Blackwater and Northport Coaches, Endgame Scuffle

Jun 19, 2022

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Pido Jarencio on Ariel Vanguardia’s endgame call: “Hindi lang ako ang binabastos niya, yung buong organisasyon namin ang binabastos niya.” The Bossing’s win was marred with a row between coach Ariel Vanguardia and NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio.  Tempers then still flared after the buzzer as Northport head Coach Pido bumped Blackwater shot-caller, decision to call a timeout late in the game even as the result was already evident. On the sidelines Coach Jarencio, who was apparently peeved which caused both teams to separate the heated tacticians before the situation escalated further.  Coach Jarencio although understands the need to hike the winning margin at the endgame especially with the PBA Philippine Cup being played under a quotient format. However, to call a timeout with the outcome of the game already in the bag and do nothing to score is something he would not just let pass by. “Ano ba ang purpose ng timeout? Di ba para mag-shoot,” the NorthPort coach said as he explained his side on the endgame commotion between him and Blackwater counterpart Ariel Vanguardia that marred their game on Saturday at the Ynares Center.  “Pero nung nakuha ni (Rashawn) McCarthy yung bola, sabi niya (Vanguardia), ‘o wag na, wag na, wag mo nang i-shoot.’ Tama ba yun? Rinig na rinig naming lahat,” added Jarencio. “Hindi lang ako ang binabastos niya, yung buong organisasyon namin ang binabastos niya.” The argument came in the final six seconds and the Bossing ahead, 97-90, when Vanguardia opted to call a timeout as they had ball possession.  Jarencio understood the initial move as it had been agreed upon during the coaches’ meeting that teams could call a timeout in such a situation since the quotient system will be applied at the end of the eliminations, especially among teams in the lower half of the standings. However, to the surprise of the NorthPort coaching staff, the Bossing did not call a play nor attempted to make a shot, infuriating Jarencio at the buzzer and led him to confront Vanguardia at center court during the traditional handshake between the two teams. The Bossing Coach then explained to Coach Pido, that he would have wanted very much to score, but had no opportunity to do so. “I had to do what I had to do. Gusto ko rin umiskor, pero walang opportunity,” said Vanguardia about the final play that ended with McCarthy just holding on to the basketball. “But coach Pido, I’m sorry if na-offend kita. I apologize na hindi ako tumira sa last possession.” Jarencio revealed what he told Vanguardia shortly after the game. He also added Respect begets Respect. “Kung humihingi ka ng respeto, dapat marunong ka ring remespeto sa ibang tao,” said the veteran coach. “Ako ok naman sa akin yun, talo kami. Ini-explain pa nga nung coaching staff ko baka sa quotient,” he added. “Agree naman ako doon, pero kung may purpose. Pero wala namang purpose yung timeout, e.” The loss was the second straight for the Batang Pier who evened their record at 2-2. “Bakit nag-timeout ka, wala ka palang gagawin,” the NorthPort coach recalled telling Vanguardia, who felt he was provoked following the move.  Vanguardia apologized to Jarencio through the media conference.  “It got heated in the endgame. But I respect coach Pido… Turo ng magulang ko is magnanimous in victory. We got the win. Siguro sumama loob niya dahil sa timeout. But I had to do what I had to do. Gusto ko rin umiskor nun pero walang opportunity but doesn’t take away the effort of my players’ game,” said Vanguardia. Vanguardia also promised that he would not make a similar late timeout again if it offended Jarencio.
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