Quiñahan, ROS players doing everything to win PH Cup title for Guiao
Despite his coaching brilliance, Yeng Guiao, has yet to own a coveted Philippine Cup championship.
And as Rain or Shine approaches another semifinals series, its players are doing whatever it takes to win one for its fiery mentor.
Take for example JR Quiñahan, who is cutting down his weight to keep up with the younger players as he aspires to be more effective on the floor.
“Pangarap namin matulungan din si coach makapasok sa finals at mabigyan ng isang championship sa all-Filipino,” said Quiñahan, one half of the Elasto Painters’ Extra Rice Inc. combo, the other being Beau Belga.
Quiñahan, the nine-year veteran, shared he has already shed 20 pounds and he’s looking to drop 10 more.
“Yung mga kasabayan namin, pabata na ng pabata. Kailangang makisabay sa kanila,” said the 31-year-old power forward.
“Gusto ko pa magbawas ng mga 10 pounds pa siguro at maintain na lang. Yung mga rookies kasi ang taas tumalon eh. Medyo bumilis din ako at mas matagal mapagod. Malaking tulong talaga.”
There’s no better time for Quiñahan to be in great shape than now with defending champion San Miguel Beer and its reigning back-to-back MVP June Mar Fajardo standing in Rain or Shine’s way.
The Painters pinned one of the Beermen’s two losses in the elimination round and Quiñahan hopes to replicate his team’s 99-85 win in their best-of-seven series starting Tuesday night.
“Nung manalo kami sa eliminations, nag-click yung game plan namin. Sana ganun pa rin sa series. Kung hindi, mag-aadjust na lang kami,” he said.
Quiñahan’s diet, though, won’t mark the end of the Extra Rice Inc.
“Minsan pag gutom, kain pa rin kami,” he said with a laugh, referring to Belga. “Nabu-burn pa rin naman yun eh.”
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