TAIPEI - Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin was not too happy to see South Korea hit a three-pointer with the game all but over in a 70-82 loss on Monday night, the reason he confronted Korean coach Kim Dong Kwang during the customary post-game handshake.
The game clock was winding down to its last 12 seconds and Korea way ahead, 79-70, when guard Kim Sun Hyung hit a three-pointer, incurring the ire of Baldwin who made his displeasure known to the Korea coach.
The incident was reminiscent of another argument that erupted after a PBA game between San Miguel and Talk 'N Text where Baldwin, who is also Texters consultant, confronted the Beermen's Arwind Santos over a garbage-time dunk.
Asked about the incident later, the Korean coach said he understood where Baldwin is coming from, admitting it was 'a bit impolite' to be making baskets with the outcome all but settled.
But at the same time, Kim said he also understood his player who he said had struggled offensively the whole game and was perhaps 'trying to find his rhythm.'
"I know it's kinda impolite to do this but my player was not doing that good during the game," Kim said through an interpreter. "So I don't blame him."
Kim's late-game three-pointer was his only basket of the match, where he went 1-of-6 in 17 minutes.
Observers also felt Korea needed to score more points in the endgame to enhance its title chances in case the title race goes down to a quotient tiebreak.
However, Korea has lost its first two games and its title chances are slim and none.
Told about the Koreans' explanation, Baldwin said: "I don't care what the situation is, but I don't like it when you disrespect the game."
And how much does he respect the game?
"As much as I respect my mother and father," said the Gilas coach.