FIERY Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao welcomed the fines meted on his two key players JR Quinahan and Ryan Arana, but was not surprised that no suspensions were handed out by the PBA Commissioner’s Office in connection to the Elasto Painters’ emotionally-charged Philippine Cup encounter against the Meralco Bolts Wednesday night.
“We expected fines to be meted, but not suspensions. Sa gravity ng ginawa nila (Quinahan and Arana), it didn’t have dire consequence kaya wala naman dapat suspension,” Guiao told Spin.ph moments upon learning of the verdict made by commissioner Chito Salud on several physical plays that marred the game won by Rain or Shine in overtime, 102-98.
Quinahan and Arana were both slapped with flagrant foul penalty 2 in separate second half incidents that involved Meralco’s Sol Mercado and rookie Cliff Hodge.
The two escaped suspensions but were fined P20,000 each.
The bulky Quinahan landed a vicious elbow on Mercado during the early going of the third period, which triggered a near bench-clearing incident that saw Meralco rookie Fil-Am Kelly Nabong got involved in the act by the Cebuano Rain or Shine big man and taking a fighting stance.
Arana meanwhile, hit Hodge on the groin while the tough Rain or Shine guard was going for a basket late in the final quarter.
Guiao was quick to defend Arana, saying the foul would have just been a regular infraction, citing that a number of PBA players do the same type of play all the time.
“Ryan’s drive didn’t necessitate an FL 2 call. Yung ini-extend niya `yung leg niya to the basket, ang dami-daming mga players na gumagawa nun eh. Parang si James Yap, eh ginagawa din naman niya yun. So that was a normal basketball move on the part of Ryan,” explained Guiao. who himself was fined P2,400 for incurring his third technical foul this conference.
“If at all, puwedeng regular foul lang ang tinawag kay Ryan, but not really an F2,” he added.
The physical nature of the match obviously got the Bolts out of focus, allowing the Elasto Painters to stage one of the league’s greatest comebacks as they rallied from a 26-point deficit en route to winning the game in the extra period.