Following Rain or Shine’s third straight loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup, CoachYeng Guiao admitted to being irate with the officials, which ultimately resulted in his removal from the game against Converge on Thursday night at the Philsports Arena.
He is not entirely about to blame the referees for the Elasto Painters’ 112-98 loss to the Converge FiberXers, though.
I’m not suggesting we could have won, as Guiao put it. Talo kami, even with decent officiating.
The fouls thrown on Rain or Shine, which Guiao felt were questionable and stopped the Elasto Painters’ momentum as they attempted to close the distance, were his pet peeve.
The crisis for Guiao reached its boiling point during the third period when Leonard Santillan was called for an illegal block against Converge recruit Jamaal Franklin after already receiving a technical in the first half.
When Guiao received his second technical foul and an outright dismissal, the Elasto Painters were barely 80-69 down.
Franklin flopped, according to the winning coach, during the play.
That is hardly an excuse, either, in Guiao’s opinion.
With a spotless 4-0 win-loss record, Franklin helped the FiberXers retake the sole lead in the eliminations with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists.
Aldin Ayo, the coach of Converge, said he was not shocked by the stats his import has been posting in just his third game with the team and 10th day in the nation after taking over for Ethan Rusbatch.
With eight rebounds and 21 points, Justin Arana had his second-best scoring game of his career for the FiberXers, who eventually took a 20-point lead.
ROS had no response for the Converge powerhouse despite Michael Qualls’ 34 points, nine rebounds, and Rey Nambatac’s 16 points in the lead.
Converge 112 – Franklin 25, Arana 21, Teng 17, Balanza 12, Tratter 11, Stockton 10, Ahanmisi 7, Murrell 5, Guinto 0, Ambohot 0, Tolomia 2, Racal 2
Rain or Shine 98 – Qualls 34, Nambatac 16, Mamuyac 8, Demusis 8, Santillan 7, Nieto 6, Ponferrada 6, Torres 6, Ildefonso 0, Borboran 0, Yap 0, Clarito 0, Caracut 3, Asistio 2, Belga 2
Quarter scores: 29-21; 52-48; 84-69; 112-98