TALK ‘N Text and Rain or Shine are expected to play more physical when they break their 1-1 tie at 5 p.m. today in Game Three of the best-of-seven championship series of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
With five players scoring in double figures led by import Wayne Chism, the Elasto Painters brought the series to a tie following their 116-108 victory in Game Two on Friday. They lost Game One, 92-99, on Wednesday.
Coach Yeng Guiao of Rain or Shine described the triumph as the biggest break that they were looking for to boost their confidence.
“We just tied the series. But it boosted our confidence. If we can survive Jayson Castro’s 44 points, 27 in the first half and overcame a 17-point deficit, then we have the confidence, we can really play with our best,” Guiao said.
He added that the big comeback showed the team’s mental toughness and big desire to win their second title since joining the league in 2006.
“We fought back. It’s just the mental toughness of the guys that will push us in this series.”
However, coach Jong Uichico blamed defensive lapses particularly in the final half as the cause of their downfall, saying they did not play the way they should.
“We scored but they [Rain or Shine] scored a lot more. They are really capable of scoring a lot. We just did not defend the way we should have,” said Uichico, citing Rain or Shine’s 42-of-85 shooting from the field against 37-of-71 of the Texters.
“At the end of the day, the team that make the shots will win. But we have other options. We just have to find it during the game. It’s not like it’s always Jayson Castro,” Uichico said.