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Reset serves Painters well, with imports paying attention to unfinished business


Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, armed with a new product, hit the button to restart his team’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup campaign after opening the tournament with four losses consecutive.

The result was a mild success: A win over Blackwater, 122-117, Sunday night.

“The coach said this is a clean standings. 0-0 at this point. It’s 1-0 now,” said Greg Smith II, initial choice for the 2016 Governor’s Cup, who had only just crossed the height limit that season and was replaced by Dior Lowhorn.

Smith is a replacement this time around, sold on reset and wants his teammates to take advantage.

“[Guiao] said he wants to reset everything that happened before and you know, this is just a new opportunity for everyone,” the American striker told reporters on his way out of the Mall of Asia. Arena.

Smith was inactive for about half a year after the birth of her first child. The last time he competed was in the ESPN Basketball League nearly six months ago. But the chance to finally come to Rain or Shine and work things out is hard to pass up, he said.

“I don’t particularly want to play early just because [my son] very young. But this opportunity is something I really want to do because, like I said, in 2016 I want to be here and this is where I really feel comfortable. Now I am here. Hopefully we can win some games now.”

Smith’s return couldn’t have been more timely for Guiao and his crew. At 1-4, the Painters still have six more games left on their schedule and some of them could be won.

Various missions

Next up for 1-4 Rain or Shine is Terrafirma, followed by Magnolia, NLEX, and then Phoenix. The strong team then faced off against NorthPort before ending the elimination phase against San Miguel Beer.

Smith knows it’s a whole different task to lead a team trying to turn its campaign around instead of helping that team win a second PBA crown—his original mission dates back almost seven years. before.

But he’s also adamant that both tasks have the same kind of pressure.

“I still think it’s the same kind of pressure. This is a program to be proud of. i know gabe [Norwood] is a champion, Beau [Belga] is a champion. These guys are looking to win,” Smith said. “I think it’s the same kind of pressure as when I came in 2016: Go ahead and try to get us into the knockout stages and make something happen.”

“I feel like—especially with the locals we have, that if we could go there [to these playoffs], we can beat somebody and at least make it a game,” he said. request


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