of himself.
“Wala pa kaming karapatan to talk about the future. If we survive tomorrow, from there, we can start talking about it,” he said.
Though confident they can give any playoff bound teams a run for their money, the fiery mentor believes the Fuel Masters pose a dangerous threat for their playoff lives.
Guiao pointed out that the Phoenix team Rain or Shine defeated handily in their first meeting is already a different team with the arrival of high-scoring import Eugene Phelps.
“Phoenix is a tough team. This is the best team they have built together so far, kumpleto na yung team,” he noted.
The winner of their clash will move forward to face league-leader TNT, who boasts an impressive 10-1 record. – Jason Mercene
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