Meralco’s Norman Black defends shot that earned Yeng Guiao’s ire

Delfin Dioquino

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Meralco’s Norman Black defends shot that earned Yeng Guiao’s ire
The Road Warriors tactician hurls expletives at Chris Newsome, who sinks a jumper with 1.6 seconds left even when the Bolts are leading by 14 points

MANILA, Philippines – Late-game buckets when games are already decided usually earn the ire of opposing teams. 

That’s exactly what got  NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao all heated up as Chris Newsome still knocked in a jumper with 1.6 seconds left in the Meralco Bolts’ 106-90 beating of the Road Warriors on Friday, May 4. 

Guiao, on his way to the locker room, was seen hurling expletives at Newsome, who decided not to engage with the firebrand tactician. 

But Meralco head coach Norman Black, in defense of his ward’s shot, said they are just following the PBA’s quotient rule. 

“There’s a little bit of commotion on that last shot he (Newsome) took but I don’t really know what they want us to do about that. I mean, the rules are we play with a quotient and if I remember correctly one team got eliminated last conference when they didn’t have a higher quotient,” said Black.

“They didn’t get a chance to play a knockout game. We’ll just play by the rules, if the rules says that you have to win via quotient at the event of a tie, then we’ll try to score as much as we can.”

Last conference, the Blackwater Elite and the Phoenix Fuel Masters, although carrying identical 5-6 cards with the TNT KaTropa and the GlobalPort Batang Pier, were sent into early vacation because of inferior quotients. 

Black added that if there is no quotient rule, there is no reason for them to make last-second shots. 

“Me as a coach, I’m not naive. I know that normally, if the game is over, the game is over. You don’t want to put it in the coach’s face or the other team’s face, but until the PBA changes the rules or something else, and until they continue this rule which is the quotient rule, then we’ll follow the rules.”

The Bolts, who improved to 2-1, will try to not rely on the quotient rule as they seek to make it two wins in a row when they meet defending Commissioner’s Cup champions San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday, May 9, at the Mall of Asia Arena. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.