PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Balanced Mamuyac game good for Rain or Shine, says Guiao

Delfin Dioquino
Balanced Mamuyac game good for Rain or Shine, says Guiao

RELIABLE ROOKIE. Gian Mamuyac makes noise for Rain or Shine after a quiet start in the Commissioner's Cup.

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Known for being a defensive specialist, Gian Mamuyac shows his offensive chops and lifts Rain or Shine to its second straight win

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine relies on Gian Mamuyac for his defensive prowess.

But Mamuyac showed his offensive chops on Sunday, October 2, as he keyed the Elasto Painters to a 106-94 win over the Terrafirma Dyip in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Held scoreless in the first half, the rookie guard dropped all of his 17 points in the last two quarters to help lead Rain or Shine to its second straight win.

Mamuyac particularly took over in the final frame, posting 11 points in the period as the Elasto Painters pulled away for good.

“He’s probably more known for his defensive abilities, but he has a balanced game. He can play both ends of the court. So that’s better, that’s good for us,” said Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao.

Mamuyac went scoreless in the Elasto Painters’ conference-opening loss to NLEX and sat out their 22-point romp of Ginebra.

But given ample playing time against Terrafirma, Mamuyac proved Guiao can also bank on him on the offensive end.

“It’s like when you combine Jeff Chan and Jireh Ibañes,” Guiao said when asked who among his previous Rain or Shine players remind him of Mamuyac.

“The good thing about this team is the quick progress. I did not expect this team to jell this soon and to be able to catch on to the system this soon.”

For Mamuyac, it helps in his adjustment to the PBA style of play that Guiao has similarities with Tab Baldwin, his former coach at Ateneo.

“Coach Yeng is big on preparation. The first thing he told us is that he’s a preparation kind of guy,” said Mamuyac. “We’re the same at Ateneo. And coach Yeng’s focus on details is similar to coach Tab’s focus.” – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.