COACH Yeng Guiao said he and the entire Rain or Shine team feel like the 'real champion' despite coming short against Talk 'N Text in a historic Game Seven of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals that took two overtimes to decide.
Emerging from a gloomy Rain or Shine dugout after a 119-121 loss in a thriller at the Big Dome, Guiao said the team felt like a winner after a game that saw the Elasto Painters overcome a 15-point deficit and what the coach termed as 'bad officiating' to drag the Texters to two extra periods.
“We were the underdogs. We weren’t able to get the calls we should have gotten, but we forced two overtimes and we almost won the game. So I think it’s just the breaks, though we’re going to come out a better team after this one,” said the outspoken coach.
Guiao said they couldn’t get a fair shake from the referees, citing two particular plays where Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson hit Paul Lee with an elbow during a loose ball scramble and what he claimed was a sneak punch by Ranidel de Ocampo on Jonathan Uyloan.
“The officiating was bad. We had to survive bad officiating, but I take my hat off to the boys because they really poured it out, and gave it their best despite the odds.
“I’m sure we’ll be a better team. A lot of people saw this game and a lot of people know what kind of team Rain or Shine is,” he said. “At alam nila anong klase kaming team kaya para sa akin, we won the championship.”
Rain or Shine team co-owner Terry Que was also dismayed by the way the series ended, as he agreed with Guiao’s observation.
“Iyung kay Paul Lee kitang kita na binanatan, tapos 'yung isa pa sa kabila, kay (Jonathan) Uyloan eh tapos yung kay Paul na-convert pa nila yun,” rued Que. "Eh talagang pukpok naman sila eh, talo lang.”