JR Quinahan had a solid game in Globalport’s 110-96 win over NLEX in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Behind a 7 of 11 shooting, Quinahan finished with 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds during the match that marked the first time he was up against former Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
And the numbers, according to him, are not meant to spite Guiao, with whom he won two championships in six finals appearances while they were together with the Elasto Painters.
It’s more of helping the Batang Pier make it to the playoffs, or better yet, get a shot at landing one of the top two spots in the playoffs.
“Kasi tinitingnan namin yung standings ngayon, every game importante,” said Quinahan, acquired by Globalport from Rain or Shine in a trade with Jay Washington. “So nag-aim kami na sana makuha namin o maabot yung top two, kung suwertihin kami.”
But Quinahan did feel a little bit odd seeing Guiao calling the shots at the other end.
“Medyo nakakapanibago lang na nasa kabila si coach,” he said.
He was the least surprised to see his former coach express his wrath against his players, the most notable against Garvo Lanete during a second-quarter outburst which just about everyone at the Mall of Asia Arena heard.
“Narinig ko yung mga sigaw niya sa mga players niya,” said the other half of Rain or Shine’s erstwhile ‘Extra Rice’ duo.
“Pero normal naman kay coach yun. Kung masigawan ka man niya, at least love ka niya. Yun ang ibig sabhin nun. Yung sigaw niya pagmamahal yun.”
Quinahan said he didn’t get the chance to talk to his longtime mentor before, during, and after the game. He was actually hesitant to shake hands with Guiao after the match.
“Gusto ko ngang kamayan pagtapos, kaya lang medyo mainit yung ulo,” he said.
Quinahan will make up for it by texting Guiao instead, as the two of them are actually textmates, according to him.
“Ganun naman kami ni coach, nagte-text kami,” the 32-year-old power forward added.