IT has never been this rough and tough for Rain or Shine in the PBA.
The Elasto Painters play Phoenix Fuels today in a playoff for the eighth and last quarterfinal berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“It’s been a struggle all- conference long but as long as we have a chance to get to the next round, we’ll just keep playing as hard as we can,” said RoS coach Yeng Guiao.
Guiao made that statement after the Painters defeated the Star Hotshots, 108-97, in the penultimate playdate of the elimination round last Friday.
That victory averted an outright elimination of the Painters, and enabled Rain or Shine to force a three-way tie for the eighth and last quarterfinal berth with the Fuel Masters and NLEX who all ended at 5-6.
The Road Warriors though took the no. 7 spot by virtue of having the highest quotient, leaving the Fuel Masters and the Elasto Painters to dispute the last quarterfinal slot at 7 p.m. today.
“We just kept ourselves alive for at least another day and we’re just happy we won,” said Guiao, referring to that victory where import Josh Dollard scored 27 points.
The Painters have defeated the Fuel Masters in their first encounter in the elimination, but that isn’t a guarantee of a repeat win, more since the Fuel Masters, in the words of Guiao, have improved a lot.
“We beat them in the elimination, but I guess it’s a different ballgame now because they have a new import,” stressed Guiao.
“When we played them they had a different import. They’ve been a dangerous team all-conference long. Sila, they’ve improved a lot from the last conference we played, while we struggled a lot. Sila umangat, kami ang bumabagsak, sana makabawi. They’re a totally different team now w/ this new import,” said Guiao, referring to Phoenix’s import Eugene Phelps.
Just as exciting is the 4:15 p.m. opening tussle between Meralco and Mahindra who will clash for the fourth and last slot that carries twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
The game will be a preview of sort for the Bolts and the Enforcers since they are actually meeting in the quarterfinals, with the winner earning the incentive.