Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said his team is still hurting from a controversial loss to Alaska but he hopes to use it as a challenge when they clash with the Meralco Bolts today in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum in Palawan.
"We're still hurting because of that game," said Guiao, referring to the loss to Alaska last week which he blamed on a referee's missed call. "But that will not affect us when we play Meralco and I'm confident on that."
They got a consolation though when the Commissioner's office suspended referee Emmanuel Tanquion for 10 games when he failed to call what the commissioner's office said was two obvious fouls committed by Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva on ROS import Bruno Sundov in the dying seconds - the last one led to an unmolested layup by Cyrus Baguio that gave the Aces an 83-81.
But still all is not well within the Painters' camp.
They will be missing their Jeff Chan who will be out for at least a month after he fractured his left thumb while trying to go through a pick set by Beau Belga during the team's practice three days ago.
"Sumabit 'yung kamay ni Jeff, so that's a major development on us," said Guiao.
Guiao, however, expects others to deliver for the team.
Last conference, Paul Lee missed the team's first 13 games while he recovered from a shoulder surgery but Rain or Shine was able to hold on sans their star playmaker and made the playoffs.
"We all know that Jeff is a big part of this team, but just like what happened to us when we Paul Lee missed several games, others stepped up. And that's what I expect from other players who will be given an opportunity, or longer playing time with Jeff out," said Guiao.
Rain or Shine will face a team that won its initial game this conference with a 99-92 win over powerhouse Talk 'N Text with import Eric Dawson collecting 37 points and 14 rebounds, but was held to just 15 and 13 in an 85-81 loss to Alaska last Sunday.