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BREAKING THE STANDOFF

09:41 PM February 18, 2014

Now, it’s a virtual best-of-five.

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With San Mig Coffee equalizing the series with an 80-70 win in Game 2, all bets are off as the two remaining teams in the 2014 PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup Finals both get a well-deserved two-day break and battle once more on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

“We went strong, kept our poise, and we were able to pull it out,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone, who was able to get heroic efforts from stars Peter June Simon, Marc Pingris, and Joe Devance.

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“We talked about wanting to get this down to a best-of-five and we were able to do that,” he said.

Despite not having much rest compared to the Elasto Painters, Cone feels that his team in now coming to its own, as they perform better when their backs are against the wall.

“We just feel like this team is evolving to a big game team. I don’t think they’re tired of playing a best-of-three or a best-of-five, or even a Game 7,” said Cone. “We feel that the closer it gets to the end, the better chance we have cause they’re used to playing big games, and we’ve been a lot in the past couple of years.”

Game 3 tips off at 8 p.m.

On the other hand, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao remained unfazed, saying, “I’m not really worried. It’s a seven-game series and the longer this series takes, the better it is for us.”

Misfiring from all spots in Game 2, Guiao can only point to the torrid shooting of Jeff Chan in nipping the lead to just 10 in the endgame as the biggest positive he can draw from the loss.

But he doesn’t want to be complacent, and he looks at Game 3 as a pivotal part of the series for the E-Painters.

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“Winning Game 1 gives us the advantage,” he said. “Now, we can go make the adjustment, but we cannot afford to give up that advantage.”

“They’re too experienced to let them have the lead and for them to be taking the initiative. Game 3 is really big for us. We have to find the proper adjustments and execute better in Game 3,” said Guiao. (RL)

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