NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio was fined P20,000 by the PBA Commissioner’s Office for his endgame behavior during the Batang Pier’s Philippine Cup game versus Blackwater on Sunday night. Jarencio bumped Vanguardia during the traditional handshake of rival coaches at center court following the Bossing’s 97 to 90 victory.
After Vanguardia requested a timeout with the game all but settled in the final seconds, Jarencio lost his temper and never ran a play for Blackwater. Pido Jarencio recognizes the importance of increasing the winning margin in the finale, especially since the PBA Philippine Cup is played in a quotient system. He wouldn’t allow a timeout pass him by with the game’s outcome already decided.
“Ano ba ang purpose ng timeout? Di ba para mag-shoot,” [“What is the purpose of the timeout? Isn’t it to shoot,”]. NorthPort’s coach said as he presented his side of the endgame brawl he had with Blackwater’s Ariel Vanguardia on Saturday at the Ynares Center. Jarencio recognized the initial move since it had been agreed upon during the coaches’ meeting that teams might request a timeout in such a situation because the quotient system would be used at the end of the eliminations, especially among teams in the bottom half of the standings. The Bossing, though, surprised the NorthPort coaching staff by failing to call a play or attempt a shot, angering Jarencio at the buzzer and prompting him to confront Vanguardia at center court during the usual handshake.
The uproar resulted in a furious exchange of words between the two coaches, who were eventually separated by cooler heads. Commissioner Willie Marcial spoke with his technical staff first before summoning the two coaches to discuss the situation. Marcial quoted Jarencio as saying, “Com, tatanggapin ko kung anuman ang ipapataw mo sa akin.” [“Com, I will accept whatever you impose on me.”]
A repeat of the occurrence, the commissioner told Jarencio and Vanguardia, would result in a harsher penalty.