ANTIPOLO — Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao felt Paul Lee was fouled on the last play of the game that cost the Elastopainters a win over Alaska, one of the two points he raised over the officiating in the game.
With four seconds left in the game, Lee was able to fined an open lane but missed the layup as Alaska guard JVee Casio met him at the basket to contest the shot, allowing Alaska to escape with a 94-93 win.
Guiao, however, believed a foul should have been called in the last-gasp play.
“We thought Paul was fouled on the last play,” Guiao said. “It was a difference of one free throw, one possession, one good decision, one good call.”
Guiao also contested an earlier play in the fourth quarter when Rain or Shine, after calling a timeout with 16 seconds left in the shotclock and the ball still on the backcourt, were whistled for an eight-second violation by the referees following a video review.
The outspoken coach said eight-second violations are not 'reviewable' under league rules.
“I don’t understand why 16 seconds, they gave us a timeout and then after the timeout, it was not our ball anymore. They said it was a review. But you can’t review an eight-second call. That’s not a reviewable call. I don’t know why they called an eight-second violation with 16 on the clock,” said Guiao.
“Hindi ka naman under duress 'nung ginawa mo ‘yun. It’s a simple basic application of the rule,” said Guiao.
Although the eight-second violation was called early in the fourth, Guiao said the call also cost the game.
“We don’t want to make excuses. But it’s the same thing as in the finals. One good call and we’ve won the championship. It’s the same thing here,” said Guiao.
Guiao, nevertheless, credited his players for their effort after overcoming a deficit of as many as 13 points.
“I don’t want to blame the players. We were able to overcome a big lead. Hindi kasalanan ng player ‘yun,” said Guiao after his team fell to 0-2 (win-loss) in the season-ending conference.