On Friday, fans were treated to an exciting shootout between two of the best guards in the PBA today – Paul Lee of Rain or Shine and Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort.
Romeo got the better of the individual matchup, but Lee got the job done in carrying his team to its second-straight win as a new rivalry has shaped up.
In the eyes of Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, this rivalry will be interesting for the league and the fans alike.
“That was excellent marksmanship between two excellent guards. It’s a rivalry that I think is going to be very interesting in this league. None of those guys are gonna back down. That’s going to be a treat for the fans as long as it does not get nasty,” Guiao told sportswriters during the post game interview.
Admittedly, Guiao has had problems trying to find the right matchup for Romeo as the former UAAP MVP burned the hoops and scored 29 to lead the Batang Pier.
“They have a lot of good individual players who can break down the defense, but Romeo just gave us a problem on the matchups,” added Guiao.
Lee, on the other hand, finished with 25 points, but got balanced support from the rest of the team.
For Guiao, putting Lee on the starting unit has somewhat made him more productive.
“I’m not really sure, but I started him the last game and he made his treys early. I started him today and he made his treys early also,” added Guiao. “I usually don’t start a guy three times in a row, but I’m thinking about that in the next game. Starting him helped him right away, but with our system, he’s not going to start every game and he knows that. He has to be able to get the same game coming off the bench.”