RAIN or Shine players offered their 112-108 victory against Alaska in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals to coach Yeng Guiao, who lost in his reelection bid as Pampanga first district representative last Monday.
Elasto Painters big man Beau Belga stressed there was a conscious effort from the players to win it for their coach, who has been in public service for the past 15 years as board member, vice governor and congressman.
“Mayroon, syempre,” the ROS enforcer said. “Siguro pag natalo pa kami series na ‘to, masyado nang masakit para sa kanya, parang doble bukol sa kanya.”
And Belga, who registered eight points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal before fouling out in just 16 minutes of play off the bench, is eager to win the series altogether to ease Guiao’s pain.
“Konting tiyaga na lang,” said the Extra Rice Inc. member, who is sometimes a bane for his coach on the court. “Isang panalo na lang. As much as possible, kung kaya ng Friday, bakit hindi?”
Guiao, though, played down his loss as an added motivation to his wards.
“Wala naman sa akin yun,” the veteran coach said. “It’s not part of my consciousness now that I’m here.”
“I don’t talk about it with the team,” he added. “They’re not involved in that aspect, so wala. Hindi siya factor.”