Painters snap four-game skid with new import and Guiao believes all is not lost in playoff push if team puts heart into it

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Greg Smith II (middle) barrels his well past a Blackwater double group on the best way to a team-high 38 factors that keyed the Rain or Shine win. —PHOTOS BY AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Rain or Shine can now plot its mission of making an attempt to get within the thick of the quarterfinal race after lastly nailing a primary victory within the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday.

“We’ve got to recommit ourselves in these final six video games [of the eliminations],” Guiao stated after his Elasto Painters carved out a 122-117 victory over the Blackwater Bossing at Mall of Asia Area with new import Greg Smith II.

“There’s nonetheless an opportunity. So long as we will make the playoffs, so long as you’re there and capable of play, perhaps one thing can occur,” added Guiao as Rain or Shine arrested a 0-4 begin which the veteran mentor stated might have been prevented.

Guiao’s expenses opened the season-ending convention with defeats to Meralco, TNT, Converge and Barangay Ginebra—groups on the higher tier of the standings and pre-tournament rankings.

Two of these video games—reverse TNT and Ginebra—might have resulted in wins however Rain or Shine wasn’t capable of finding a ending kick.

These setbacks prompted the Elasto Painters administration to ship residence the high-scoring Michael Qualls and introduced in Smith, who greater than six years in the past was supposed to strengthen the identical squad.

Smith didn’t make the peak restrict within the 2016 Governors’ Cup, however obtained the nod this time after the league elevated the cap by an inch from 6-foot-5.

“They stated that they’re 0-4, I need to do my greatest to attempt to go assist the group win as a lot as attainable,” stated Smith, who completed with 38 factors, six rebounds and 5 assists.

Locals key

Guiao gave Smith his plaudits as Rain or Shine pins its hopes on its new reinforcement to mesh effectively with the locals, one thing the group was actually in search of when Qualls was round.

In opposition to Blackwater, Guiao’s locals got here in and put up numbers with Santi Santillan registering 16 factors and 7 rebounds, vitality man Nick Demusis placing up a career-high 12 factors with 5 rebounds and stable a presence on protection.

“Everyone knows that imports right here have to supply the numbers,” stated Guiao. “However I additionally instructed him (Smith) that it could be simpler for us to win video games if we contain the locals.

“Our locals can rating, we all know these guys can make a contribution on offense, so we’re getting there. I believe this can be a good begin.”

Rain or Shine additionally overcame a 40-point efficiency from Blackwater import Troy Williams, however will face one other big-time scorer in Jordan Williams as Terrafirma awaits them on Thursday at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.

Blackwater suffered one other defeat regardless of main by as many as 10 and eight on the finish of the third quarter, finally falling to 1-5 with its fourth straight loss. INQ



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