DON’T think for a second that you can escape the wrath of Yeng Guiao when you commit a silly mistake even with a game already all but over.
Raymond Almazan found that out on Friday night when he got an earful from the fiery Rain or Shine coach late in the Elasto Painters’ 110-104 win over Barako Bull in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Guiao scolded and benched his third-year big man, who committed an unnecessary foul on JC Intal at a time when the E-Painters were well on their way to a win.
“We couldn’t finish the game a little bit more intelligently,” Guiao said. “We had some bad or stupid decisions in the endgame. Nonetheless, it’s a won game.”
Almazan admitted his mistake.
“Mental lapse lang,” said the former Letran stalwart, whose error was the only stain in an otherwise solid outing that saw him register eight points, 11 boards, two assists, and one block in 24 minutes. “Wala, parang gusto ko lang i-pressure si Intal eh, pero sumobra ata sa pagiging aggressive.”
Almazan believes getting scolded was a testament to how Guiao wants them to carry themselves on the court every time.
“'Yun yung nagiging key namin sa panalo talaga eh, kasi sabi ni coach, wala namang mahinang team sa PBA, tsaka wag susuko kahit malaki na lamang,” the Bataan native said. “Katulad nun, sa quotient, ‘di ba? Kung hindi namin pinababa 'yun (lamang). Siguro kung kailangan namin yung quotient na ‘yun, sayang ‘di ba?”
He doesn’t mind getting scolded.
“Sa akin, walang problema naman ‘yun eh,” the 6-foot-7 slotman said. “Pag under ka ni coach Yeng, bawal 'yung pusong mamon, so accept ko lang – labas sa kabila (na tenga), pero dapat nakikinig ka.”
“Never ako narindi,” he added. “Wala na ako pakialam na pag-sabihan ako ni coach, kasi sa labas ng court, parang tatay naman namin siya eh.”