EVER wondered why Rain or Shine players seemed ready to kill for every loose ball in Game Four? Or went after every rebound with 'buwis-buhay' mentality?
Here’s the inside story.
Spin.ph has learned that coach Yeng Guiao has implemented a policy that imposes fines on every Rain or Shine defender who allows his Alaska counterpart to haul down offensive rebounds.
“Kada offensive rebound ng binabantayan mo, pagmumultahin ka ni coach Yeng ng isang daan. Ililista nya 'yun during viewing (ng video). Sisingilin ka the following day,” said guard Ryan Arana of the P100 fine imposed by Guiao for every defensive rebound missed by his players.
Arana said the penalty policy was the reason he was so aggressive in trying to get the rebounds against Alaska rivals Calvin Abueva, Dondon Hontiveros and Cyrus Baguio.
“Yun rason kaya halos magpakamatay ako sa rebound. Mahirap na kasi mamaya ako pa ang mag topnotcher, patay ako sa asar sa mga kakampi ko,” said the former Dela Salle Green Archers bruiser.
Big man Beau Belga received the biggest penalty of P350 since he had the toughest job of battling Alaska big men Sonny Thoss and Eric Menk inside the paint.
“Si Beau ang malaki kasi si Thoss at Eric Menk mga kabantayan niya eh,” he said.
How come Belga was penalized P350 and not P300 or P400?
“Eh kasi, may isang rebound na si Paul (Lee) ang nasa harap ni Thoss, naagawan siya (ni Thoss) ng bola, kaya hinati sa kanilang dalawa (ni Belga) 'yung isang daan,” said Arana, recounting how Guiao showed the whole video of Game Four to the whole team.
“Si Jonathan (Uyloan) nga, napag multa ng bente pesos," Arana said laughing. "Kasi nakita ni coach Yeng 'yung isang play na binato lang ni Calvin yung bola sa board, tapos hindi nila nakuhang lima yung defensive rebound. Kaya hati-hati sila.”
Arana bared Guiao intends to issue heftier fines on players who will commit errors during the inbound, after such turnovers nearly cost Rain or Shine in the second half of Game Four.
“Grabe nga. Dumami ang turnovers namin dahil dun sa mga inbound na naagaw sa amin. Yun, isa pa yun sa mga na-emphasize ni coach kanina. Kailangang maka-respond kami ng maayos sa full-court press nila (Alaska),” he said.
“Nakakanakaw sila lagi sa amin ng bola. Masakit para sa amin yun,” he said.
And since the Elasto Painters were bailed out by their outside shooting late in Game Four after being down by as much as 11 points, Arana revealed they also spent extra time in practice polishing their outside shots.
“Ang haba ng practice namin kanina. Talagang lahat nag-extra shooting. Kasi dun kami nanalo kagabi. Kung hindi pumasok mga tres at outside shots namin, malamang nabaon kami sa 1-3 (series deficit),” Arana said.
Arana also expects the physicality to rise now that the best-of-seven series is tied at 2-all.
“Mas magiging physical ito. Kasi nakikita mo yung Alaska, hindi rin sila umuurong. Nakikipag-pisikalan rin sila sa amin. Kaya kami naman, gagawin lang namin game namin sa kanila. Sila ang mag-adjust sa amin,” he said.
“Kung napuno ng matitinding aksyon yung unang apat (na games), sa mga susunod na games, tiyak na magiging pisikal pa 'yan. Kasi conference is on the line na. Sino unang kumurap, goodbye,” added the Casiguran, Aurora native.
And how did he feel about Abueva’s hit on Uyloan?
“Hindi ko alam kung bakit nagawa ni Calvin 'yun eh. Pero wala namang mainitang play nung ginawa niya 'yun,” he said.
“Pero sa akin niya gawin yun … Wala, hindi rin ako gaganti,” he said before bursting into laughter.