San Miguel out to get the job done vs streaking Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine faces a daunting task as they go up against powerhouse San Miguel in the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals at the PhilSports Arena on Friday.

Despite their lower ranking, coach Yeng Guiao and his team are determined to put up a strong fight against the second-seeded Beermen, in order to overcome their win-once advantage.

“Pag na-disgrasya mo iyan ng minsan baka ma-pressure na sa susunod,” said Guiao. “Ang hirap lang i-rattle ng San Miguel, mas beterano sila sa amin.”

Guiao also mentioned that it would be challenging for his team to stop SMB’s potent offense, which is centered on talented bigs June Mar Fajardo and Bennie Boatwright.

“Malaking problema talaga si June Mar at saka si Boatwright. I think their combination is, I wouldn’t say unguardable, but parang version sila ni Arwind and June Mar. Only Boatwright is probably a better shooter and a bigger player who can also post up,” noted Guiao.

“So parang they’re very comfortable running the high-low (offense) and they’re surrounded by locals who are very talented and can also score,” he added.

“So inaayos namin ngayon kung paano depensahan iyon. We have some ideas on how to do it, but we won’t know until the game kung uubra ‘yung mga plano namin.”

SMB won their only elimination round meeting on November 29th with a score of 115-110. During that time, the Beermen had Ivan Aska as reinforcement and Terrence Romeo and Vic Manuel were injured. Don Trollano was also acquired in a multi-team trade from NLEX.

Demetrius Treadwell made his league debut in that game, replacing Dajuan Summers. Since then, he has played a key role in Rain or Shine’s six-game winning streak, along with Andrei Caracut, Santo Santillán, Beau Belga, and Keith Datu.

However, Guiao acknowledges that stopping or minimizing the impact of SMB’s key locals, such as CJ Perez, Jericho Cruz, Marcio Lassiter, and Mo Tautuaa, will be a challenge for his team.

“The locals of San Miguel are just too talented for us to defend them on single coverage matchups. So kailangan talaga may konsepto ka nu’ng kung paano kayo magtutulungan,” said Guiao. “So walang chink sa armor nila offensively.”

Guiao believes that his team can find an opening on the other end of the court. He suggests that they may have a slight advantage in attacking the opponent’s defense and playing a faster-paced style of play.

“So we will try to maximize yuong advantage namin na iyon. But at the same time if we cannot solve iyung combination ni June Mar and Boatwright wala kaming chance sa San Miguel.”

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