RAIN or Shine walked out early in the second quarter of Game Six of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Mig Coffee over what team officials felt was 'unfair calls' before being prevailed upon to return to the court and resume playing.
The entire Elasto Painters led by enigmatic coach Yeng Guiao headed back to their dugout after a foul was slapped on JR Quinahan with 11:39 to go in the second period and the Mixers leading, 30-17.
Rain or Shine officials claimed a foul should not have been called on Quinahan when he contested an attempt by Marc Pingris.
Ringside witnesses claimed Guiao immediately shouted at the team to head back to the locker room following the call on Quinahan.
“Manipis ang tawagan,” said a Rain or Shine player just as the team was on its way to the dugout.
The Elasto Painters eventually returned to the court minutes later after co-team owner Raymund Yu had a brief talk with commissioner Chito Salud and special assistant Willie Marcial outside the Rain or Shine dugout.
Guiao said the act was a show of resentment to the way officials had been calling the game.
“Kita mo naman ‘yung tawagan,” said Rain or Shine assistant coach Caloy Garcia without elaborating after emerging from the dugout.
Before returning to the floor, Guiao reminded his team by saying, “walang bibitaw. Lalaban tayo ng patas, may tawag man o wala.”
Upon returning to the floor, Rain or Shine was slapped with a mere warning for delaying the game.
However, a possible fine could be slapped on Rain or Shine for the action, notwithstanding the fact that the team returned to the court and resumed playing.
The incident mirrored a near-walkout involving Guiao and Red Bull during the 2006 Philippine Cup semifinals against San Miguel. Although the team also returned to the playing court, Red Bull was nonetheless slapped with a huge P500,000 fine.
The last time a game was marred by a walkout came in 2010 during Game Four of the quarterfinals between Talk `N Text and Ginebra.
The Tropang Texters were fined for more than P1 million for the infraction.
Añejo also walked out in Game Six of the 1990 First Conference finals against Shell, with Robert Jaworski and the rest of the team never returning back to the court and handing the championship outright to the Tubrochargers.