PBA coach Yeng Guiao and those sideline bumps
It was a massive come from behind win by San Miguel and a massive collapse by Rain or Shine, which led by 20 in the fourth period before succumbing, 109-105.
The RoS Elasto Painters scored a whopping 68 points in the first half but only 37 in the second half, including 14 in the fourth quarter.
Did the altercation between RoS coach Yeng Guiao and SMB guard Chris Ross change the complexion of the game? While it did fire up SMB, it can be said that RoS withstood the third quarter rally of San Miguel as they entered the final quarter with a 91-71 lead.
Having said that, here’s a look at the sidecourt altercations involving the fiery Guiao. Interestingly, these matches have been both against San Miguel and Talk ’N Text and every time, Guiao’s team was sent packing in the series.
Game 1, Commissioner’s Cup Finals (2014-15 season)
After Jayson Castro and Ivan Johnson combined to steal the ball from a pass into the post by Gabe Norwood, Talk ’N Text’s American reinforcement runs down the sidelines and bumps into Guiao. There is speculation that Johnson did it on purpose or Guiao deliberately allowed himself to be bumped to fire up his team that was down, 70-61, with 3:36 left in the third period.
The result: TNT won the game, 99-92.
Game 6, Philippine Cup Semifinals (2006-07 season)
After SMB’s Dondon Hontiveros hit a triple to tie the match at 45-all at the 4:05 mark of the second period, he ran up the sidelines where Guiao, then coaching Red Bull, “protected himself” and threw an elbow to the former who hit the deck. SMB assistant coaches Biboy Ravanes and Pido Jarencio got into a shouting match with Guiao, who was ejected from the match.
It fired up Red Bull, which eventually won the game, 104-100, to send the semifinals series to a 7th game (in a series that SMB eventually won).
With 17.1 seconds left in the game and TNT leading 91-85, there was an altercation between Tropang Texters import Richard Howell and Guiao. During the lull, Guiao was complaining to PBA officials from across the court when Howell passed in front of him. Guiao’s hand brushed against Howell, earning the ire of the American. RoS’ coach claimed that he was in that spot first and had his arms outstretched when Howell passed right in front of him.
The result: Guiao was fined P30,000 and TNT swept the series.
Then in the evening of Tuesday, January 5, Guiao bumped into Ross, who was waiting to inbound the ball. Ross, however, got the last word in when he hit a triple and stole the ball 7 times – a career high – en route to the Beermen’s massive win.
Will history repeat itself with Guiao’s opponents winning the series? Or will Rain or Shine reverse the tide and get back to the finals? – Rappler.com