Cruz looking forward to another crack at the champs
Paul Lintag on Feb 03, 2017 11:18 PM
"Ready na ako for next game, actually lahat kami ready na." --- Jericho Cruz on Rain or Shine's quarterfinal matchup against two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer.
After finally punching their ticket to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters now set their sights on ending the two-year reign of San Miguel.
And despite being the no. 8 seed taking on the no. 1 Beermen who have not lost since November 30 of last year, count of ROS to not show any bit of fear against the champs.
In fact, count on them to show eagerness in staging a major upset.
"Ready na ako for next game, actually lahat kami ready na," forward Jericho Cruz, who sizzled for Rain or Shine with 12 points and 12 rebounds to help oust Blackwater Friday, said.
"Yung team namin, di mo rin alam eh. Anybody can get off. Hindi mo rin mababasa sa team namin. Ako excited and ready na ako makipag-laban sa kanila," he added, drawing confidence from the fact that the Elasto Painters played the Beermen tough before eventually losing in overtime three weeks ago.
Losing four straight games before taking care of the Elite in a one-game knockout, Cruz couldn't help but think that his team blew a major opportunity this conference.
However, making the playoffs is still something to celebrate at least for one day before going back to work.
"Of course, hindi naman mawawala yun pero we're here na eh. Nangyari na yun, past is past na para sakin," talking about their missed chance at the number 2 spot following a 5-2 start.
"We're happy. Since we got this win we're really happy na we got to move on. Kahit 8th seed kami, kalaban namin San Miguel they have twice-to-beat, okay lang samin. You never know we might have the chance to beat them," he added, still not showing any fear despite an impending showdown with the best team in the league.
The San Miguel-Rain or Shine quarterfinal matchup, with the Beermen holding a twice-to-beat edge, is set for Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
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