Both teams are looking to make a quick bounce back game after they absorbed defeats in their last outings. The Beermen surrendered to the TNT KaTropa while the Elasto painters bowed down against the Blackwater Elite.
Rain or Shine is currently the best defensive team in this early stages of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. They just limit their opponent to only 83 points and that was the key when they toppled the NLEX Road Warriors and the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in their first two outings.
Although they lost that game, the good news is that Raymond Almazan is back in ROS uniform.
In his return he was only allowed to play few minutes but against the Beermen, coach Caloy Garcia may soak him and give more minutes to counter SMB’s giants.
Coach Leo Austria is seeking for that five straight Philippine Cup trophy but the other 11 teams improved their lineup as well as their system which makes SMB All-Filipino campaign much more challenging.
“Wala talagang pwedeng biruin na team sa PBA, much more this Rain or Shine team coming from a loss,” said Austria.