Despite a 5-6 record, Rain or Shine somehow managed to get a best-of-3 series as the no. 6 seed in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
The opponent? The upstart Blackwater team that finished in the top-3 with a strong 7-4 mark.
ROS was confident going in as they got what they felt like was the perfect matchup for them.
“Yun yung sinabi ko sa kanila noong after manalo ng TNT, sabi ko sa huddle, binigyan tayo ng chance ng TNT na maging No. 6 instead of No. 7 na mayroong twice-to-beat disadvantage,” forward Beau Belga said.
“Ngayon, nandito tayo sa sixth spot, binigyan tayo ng tsansa, sa tingin ko kailangan nating i-grab. Kasi yung tsansa na ito, once in a lifetime lang mangyayari na sa best-of-three ka matatapat instead sa disadvantage na twice-to-beat. Sabi ko sa kanila, samantalahin natin,” he added.
ROS worked for its Game 1 win against Blackwater Saturday, needing a late Rey Nambatac triple to steal an 83-80 decision.
The Elasto Painters are making good of their chance as they are one win away from a return trip to the semifinals. They don’t plan on wasting the opportunity.
“Sabi ko, we have a good chance against Blackwater. Sabi ko, alam naman niyo na pagdating ng playoffs, nag-iiba yung laro. Yun yung pinakita namin,” Belga said.
“Dito mo makikita kung hanggang saan aabot yung team namin pagdating dito sa mga ganitong close game na mai-survive namin. Today, we showed na kaya namin. May kumpiyansa ako sa teammates ko na pagdating sa Game 2, when it comes sa dikdikan, hindi kami mara-rattle. Yun ang ine-expect ko sa kanila,” he added.
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