REIGNING MVP Arwind Santos said he doesn’t harbor any grudge against Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao even after hearing a barrage of invectives and getting a dirty finger sign from the fiery mentor in Petron’s 106-73 win in Game Three of their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Saturday.
“F...you (sign) lang naman nakita ko eh. Minumura niya ako, naririnig ko,” Santos said of the incident which took place in the dying seconds of the third period infront of the Rain or Shine bench and witnessed by a sizeable crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena
Interestingly, Guiao stood as one of Santos’ principal sponsors during his wedding a few years back.
The Rain or Shine mentor was obviously hot on his godson during the Game Three loss that cut the Boosters’ series deficit at 1-2.
Still, Santos came to the defense of his 'ninong.'
“Knowing my ninong, coach Yeng, ganun lang talaga siya inside the court. Sa akin lang, ganun talaga kapag emosyonal ang isang tao,” explained the player nicknamed 'Spiderman.’
“Minsan kami rin may nagagawang mga bagay na hindi mo ine-expect (kapag) naiinis kami.”
At the same time, the high-leaping Santos felt Guiao’s dirty finger on him was possibly the coach’s way of getting his team fired up.
Guiao was eventually ejected from the game for incurring his second technical foul.
“Puwede rin (to try to fire up the Elasto Painters with a dirty finger). Nakita niya (Guiao) na maganda ang tinatakbo ng team namin, so siguro isang pampagising sa team niya yun na mawala siya,” he said.
But the perennial All-Defensive team member said Petron refused to get affected by Guiao’s antics, nor did the Boosters again get carried away by the physicality of the game.
“Ang kagandahan lang dun, di namin tiningnan kahit wala na yung head coach nila. Basta focus lang kami sa ginawa namin. So binuhos na namin lahat sa laro,” he added.
The Boosters are looking to level the best-of-seven series when Game Four is played on Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.