Rival coaches Yeng Guiao of Rain or Shine, Ryan Gregorio of Meralco, and Luigi Trillo of Alaska don’t always see eye to eye, but they agree on one thing: the officiating in the quarterfinals playoffs of the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup has been inconsistent.
“We don’t know anymore what’s a foul and not a foul,” Guiao said, who couldn’t hide his frustration after hard fouls against rookie Raymond Almazan and import Wayne Chism in Game Two of their series against Meralco were judged to be regular instead of flagrant fouls.
“I’m not the only guy complaining about excessive physicality and I would be the last to complain because it’s our type of game. But I think punching a player on the face on a rebound play, something which was done by Cliff Hodge, that’s way out of the rules of this league.
Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio was surprised to see his Rain or Shine counterpart waiting on the court at the end of Wednesday night’s game to confront Bolts forward Cliff Hodge.
Guiao was caught by television cameras calling Hodge “mongoloid” shortly after the Elasto Painters won Game Two of their PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series.
“It was uncalled for,” Gregorio told InterAksyon.com.
Even after the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters had already won Game Two of their PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series on Wednesday against Meralco, coach Yeng Guiao remained in a fighting mood.
The fiery coach stayed on the court after the game to try to confront Meralco forward Cliff Hodge. Television cameras caught Guiao calling Hodge ‘mongoloid’ as cooler heads prevented them from coming closer to each other.
Hodge committed a hard foul against Rain or Shine rookie Raymond Almazan late in the game. Hodge was also involved in hard fouls against Paul Lee earlier in the match and import Wayne Chism in Game One.
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters made it two for two for the teams that had their backs against the wall with a 102-93 win over the Meralco Bolts, Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
After the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers defeated the Alaska Aces, the Elasto Painters made sure their series will also be extended to a do-or-die game three in the Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals, as they walloped the Bolts.
Sunday Salvacion tried to shoot the Bolts back in the game in the fourth quarter after Meralco trailed by 20 points. He made two huge triples to cut Rain or Shine's lead down to five, 93-88 with 1:28 left in the game. However, it was not enough as the Elasto Painters held on for the win.
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo gave credit to the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers for a gutsy effort to tie their PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series on Wednesday.
But Trillo remained critical of the officiating in the game, noting the disparity in the fouls called between the two teams.
“35 free throws to 10. That’s the disparity,” Trillo told InterAksyon.com.
The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers had a lot of trouble putting the ball in the hole in the first half on Wednesday against the Alaska Aces, scoring a measly 24 points in the first 24 minutes of action.
At halftime of Game Two of their PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup, Mixers coach Tim Cone made a bold decision: ditch his trademark triangle offense — the same system that led to San Mig Coffee winning back-to-back titles.
Television analyst Jojo Lastimosa, a longtime player and coach under Cone at Alaska, quickly noted how the Mixers have stopped running the triangle in favor of an alternate offense.
Bothered by a painful rib injury, Marc Pingris exemplified the word courage on Wednesday in the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers’ survival game against the defending champion Alaska Aces.
Despite his ailment, Pingris finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks to lead the Mixers to a 70-65 win over the Aces in the second game of their PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series.
Pingris was all over the floor, battling against the Aces’ towers of Robert Dozier and Sonny Thoss in the paint. During one memorable sequence in the fourth quarter, he kept the ball alive at San Mig Coffee’s baseline, going over the railing to sacrifice his body.