Mendoza: Why Rain or Shine ousted Petron Blaze

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Saturday, February 8, 2014


WHY is Rain or Shine the finalist in the PBA First Conference they call the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup?

While pundits placed predictions to a politically correct level—Rain or Shine and Petron Blaze are evenly matched in the best-of-seven semifinals—they forgot altogether the coaching aspect.

You think Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao did not out-coach Gee Abanilla of Petron Blaze that’s why the Painters had streaked to a 4-1 victory for a place in the Finals against the winner in the other semifinal pairing between Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee?

Hard to believe.

For, wasn’t Guiao thrown out during Games 3 and 4 on two technicals each, and next he was suspended from coaching the Painters in Game 5 for flashing the “dirty finger?”

RoS lost after Guiao got ejected in Games 3, but won in Game 4 with Guiao in the showers again as the Painters nailed a commanding 3-1 margin.

In Game 5 on Friday, Guiao was at his Pampanga home some two hours away by car from the Cubao Big Dome watching the action on TV.

Why did Rain or Shine still win twice with Guiao practically not coaching both games, including the Game 5 series clincher? What is this: It rains cats and dogs in Boracay in the summertime?

And to think that only one conference ago—in a tournament they called the PBA Reinforced Conference during the time of the late, lamented PBA Commissioner Rudy Salud (yes, he was the father of current Commish Chito)—Petron Blaze defeated Rain or Shine in a similar best-of-seven semifinals.

Did Guiao got his revenge by coaching through cell phone, especially when he was in Pampanga while Game 5 was on?

I am not being petty but, hey, don’t we have a rule on this?

I mean, what’s the use of a rule that throws out, suspends, a coach if he could still coach via cell phone?

In amateur boxing, anyone from the camp of a fighter caught giving pointers via hand gestures to the man in the corner when a fight is on could lead to a defeat by technicality. That strict.

Shouldn’t the PBA also have a law on this: A suspended coach cannot give instructions when a game is on?

Just a thought, fellers.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 09, 2014.

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