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    Ighalo on Guiao tirade: 'Kung siya nga, tiwala sa tira ko. Ako, bakit hindi?'

    Apr 7, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    LIKE a true professional, Ken Ighalo accepted the tongue-lashing he received from NLEX coach Yeng Guiao during a timeout in a loss to Alaska on Friday, a video of which has made the rounds on social media.

    Ighalo bore the brunt of Guiao’s tirade during a timeout with the Road Warriors down, 33-22, in the second quarter. Guiao shouted “Tumingin ka sa akin,” then launched into an expletive-filled rant at the former Mapua Cardinal.

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    Guiao’s tirade stemmed from Ighalo not taking a shot with the shotclock winding down - a mistake which the NLEX reserve player readily admitted was a 'mental lapse.'

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    “Normal naman ‘yung kay coach. Kung siya nga, may tiwala sa tira ko. Ako, bakit hindi. Nung time na ‘yun, mental lapse dahil hindi ko na-check ‘yung shotclock,” said Ighalo, who added this is not the first time Guiao got angry at him.

    Ighalo actually played well, statistics-wise, in the 88-80 loss to Alaska after scoring a game-high 16 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds.

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      Ighalo, one of a number of reserve players who have made the most of their opportunities in the absence of Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas, said the incident won’t stop him from becoming a better player.

      “Okay lang. It serves as motivation for me to do better. I’ll take it as a player,” said Ighalo. “Lahat naman kami napapagalitan ng ganun. Learning experience."

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