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Painters take on R-Warriors, seek No. 5

  • Written by Arman Carandang
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Nico Elorde of Mahindra tries to shake off  the tight guarding of Paul Lee of Rain or Shine during their game last Friday. The Elasto Painters ended a two-game losing run by beating the Enforcers, 103-88. Photo by : PBA Images Nico Elorde of Mahindra tries to shake off the tight guarding of Paul Lee of Rain or Shine during their game last Friday. The Elasto Painters ended a two-game losing run by beating the Enforcers, 103-88.

RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao is hoping their import, Jason Forte, will blend well with the locals as quickly as possible as the PBA Governors’ Cup elimination gets to its crucial phase today.

Forte scored just 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in a less-than-impressive debut marred with horrendous stint from the free throw line where he made just one of eight attempts.

“I told him (Forte) he can’t miss too many freethrows,” said Guiao after the Painters survived Mahindra, 103-88, in a win where the locals primarily took care of everything.

“Challenge for us is to gel him as soon as we can,” added Guiao.
    
With Forte still in adjustment stage, Guiao is hoping the locals will take care of the business, more so against a relatively tall NLEX team the Painters will play today at the Mall of Asia Arena.
    
“Mas maganda pa talaga laro namin na all Filipino. Against NLEX, that’s a big team with Asi (Taulava) and the import Bill Walker,” said Guiao as he cautioned the Painters in their 4:30 p.m. meeting with the  Road Warriors at the Mall of Asia Arena.
 
Guiao nevertheless is optimistic the Painters have fair chance against the Road Warriors provided they could keep their running game.
   
The Painters are currently tied with Phoenix Fuels in fifth and sixth places at 4-4, while the Road Warriors are left stranded near the bottom of the standings with a 3-5 win-loss slate.
    
Meralco, which fell to San Miguel Beer last Wednesday (110-106), takes on Star Hotshots in the main tussle at 6:45 p.m.
 
The Hotshots are virtually out of contention with just one win to show in eight outings, and that situation could pretty well pose serious threat on the Bolts in the game.