IT’S still too early in the PBA Governors Cup, but coach Yeng Guiao hopes to address the issue on import Michael Qualls, who’s frustration on several non-calls dragged Rain or Shine down in a 105-87 loss to Meralco on Sunday at the Philsports Arena.
Qualls ended up with 14 points and just a single rebound in the opener of the season-ending conference, and finished with just a 3-of-22 shooting from the field, including 0-of-9 stint from beyond the arc.
Guiao, however, understood how his import felt, although he believes Qualls could have performed better than he did in his debut.
"At some point our import got frustrated. You can tell from his body language that he lost his energy. E, energy guy si Michael Qualls. And from that point, I thought we have a problem here because this is not his real character,” said Guiao following the loss.
“Even in practice, I haven’t seen him with energy that low, kaya I was surprised because that’s his not usual demeanor.”
The Elasto Painters kept the game close in the first half, which ended tied at 54. But with Qualls only scoring two points in the second half, it was downhill all the way for the team.
“He gets frustrated. He wanted some calls that were not called, and that also got to him aside from the fact that he was really shooting badly. And again, that’s not the way he shoots,” noted Guiao of the import, who is in his second tour of duty in the league after initially playing for NorthPort in 2019.
“Just a bad night for him (Qualls). But the problem is, he took the team down with his bad night.”
Guiao is confident though, Qualls and the Elasto Painters can bounce back from the 18-point loss.
“It’s very early in the conference, and I think this is something we can fix. Yes it’s a loss, but I still feel that we can make a good comeback,” said the Rain or Shine mentor.