B-Meg and Rain or Shine are on the separate ends of the leader board but only war can be expected as they meet in a crucial tiff Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Llamados seek to formalize entry into the playoffs while the Elasto Painters continue to fight to stay alive in their 5:15 p.m. faceoff.
Hot on a two-game run, the Llamados are looking not just to beat the Elasto Painters but sweep their last two games to gain outright entry into the semifinal round.
“We’d like to get to the Top Two. That's the ultimate goal,” said B-Meg coach Tim Cone.
Cone wants his team to sustain their playoff form as he expects the Elasto Painters to wage a war in a bid to survive another do-or-die setto.
The multi-titled American mentor said Rain or Shine can’t be taken lightly.
“Rain or Shine has been struggling but they can play big anytime,” Cone pointed out.
Rain or Shine kept its flickering playoff hopes alive in clobbering Air21, 113-83, Friday.
Regaining their old fiery form, the Elasto Painters seized control early and hardly relaxed,
hammering the big win to stop a three-game slide. They remain down the cellar, though, still facing a huge catch-up job in order to salvage a spot in the playoffs.
“We’re not losing hope. Whatever happens, we’ll try to win our next two games,” said Rain or
Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
Guiao says they would rather have a slim chance than no chance at all. And Guiao stresses they will fight for as long as they have a game to play.
The volatile RoS mentor hopes their win over Air21 serves as a spark allowing them to sweep their last two games.
The Elasto Painters played their best game in the tourney against the Express, dominating from start to finish.
“We played defense. It was our best defensive effort all conference long. And for the first time
in a long while, our locals stepped up,” said Guiao.
“We’ve regained our shooting. Hopefully, we sustain that and our win against Air21 provides us
the spark,” Guiao added. (SB)