AT the end of an 85-89 overtime loss to Alaska on Friday in a game where Rain or Shine blew a 22-point second-half lead, you would expect Yeng Guiao to go ballistic, right?
The fiery coach was calm and spoke softly outside the Rain or Shine dugout after the match, insisting that heartbreaking losses like this one have a way of making a team tougher - and better.
“It’s a bad loss but sometimes loses like this have a way of turning into a blessing,” said the veteran Painters coach. “So we’re looking at it from that perspective.”
“It happens ... Of course we’re disappointed but I know this is part of the game and these are some of the trials you have to go through in trying to win a championship.”
The loss was painful, to say the least. The Painters were cruising with a 56-34 bubble in the third quarter when a vintage performance from Dondon Hontiveros had the Aces snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
Guiao, however, kept his composure at the dugout and wasn't hard on his boys.
He has been around long enough - two decades to be exact - that he has seen everything in the league, Guiao said, and knows that in every game, you should expect the unexpected.
“I’ve been coaching in the PBA for 20 years and I’ve seen everything so I’m not that surprised and I’m not shocked or anything,” he said. “So (after the game) I wasn’t too hard on the boys.”
Besides, the Painters are still in a good position despite the loss. In second place with an 8-4 (win-loss) record, the Painters are still on course for a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs.
Guiao, in fact, is even aiming higher.
“I’m looking to be number one,” he said. “But the important thing is for us to get some advantage going to the quarterfinals and palagay ko naman kaya namin.”
“So I’m not really that worried or concerned,” he added. “But lesson learned na lang din.”