RAIN or Shine has sent a letter to the PBA Commissioner's Office seeking a review of the 'clenched fist' foul by Petron's Alex Cabagnot that left forward Jervy Cruz with a broken nose.
Coach Yeng Guiao said the team has asked that Cabagnot's foul late in the Painters' Game Four win should be upgraded to a flagrant, describing the hit as "intentional and vicious."
“Intentional 'yun at vicious 'yun. Nakalusot sa referee … may dire consequence pa naman. Dapat 'yun either suspension o fine, pero bahala na si Kume (Commissioner Chito Salud) dun … basta't hindi dapat palusutin 'yun,” said the fiery coach.
“Paano mong hindi sasabihing hindi sadya 'yun, paghataw niya sa mukha ni Jervy … bigla siyang umalis. Alam niya kasi na pwede siyang gantihan eh,” added Guiao.
“Babantayan naming 'yang kaso na 'yan, kasi mamimihasa yan kung hindi gaganunin.”
The letter was sent to Salud a day before Guiao himself was to appear before the commissioner for successive ejections in the series, the first in Game Three where he was called for a second technical for flashing a dirty finger at Petron forward Arwind Santos.
The six-time PBA champion coach said the referees allowed cheap shots by other Petron players.
“Andami nilang nanakit. Si Arwind din walang ginawa kundi manira. Lahat ng jumpshot niya, may naka-angat na paa, panay pa ang bigay ng balikat at siko sa mga players ko … ni walang warning. Si (Ronald) Tubid ganun din,” he bared.
Asked if the acts of Petron players were just a form of retaliation for Rain or Shine's highly physical plays, Guiao shook his head, insisting the Painters are phyical but not dirty.
“Rugged kami … pisikal kami. Pero hindi kamukha 'nung ganun sa kanila. Akala nila yung maruming laro nila, yun ang pisikal … Eh 'yan tuloy ang napala nila, 1-3 (behind sa series) sila,” he said.
Guiao said if it were Rain or Shine players dishing off cheap shots, they surely would be slapped with heavy fines by the Commissioner's Office by now.
“Dapat lang na aksyunan ng PBA 'yan. Kung kami gagawa niyan, tiyak ko suspendido at fine na kami. Wala nang deliberation pa yan,” he said.
“Si Beau (Belga) nga hard foul lang, lahat ni-re-review (ng referees)... Eto basag na yung ilong ni Jervy, hindi pa pinansin. Ordinary foul lang,” said the fuming Pampanga congressman.
Guiao, though, said he won't order his players to retaliate.
“It’s a cowardly act (revenge). Gawain ng mga duwag 'yun. Kasi ang ang gagawin nila, titirahin nila kami kasi alam nila hindi naman kami makakaganti dun mismo,” said Guiao.
“Alam nila na maawat eh. Ganun lang talaga. Kaya pinakamagandang ganti dyan, ailangan manalo kami,” he added. "Ang magiging ganti naming sa kanila - tatalunin namin sila (sa series).”
Can they do that?
“Oo, makakaganti kami. At gusto na naming tapusin ang series!”