Fiery coach Yeng Guiao got tossed out for just the 1st time this season during the 1st half of the Rain or Shine-Mahindra opening match on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Guiao, easily the league’s most outspoken coach, felt the inconsistency of officiating for one stretch in the 1st half was a huge factor that enabled the Enforcers to gobble up their 11-point lead.
“I was upset late in the 2nd quarter because I thought there was 1 bad call after another,” Guiao said after the game, which Rain or Shine eventually won, 103-98 behind Jeff Chan’s 4th quarter explosion.
“I felt that we were losing our momentum with the calls that we‘re being made because we had an 11-point lead at that point and we just lost it in 2 or 3 minutes,” he added.
Guiao was slapped 2 consecutive technical fouls just moments after Rain or Shine rookie guard Maverick Ahanmishi was whistled for an offensive foul late in the 2nd quarter.
The Rain or Shine mentor hurled invectives directly at the referees, prompting game officials to toss Guiao out of the game for good with still 1:33 to go in the 1st half.
“I’m not really too happy with the way we won, but it’s still a win,” said Guiao, who in recent years, have been meted out fines amounting to 6 figures during his long PBA coaching career that began in 1990 with the Pop Cola franchise.
“We will have to make adjustment and play better than this to beat TNT.”
Guiao seemed to have been under control this season compared to the past years, with the worst penalty he got being a P20,000 from new commissioner Chito Narvasa for bumping San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series.
Rain or Shine is now tied at 4th to 5th spots with Barangay Ginebra at 4-3, having won its 3rd straight game after struggling early in the conference. – By Richard Dy
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