IT was not in any way NLEX’s intention to disrespect GlobalPort when it called a timeout late in their PBA Governors Cup game Friday night even with the victory already in the bag.
The Road Warriors’ coaching staff said all it was thinking about was the winning margin after the game, since the quotient system would apply especially when teams end up tied in the tight race for playoff berth.
The team said there was nothing malicious about the move by coach Boyet Fernandez to sue for timeout with 37 seconds left and the Road Warriors ahead by as many as 15.
“Hinding-hindi namin gagawing bastusin yung kapwa teams namin,” said NLEX deputy Adonis Tierra shortly after the Road Warriors’ 114-98 win over the Batang Pier. “Quotient talaga ang iniisip ni coach (Boyet) doon.”
The Batang Pier felt insulted about it they called consecutive timeouts afterwards. Unfortunately, the team only had one remaining, resulting to a technical foul on them. Garvo Lanete sank the corresponding free throw for the Road Warriors to seal the final count.
Globalport chief of basketball operations Pido Jarencio was later seen trying to confront Fernandez after the game, but was immediately pacified by Tierra.
Batang Pier consultant Franz Pumaren and the rest of the team coaching staff also didn’t shake hands with their NLEX counterparts and quickly proceeded to the dugout.
“What is he trying to prove?” a source quoted a fuming Pumaren as saying while walking down the hallway of the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Road Warriors evened their record to 5-5 while the Batang Pier fell to 3-7, making it impossible for the quotient to be applied on them since no way will they end up tied as what Jarencio was trying to explain after the game.
“Yun nga ang sinasabi ni Coach Pido na hindi naman namin tatamaan sila sa quotient. Pero hindi naman namin kasi alam na ganun yun,” said Tierra. “What we’re really after is yung quotient. Wala ng iba.”
Tierra added the Batang Pier had just scored four straight points on them, forcing Fernandez to sue for time and draw up his own play.
“There was no intention really para bastusin sila,” he said.