RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao lamented what he felt were flops by Calvin Abueva that were called as fouls against the Elasto Painters in their 86-78 loss to Alaska in Game Five of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night.
The Elasto Painters committed 28 fouls that led to 27 free-throw attempts by the Aces, compared to just 11 tries by the E-Painters.
While admitting they gave up too many fouls, Guiao felt some fouls were unmerited, including some which Abueva drew from Beau Belga.
“Yun ang gusto ko ma-clarify kasi I didn’t feel that all those fouls were fouls,” Guiao said. “Yung rebound ni Beau kay Abueva na finollow up nya, I dont think that was a foul.”
“All the refs are hypnotized by the acting job put up by Abueva,” the outspoken mentor was quick to add. “Pag kami binangga, flop, pag sila umarte, foul kami. Sobrang dami ng foul namin at ng free throws nila, ‘di lang ng game na ito, pati Game 4.”
That’s why Guiao said they will seek clarification with the Commissioner’s office on Monday.
Still, the veteran coach is also is urging his wards to play smarter.
“Alaska has been given too many free throws,” he said. “The discrepancy is just too big.”
“Those free throws really mattered a lot,” he added. “If we can minimize giving up that many free throws, maybe we can finish it off on Wednesday.”
Belga fouled out, while fellow big men Pierre Henderson-Niles and JR Quinahan had five fouls each.
“It's just that we have to be able to conscious and aware that we cannot be in penalty situation very early in the quarter,” Guiao said. “Almost all of our bigs were in foul trouble today. Yun ang problema namin that we have to find a solution to.”