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PBA: Yeng Guiao, Rain or Shine hope to pull off another surprise vs debuting Ginebra


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Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao while arranging a play in the meantime. PBA . IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines-Coach Yeng Guiao doesn’t expect to see two lightning strikes for Rain or Shine as it faces off against Barangay Ginebra’s team not only making their PBA Governors’ Cup debut, but possibly also. There’s a bit of a residue left over from a successful championship three weeks ago.

“That’s what happened at the last conference,” Guiao said. “But it’s hard to do it twice in a row.”

Swirling with a 0-3 record, Guiao can’t be blamed for feeling a bit defeated as Gin Kings, who beat away the Bay Area Dragons to claim the Commissioner’s crown last January 15, is likely. ability to put on a good performance and go away with a win.

But the Elasto Painters could find some inspiration from September 28, 2022 when they denied the Gin Kings a winning start to the mid-season with a convincing 93-71 win at the Mall of Asia Arena.

However, Guiao feels that Rain or Shine, which has succumbed to the teams currently having all-win records in Meralco, TNT and Converge, is facing the difficult task of creating a repeat of the match. Sunday against Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

He considers the hard-fought victory over the Bay Area a huge boon for Ginebra, who, despite the long break, has helped boost their confidence and position as perhaps the team to beat in the tournament. end of the season.

“Ginebra still has a big advantage, especially with the way we’re playing,” Guiao said. “It will be a tough match. First, we have to raise our spirits because it’s very difficult to come back 0-3, and second, find a way to stop Ginebra.

“The way they are playing, the way [Justin] Brownlee is playing, the way players like Scottie [Thompson] And [Jamie] Malonzo is playing, they get bigger and deeper with better chemistry because that’s how you get playing a series of seven games. So Sunday’s game will be tough,” he added.

So, in addition to trying his best to win, Guiao is also hoping something will happen.

“Milagro siguro (Maybe we need a miracle),” he said. “Pero Nangyayari naman ang milagro (But miracles still happen).”

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