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.
“The refs just missed a lot of calls. There’s no problem with the physicality. Jared Dillinger did not go after the ball when he fouled Chism. Chism has been on the floor everytime he’s being fouled and those were hard fouls. If that’s what physicality is about, is that the type of physicality that we want? We can give you that, pwede naming ibigay sa inyo yun.”...
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....
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....
On Thursday, the stocky guard will finally get his college degree from University of the East after eight years.
“Happy ako siyempre,” Lee told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview. “Kailangan ko itong tapusin kasi basketball is not for life. Fallback mo yan. Kailangan mo nang mababalikan. Malaking bagay yan para sa akin.”...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||6||5||0.545|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||18||8||0.692||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||4th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||9||7||0.562||5th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||15||12||0.556||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||14||7||0.667||Champions|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||8th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||4th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||6||7||0.462||5th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||6th|