RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao left Pampanga so early, making sure that - unlike the last time the Painters played at the MOA Arena - he wouldn't be late for Game Two of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against San Mig Coffee.
Guiao did arrive with plenty to spare, but never got to finish the match.
The fiery Painters coach was ejected late in the third quarter of the Painters' 106-82 loss to the Mixers that evened their best-of-seven semifinal series to 1-1, admitting that frustration over officiating got the better of him.
The 24-point loss was the worst by Painters since Guiao took over as coach.
The veteran coach received his eighth and ninth technical fouls of the conference as he raised a howl over what he felt was a questionable offensive foul called on Jeff Chan, leaving the game at the four-minute, six-second mark of the third quarter.
“I think we just got frustrated with the calls and we felt that they were allowing too much contact against us, while we couldn’t defend them with the same amount of contact that they were fiving us,” said Guiao, who watched the rest of the game on television in the press room.
“So yun ang pinaguimpisahan ng lahat.”
The Painters led the whole first half, but slowly surrendered the advantage as they struggled to fend off James Yap’s scintillating showing after the break.
Guiao’s ejection only hastened the downfall of the Painters, whose 24-point loss was the worst in the Guiao era.
“We played a good first half, but I guess that (ejection) was really the downfall,” said Guiao, who got caught in a major gridlock on the way to a game against Barako Bull last December 7 that he ended up watching the game from behind the Painters' bench.
“From there, San Mig just got their confidence with their offense.”
Despite his frustration, Guiao said he won’t file an official complaint over the officiating.
“I think that’s the league’s job. Our job is to correct our mistakes. The league’s job is to correct the officiating. Hindi na namin trabaho yun. We can correct some things but we will not correct the referees.”