NLEX coach Yeng Guiao couldn’t hide his frustrations after Wednesday’s loss to TNT Katropa, saying turnovers and bad officiating cost the Road Warriors dearly in an 85-80 loss in the PBA Philippine Cup.
A frustrated Guiao was thrown out at the 4:22-mark of the third quarter after incurring his second technical foul and the Road Warriors put up a fight before reeling to their third straight loss to start the season.
“We are still struggling,” Guiao said. “Actually, the same mistakes we made the last game (against NorthPort where we had] 23 turnovers. It’s hard enough to win with 23 turnovers. Tonight, we had 26 turnovers.
“It’s hard to survive 26 turnovers and bad officiating at the same time,” Guiao added.
Guiao claimed bad officiating has been hounding the Road Warriors since their previous match against NorthPort last week.
“Last game pa ‘yan eh. ‘Yung kay Poy (Erram) na tinawagan siya ng fifth foul sa NorthPort, ‘yun ‘yung inipit ‘yung kamay niya ni [Mo] Tautuaa, tapos siya ‘yung natawagan ng fifth foul. From there, he was really not useful on defense nung endgame kung kailan siya kailangan,” Guiao said.
Moments before Guiao’s ejection, JR Quinahan complained about what he felt was an obvious foul when he went for a shot against Frank Golla.
“[The referees] are missing the obvious. May mga obvious na nami-miss. I cannot understand that. There is something wrong with that. I’m just frustrated. We are already struggling tapos masama pa officiating. You get frustrated about it,” Guiao said.
Still, Guiao admitted the Road Warriors must also improve on their play, particularly on the scoring department after the team shot just 36 percent from the field.
“It was actually a defensive game. Low scoring tapos percentages, mababa. I think we were below 40 percent sa scoring percentage. So it’s really an ugly game. If you are going to look at the percentage and the scoring, we needed to get more scoring from our usual sources of points,” Guiao said.