WHAT’S happening to Rain or Shine?
A consistent playoff team in the last three seasons, the Elasto Painters are now fighting for dear life as they play an ousted but dangerous Star Hotshots team in the penultimate playdate of PBA Governors’ Cup elimination round at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“It’s been a struggle for us this conference,” admitted RoS coach Yeng Guiao. “But we can still save this conference if we can find our old selves on Friday and thereafter.”
The Elasto Painters have been struggling, going hot on several occasions and cold most of the time in a campaign that kept them stranded near the bottom with the Commissioner’s Cup titlists winning only four of 10 outings.
All is not lost though for the Painters as they could still make the quarterfinal round by beating the Hotshots in their 7 p.m. encounter, and hope that NLEX wins over Alaska in the first game at 4:15 p.m.
That scenario — which is just one of the many possibilities in the last two playdates – will propel the Painters to the next round outright. But if they win and Alaska wins too, NLEX Road Warriors will go outright to the next round, leaving RoS and Alaska battling in a playoff for the last QF berth.
“The important thing is just to keep ourselves alive and motivated,” said Guiao.
He also acknowledged the danger of playing a team like Star Hotshots that has nothing to lose.
“There is always danger in playing a team that has nothing to lose. We keep this in mind in our game tomorrow (today),” added Guiao.
As for situation in the Alaska-NLEX tussle, the latter has nothing to worry about in the game since the Road Warriors are already assured of a spot in the next round no matter what happens today. It’s only the position that’s being eyed by Alaska and NLEX in the game.
As it is, a number of possibilities can still muddle the last two playing dates of the elimination round, but one thing is sure, according to PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
“No matter what the results of the last four games in the elims which include the doubleheader on Sunday, there is going to be at least one playoff game on Tuesday or Wednesday,” said Mangonon.
There is going to be a playoff either between Meralco and Mahindra for twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals (since the 1-2-3 positions on top have yet to be determined), or between NLEX and Phoenix, or Alaska and NLEX for the eighth and last quarterfinal berth in the event the Painters win.
Complications will be lessened in the event the Painters lose.
The battle for the top three slots hasn’t subsided yet though.
“1-2-3 still to be determined by TNT vs. Ginebra, SMB vs Blackwater in the last playdate on Sunday in Biñan, Laguna,” said Mangonon.