Ariel Vanguardia claimed he didn’t understand why Pido Jarencio responded the way he did because the coaches had already discussed such endgame circumstances before the conference.
The game between Blackwater and NorthPort on Saturday was overshadowed by a brawl between the two head coaches at the end.
NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio challenged Blackwater rival Ariel Vanguardia during the traditional handshake at the end of the game, prompting players and staff to intervene.
Jarencio appeared to take exception to a late timeout sought by Vanguardia with six seconds left in the game and Blackwater well up, 97-90, before cooler heads prevailed.
During their final play, the Bossing did not take a shot.
Vanguardia stated during the postgame news conference that he called timeout to plan out one last attacking play to close the gap. The quotient system will be used to break ties at the end of the eliminations, unless it is for the eighth and last position in the quarterfinals, according to PBA rules.
During the press conference, Vanguardia apologized to Jarencio.
“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.
[It got heated in the endgame. But I respect coach Pido… My parents’ teaching is to be magnanimous in victory. We got the win. Maybe he went inside because of the timeout. But I had to do what I had to do. I also want to score but there is no opportunity but it doesn’t take away the effort of my players ’game]
Vanguardia claimed he had no idea why Jarencio responded the way he did because the coaches had previously discussed the problem prior to the conference.
“Nag-meeting kami ng coaches, and I think the other coaches can attest to that sabi niya na wala na tayong samaan ng loob kung may timeout sa endgame or timeout sa ganun. I thought wala nang samaan ng loob. Even coach Jeffrey Cariaso was there, Chito Victolero was there, coach Pido was there nung nag-meeting meeting kami.”
[We had a meeting with the coaches, and I think the other coaches can attest to that. He said that we don’t have any resentment if there is a timeout in the endgame or a timeout like that. I thought there was no more resentment. Even coach Jeffrey Cariaso was there, Chito Victolero was there, coach Pido was there when we had a meeting]
“Siya pa nga nagsabi nun na wala na [samaan ng loob],” said Vanguardia of Jarencio. “Nag-handshake, nakita niyo na ‘yung nangyari.”
[He even said that there is no more [resentment],” said Vanguardia of Jarencio. “Shaking hands, you saw what happened.]
During the debate, Vanguardia took issue with Jarencio’s statements, which he didn’t expound on.
“Ako, mahal na mahal ko nanay ko. Every victory, namimiss ko siya. Pumanaw na siya. Wag lang mumurahin ‘yung nanay ko, please. And I apologize. Pagpasok ko dito, medyo mainit ulo ko. I apologize kasi nasama ‘yung nanay ko eh. Talagang very emotional ako. I’m very close to my mom. Kung minura mo mom ko, wag naman,” said Vanguardia. [Me, I love my mother very much. Every victory, I miss him. He has passed away. Don’t underestimate my mother, please. And I apologize. When I enter here, my head is a bit hot. I apologize because my mother is with me. I’m really very emotional. I’m very close to my mom. If you insult my mom, don’t]
“But coach Pido, I’m sorry if na-offend kita. I apologize na hindi ako tumira sa last possession. Pero hindi kita minura. Hindi ko gagawin ‘yun sayo dahil ang taas ng respeto ko sayo,” said Vanguardia.
[But coach Pido, I’m sorry if I offended you. I apologize that I did not dwell on the last possession. But I didn’t slap you. I will not do that to you because of the height of my respect for you]
Vanguardia also vowed that if Jarencio was offended by the late timeout on Saturday, he would not do it again.
“Siguro biro lang niya kasi ‘yun. ‘Yung biro niya siguro, ‘Pwede na tayo mag-timeout timeout. Wag na tayong parang mga bata. Coach Topex and Coach Jeff were there. Binibiro namin kasi nagkaroon sila ng ganun. Akala ko, okay lang, timeout. If masama loob niya, hindi ko na uli gagawin na mag timeout.”
[Maybe he was just joking because of that. ‘Maybe his joke was,‘ We can timeout timeout. Let’s not be like children anymore. Coach Topex and Coach Jeff were there. We were joking because they had that. I thought, okay, timeout. If he’s upset, I won’t do timeout again]
“But there’s no disrespect kasi akala ko, nag-agree na kami. I don’t know kung mas disrespectful ba ‘yung hindi ako tumira. We had the same possession. Hindi ko alam eh. Walang open shot so sabi ko, wag na tayong tumira. Baka makuha nila, maliit pa quotient.”
[But there’s no disrespect because I thought we already agreed. I don’t know if it’s more disrespectful for me not to live. We had the same possession. I do not know. There was no open shot so I said, let’s not settle down. They might get a small quotient.]
“Hindi naman ako nag-iisip ng quotient pa eh ilang taon na kaming hindi pumapasok sa playoffs. I apologize. Tao lang din ako. Kung joke lang pala ‘yung sinabi niya sa meeting, I apologize for calling the timeout. I’ll be man enough to approach him. Kumakamay ako, binangga niya ako. I felt disrespected din naman. Wag lang ‘yung mura. Mas accept ko pa kung sinuntok niya ako,” said Vanguardia.
[I’m not even thinking about the quotient, we haven’t been to the playoffs for a few years. I apologize. I’m just human too. If what he said at the meeting was just a joke, I apologize for calling the timeout. I’ll be man enough to approach him. I shake hands, he hits me. I felt disrespected too. Just don’t be cheap. I would accept more if he punched me]
Pido Jarencio fined P20K for ‘physical contact’ against Vanguardia
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 ceremonial handshake after the Bossing’s 97-90 victory at center court, earning the punishment for ‘physical contact.’c
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.
The uproar resulted in a furious exchange of words between the two coaches, who were eventually separated by cooler heads.
Jarencio on endgame incident: ‘Ano ba purpose ng timeout? Di ba mag-shoot?’
[What is the purpose of the timeout? Not to shoot?]
Northport coach Pido Jarencio says he understood Blackwater calling a timeout, but doing nothing on the final play was infuriating. Coach Pido understands the importance of increasing the winning margin at the endgame, especially since the PBA Philippine Cup is played in a quotient format. But calling a timeout with the game already decided and doing nothing to score is something he would not tolerate.
“Ano ba ang purpose ng timeout? Di ba para mag-shoot,”
[What is the purpose of the timeout? Not to shoot?]
NorthPort coach said as he explained his side of the end-of-game brawl between him and Blackwater counterpart Ariel Vanguardia on Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
“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.”
[But when (Rashawn) McCarthy got the ball, he (Vanguardia) said, ‘or don’t, don’t, don’t shoot.’ Is that right? We all heard it, ”added Jarencio. “It’s not just me he’s insulting, he’s insulting our entire organization.]
The controversy arose in the final six seconds of the game, with the Boss leading, 97 – 90, when Vanguardia chose to call a timeout despite having possession of the ball.
Jarencio recognized the initial move because it had been agreed upon during the coaches’ meeting that teams could call a timeout in such a situation because the quotient system would be used at the end of the eliminations, particularly among teams in the bottom half of the standings.
But to the surprise of the NorthPort coaching staff, the Bossing didn’t 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.
Vanguardia explained the Bossing 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.
[I had to do what I had to do. I also want to score, but there is no opportunity]c
“But coach Pido, I’m sorry if na-offend kita. I apologize na hindi ako tumira sa last possession.”
[“But coach Pido, I’m sorry if I offended you. I apologize that I did not live in the last possession.]
Jarencio eventually revealed what he told Vanguardia shortly after the game.
“Bakit nag-timeout ka, wala ka palang gagawin,” the NorthPort coach recalled telling Vanguardia, who felt he was provoked following the move.
[Why did you call for time out, you just didn’t do anything?]
Jarencio later added that respect begets respect.
“Kung humihingi ka ng respeto, dapat marunong ka ring remespeto sa ibang tao,” said the veteran coach.
[If you ask for respect, you must also know how to respect other people]
“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.”
[I’m fine with that, we lost. It is also explained when my coaching staff was in the quotient, ”he added. “I agree with that, but if there is a purpose. But the timeout has no purpose, eh.]
The loss was the Batang Pier’s second in a row, bringing their record to 2 – 2.