Playoff contest heats up

first_imgTristan Tamayo/NQUIRER.netRain or Shine’s matchup against Columbian has taken an inexplicable turn for the worse—at least from the Elasto Painters’ point of view.Since last season, Rain or Shine, a perennial darkhorse in any tournament, hasn’t beaten the club that most any team in the PBA would be eager to play against.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “We’re trying to prepare hard for San Miguel Beer,” said Guiao, whose Road Warriors battle the Beermen at 7 p.m.Meanwhile, NorthPort (2-3) looks to put a controversial loss to Phoenix behind it when the Batang Pier battle the Meralco Bolts at 4:30 p.m.NorthPort nearly toppled current standings leader Phoenix Pulse recently but an offensive foul whistled on star forward Sean Anthony that nullified a lead-forging triple changed the complexion of the match in a crucial endgame sequence.The league has since admitted the call was wrong.Wins become even more crucial at this stretch of the tournament, where a single result can shake up the standings and practically define the makeup of the playoffs.And the Painters’ situation is the best cautionary tale. Now, every team with three losses or less can take a shot at the Painters’ hold of the No. 2 spot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “We’re not ourselves,” was all Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia could say following an 85-82 loss to the Dyip in the Philippine Cup elimination round on Wednesday night. “Maybe they feel like they match up well against us. They hit big shots toward the end.”“Kontra pelo talaga namin ang Columbian,” Garcia added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesA proud franchise which made its mark bringing down league heavyweights going through a winless spell against a perennial doormat?“We’re frustrated,” said big man Beau Belga, who only had four points in 26 minutes of action.center_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Ex-star Reyes not worried over La Salle slide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s like we’ve never learned our lesson,” Belga added in Filipino. “I actually don’t know what to do. If you were able to see the dugout scene earlier, everyone looked pissed. We thought we had an easier job since we were able to survive the stronger teams.”Rain or Shine rode into the long break on a five-game winning streak and a solid shot at landing one of two playoff bonuses. That run ended with a loss to TNT and that twice-to-beat cushion is now in grave danger after the loss to Columbian.Suddenly, it provided the other teams chasing that quarterfinal bonus a wider door.Defending champion San Miguel Beer is one of those teams. And the Beermen resume their chase for a top two berth when they battle the NLEX Road Warriors on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.National coach Yeng Guiao returns from a fruitful stint during Fiba’s Asian qualifiers, where he steered Gilas Pilipinas to a World Cup berth, and he will be facing a different set of problems as he tries to pump life into NLEX’s playoff hopes.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img