IF Friday night’s Game Six will be the gauge, the deciding showdown between Rain or Shine and B-Meg for the PBA Governors Cup championship should be an all-out war.
Tempers flared during and after the rugged match-up at the Araneta Coliseum, which the Llamados won by a rout, 97-81, to send the best-of-seven Finals to a do-or-die encounter on Sunday.
Elasto Painters’ big man Beau Belga and B-Meg’s Joe DeVance and team manager Alvin Patrimonio figured in a shouting match midway through the fourth period following a hard foul committed by Belga on a driving Jun Simon.
The confrontation later spilled over into the hallway leading out of the Big Dome floor as Painters import Jamelle Cornley also had a verbal tussle with B-Meg players after the game.
B-Meg coach Tim Cone was among those who stepped in and prevented the tussle from getting worse, yelling at Patrimonio and the other players to get inside the locker room.
"I told them to stay inside...we won the game, there's no reason for us to be out there angry," said Cone.
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, who also joined in the tussle in the hallway with DeVance and Patrimonio, rued that game officials didn’t even give the two B-Meg personnel any warning for engaging his player in a word war from their bench.
“There should be something done with Alvin and Joe DeVance,” said the outspoken mentor. “DeVance is in civilian clothing, but no warning whatsoever. I’ve been given warning and technical fouls, pero si DeVance and Alvin walang warning so that’s been overlooked.
DeVance is out of the entire conference owing to a knee injury.
“Talo kami. Di naman necessary na i-trash talk nila kami ng ganoon without action from officials.”
B-Meg star James Yap expects Game Seven to be even worse.
"Game Seven talagang patayan na yan kasi alam naman natin, Rain or Shine gagawin ang lahat kasi isang game na lang champion na sila nung nag 3-1. Basta kami paghahandaan namin," he said.
Guiao said: "Ganoon talaga, finals ito. Expect it to be more physical since Game Seven na 'yan."