YENG Guiao insisted Rain or Shine was trying to drive a point over what he claimed was 'unfair officiating’ when it made a `partial walkout’ that marred Game Six of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals against eventual champion San Mig on Wednesday night.
The outspoken coach believes the move was necessary under the circumstances as he felt the Elasto Painters were getting the raw end of the calls during the match that saw shooting guard Paul Lee already saddled with three personal fouls early in the second period.
“We were trying to make a point,” said Guiao after emerging from the team dugout at the end of the match which the Mixers won, 93-87. “It was an obvious point. If we have not done that, it would have been worse.”
Rain or Shine left the court and headed to the dugout at the 11:39 mark of the second period while trailing, 30-17. The team was later prevailed to return and finish the game.
Now the franchise faces the prospect of being fined a whooping P2 million for that `partial walkout’ as what league officials termed it - a first in the PBA eight years.
But Guiao said the team is ready to face the consequences.
“Kasama talaga ‘yun. Of course, we didn’t want to go to that extent of extreme action. But what else can we do? Wala kaming magawa. ‘Yun lang ang magagawa namin,” said Guiao.
“The public can judge for themselves,” he said.
Ironically, Guiao also instigated a similar move when he was still calling the shots for Red Bull after the team walked out in the 2006 Philippine Cup semifinals against San Miguel Beer that merited a P500,000 fine.
The unpopular decision appeared to have worked in favor of the Elasto Painters as they came charging back and even led at the end of the third period, 67-66.
Again, Guiao couldn’t help but cite several calls which he thought were too glaring in the final stretch.
“’Yung pinakamalaki, ‘yung block ni Beau (Belga) kay (Ian) Sangalang. I thought it was a clean block. ‘Yung tumama sa top ng board, that’s automatic, it’s supposed to be in our possession. The last one was the obvious foul on Jervy Cruz.”
Once again denied a first all-Filipino title, the multi-titled Guiao managed to crack a joke about the second technical that got him ejected late in the game.
"Sa akin binigay ng referee (iyong bola) eh," he said, "sinalo ko lang."
In the end, Guiao said he was glad with the effort shown by the Elasto Painters.
“It was a gallant effort. We had a chance to win the game in the fourth (quarter). The breaks weren’t falling our way,” Guiao said.
“We did our best. That’s it. From the start, we had no chance of winning sa umpisa pa lang,” the Rain or Shine coach stressed.