ANTIPOLO City – The heat of the moment could have led coach Yeng Guiao misidentified Anthony Semerad for his twin David Semerad.
The NLEX coach gave Anthony a piece of his mind at the end of the Road Warriors’ 102-87 loss to TnT Katropa in Wednesday night’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Ynares Center for what he deemed was an unnecessary action on the part of the Fil-Australian forward with the outcome of the game already beyond doubt.
The problem: The message was supposed to be meant for David.
“Napag-sabihan ko lang kasi nagre-reklamo si Poy, kasi the game was already decided, tapos na, (pero) tini-twist pa rin ni Semerad yung arm niya,” recalled Guiao.
“Nasaktan daw siya (Erram), sabi niya parang mababali. So sabi ko that’s not necessary sa ganoon situation. The game was already won, wala namang necessity to be that rough or rugged. So I just put the message across.”
Guiao talked with Anthony as both teams were already exchanging handshakes at midcourt.
“That’s my brother,” was the curt reply of Anthony to Guiao.
Told later about him mistakenly talking to Anthony instead of David, a smiling Guiao said it doesn’t matter to him as long as he was able to put across the message to the Semerads.
“Wala naman akong pakialam kahit sino sa kanila yun, puwede na yun,” he said.
“Kuwento na lang nila sa isa. Wala akong pakialam kung napag-kamalan ko sila, Alam na nila kung sino yun.”
Asked about the mistaken identity later, David Semerad said everything ‘was just a misunderstanding.’
He also said the incident with Erram is just part of the physicality of the game.
“Everything is good,” he said.
Anthony finished with 11 points and six rebounds in the Katropa’s debut game, while David, reactivated just before the conference in lieu of Jericho Cruz, had four points and three rebounds.