Guiao after Game 6 loss: 'We just messed it up'

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Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said the loss was their fault, as they failed to step up to the occasion. He said the Elasto Painters failed to capitalize on the absence of June Mar Fajardo.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao looked more relaxed than frustrated even after the Elasto Painters succumbed to the San Miguel Beermen in Game 6 of their Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday (January 15).

Guiao said they couldn't blame anyone for the stinging loss to the Beermen, who arranged a rematch with the Alaska Aces in the last dance that will kick off on Sunday (January 17).

"Wala naman akong pwedeng sabihin, we just messsed it up," said Guiao moments after the contest.

The Elasto Painters, Guiao said, failed to capitalize on the absence of June Mar Fajardo, who was wheeled out of the Smart-Araneta Coliseum after hurting his left knee in the opening minutes of the third quarter.

"We bungled our chance to make the finals. We had a break when Fajardo got injured, but we were not able to capitalize it," he said.

"It's our fault, we cannot blame anybody. We failed to step up to the occasion."

Although Rain or Shine did have a fighting chance in the best-of-seven series, Guiao was not surprised with the outcome of the grueling skirmish.

"I'm not really surprised because they have the talent. I'm surprised with how we handled it because I just felt that they [the players] could handle it easy, they could have an easy time when Fajardo was not on the court and even with the lead going back to San Miguel they probably felt 'Oh we can take the lead anytime, we can chop it down' but it never happened because they were making points at the right time and they were breaking our momentum," he said.

So how does Rain or Shine recuperate from this?

"Learn and pick up the pieces from this experience," Guiao said.