RAIN or Shine is ready to face the consequences of its 'walkout' in Game Six of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Mig, officials said on Wednesday.
Team governor Atty Mert Mondragon bared they won't be surprised by a sanction from the league after the Painters staged what the PBA termed a 'partial walkout' in protest of what they felt was unfair officiating.
"Eh gusto naming ipakita sa tao na mali talaga ang ilang tawag. And I'm sure nakita nila (fans) na lugi talaga kami," said Mondragon.
Asked if they are ready to face Commissioner Chito Salud, Mondragon was firm in his stand.
"Oo, ready kami humarap kay Kume. Kahit buong team pa pupunta kami," he said.
Rain or Shine team manager Boy Lapid bared that they felt the team was at the losing end of officiating which led to an early blowout lead by San Mig.
"Grabe naman kasi yung tawagan. May mga pwedeng let go, pipituhan pa sa amin," said Lapid.
A Rain or Shine source told Spin.ph that three straight fouls called on the team in the latter part of the first period pushed coach Yeng Guiao to call his men to the dugout.
The team insiders said offensive foul whistled against Jeff Chan, JR Quinahan and Ryan Arana infuriated Guiao, who pointed out that they were assessed seven fouls against San Mig's three at that point.
"Let's go," said Guiao to his players who immediately followed him to the dugout at the start of the second period.
Rain or Shine assistant coach Ricky Umayam bared the walkout wasn't planned.
"Hindi planado yun. Talagang nainis lang kami sa tawagan parang nakapabor kasi eh," said the soft-spoken assistant.
Meanwhile fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum treated the walk out as added spice to the already exciting finals matchup.
Well-known cycling patron Alex Billan, who was at the gallery, believes events like this further add interest and color to the game.
"Syempre, dagdag sarsa 'yan. Nakaka-excite. Look, the game became more intense," said Billan, owner of the Excellent Noodles cycling team.
A longtime sports fan, Billan said the walkout may be a calculated move on the part of Guiao to fire up the Painters.
"I think it was a calibrated move, para kahit papano nawala bwelo ng San Mig. Look the game is closer now," he said at the half.