EVEN with a hoarse voice, Yeng Guiao still had a lot to say a lot about the way officiating went in Game Four of the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series between Rain or Shine and San Miguel.
The ever outspoken mentor said there was no way the Elasto Painters could win Monday’s match against the Beermen with the team not getting the breaks from the referees.
“We really did not have a chance in this game. Wala kaming pagasa talaga lalo na kung ganun ang tawagan,” said Guiao in his post-game interview at the press room of the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “And it’s getting worse.”
The Elasto Painters lost, 105-92, in what was so far the most lopsided outcome of the best-of-seven series, which is now tied at 2-2.
In particular, Guiao cited three crucial calls which he said obviously went against his team - two of which were on top gun Paul Lee, who fouled out with two seconds remaining in the third period after being whistled for a blocking foul on Gabby Espinas.
“I don’t understand it. They already have the size advantage and they also have the advantage with those calls which I said,” stressed the Elasto Painters mentor. “We can’t play physical, and yet they can play physical.”
“I was just hoping it can better, but apparently it did not,” added Guiao, who already criticized the officiating as early as Game Two of the series.
Guiao said he lost his voice early in the first quarter, and that seemed to have set the tempo for his team.
“First quarter pa lang. Pag wala akong boses, wala ring energy yung mga players ko,” said Guiao, drawing laughter from members of the media.