Rain or Shine vs. Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
It’s a battle between a young, upcoming powerhouse and a current PBA championship experience-rich squad.
It’s Rain or Shine’s “Extra Rice, Inc.” big men Beau Belga and JR Quinahan, going up against veterans Ali Peek, Ranidel de Ocampo and Kelly Williams.
Yeng Guiao claims his team is the underdog in this seven-game championships series that starts on Wednesday. And maybe in some respect, Rain or Shine can be the underdog when we talk of the talent aspect.
But I think Rain or Shine’s biggest weapon entering the series is its big, fighting heart.
Guiao said his team was not the favorite when the Elasto Painters faced the crowd drawing Barangay Ginebra quintet in the quarterfinals. And they sure weren’t the favorites against bitter rival San Mig Coffee during the semifinals.
But in those twin series, the Elasto Painters managed to grind out the needed victories en route to reaching the PBA Finals for the second straight conference. They did it because they fought from start to finish. They fought each game as if there is no tomorrow.
However, the degree of difficulty increases at this point, considering that Talk ‘N Text, the reigning two-time PBA Philippine Cup champion won’t just simply surrender its throne to Guiao and Co.
Guiao and his counterpart Norman Black expect a long-drawn battle in the championship series.