Rain or Shine reaching the Finals of the PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament came as a surprise to Ara Abaca.
Abaca admitted that they never even thought they’d get as far as the semifinals.
“We never expected na makapasok ng semis. Para makarating pa ng Finals, di talaga expected yun. Ok na sa amin na manalo kami ng dalawa o tatlo,” she said.
But the Elasto Painters even overachieved, winning four games in the eliminations and disposing Ginebra in the semifinals before falling short to eventual champions NLEX.
Though Abaca was disappointed with their finish, she relished the experience of playing in the big stage.
“Ok naman yung experience. Intense lang talaga. Sobrang layo lang ng difference ng kalaban namin sa championship. Sobrang experienced na nila compared sa amin at yung chemistry talaga, kita sa flow ng game. Lahat ng tira nila nagko-connect,” she said.
Abaca said that team work is always key to success in any team.
“Kailangan talaga sa basketball, di pwedeng isa lang,” she said.
“Dapat lahat connected para manalo yung team. Pag hindi kayo connected as a group, mahirap eh. Di pwedeng dalhin lang ng isang tao. Kung ano yung takbo ng isa, ganun dapat ang takbo ng lahat.”