Llamados, Painters begin title clash
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine and B-Meg Derby Ace will begin their best-of-7 title duel on Sunday to determine who will take home the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Rain or Shine will be the fresher team after enjoying a 3-day break since making it into the finals.
“Alam kong magiging bugbugan itong Finals so I gave my boys the chance to rest,” said Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao in PBA.ph. “Doon man lang ay magkaroon kami ng kaunting advantage.”
Rain or Shine will be making its first finals appearance since joining the lague in 2006.
The Elasto Painters secured the first finals slot by blasting B-Meg, 92-82, last Wednesday.
This forced the Llamados to go through a sudden-death playoff game against Barangay Ginebra last Friday for the second finals berth.
B-Meg defeated the Gin Kings, 74-72.
Llamados coach Tim Cone will try to tie Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan as the winningest coach in the league’s history.
Dalupan holds 15 titles, while Cone already has 14 PBA crowns.
But Cone said beating Rain or Shine is no easy feat.
“We really have a problem matching up with Rain or Shine especially in the backcourt. Our guards are smaller,” said the B-Meg coach. “We have to get good performances from Josh Urbiztondo, Mark Barroca and Jonas Villanueva if we are to put up a good fight.”