“The guys just did not give up. They won this game on their own. I have nothing to do with this victory,” said Guiao.
With the game going neck-to-neck, the former UC standout Fajardo tied the game with a three-point play at 82-all with still 5:50 to play. Jeff Chan responded with a layup to give Rain or Shine the edge, 84-82.
A free throw from Gabe Norwood, and a barrage of misses from Petron, in the endgame sealed the Rain or Shine's win with its 11th win over its last 12 games.
“I thought there were a lot of bad calls. Any team made of softer material would have folded up. It’s a testimony to the character of the guys,” said Guiao, who paid tribute to assistant coach Caloy Garcia for taking over after the ejection.
“I take my hat off to Coach Caloy for not giving up where I gave up.”
Rain or Shine a win away of entering the finals with a hard-fought victory over the Blaze Boosters Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 2/04/2014 Rating: