With B-MEG down late in the fourth quarter in Game One of its Governors’ Cup title duel against Rain or Shine, a heated Llamados coach Tim Cone sent a white monoblock chair flying into the court.
After the game, he called the stunt, which led to his ejection, a mistake.
“My frustration got the best of me. There was some point you commit mistakes and that was one of them,” said Cone.
Curiously, between the two coaches involved in the series, Cone has the more timid reputation compared to his Elasto Painters counterpart Yeng Guiao.
The Rain or Shine coach had his share of complaints about the complaints over the officiating, and downplayed Cone’s actions.
“Nainggit nga ako kay Coach Tim,” said Guiao in jest. “It brought back memories of my younger years. Nagawa ko na rin kasi yan before.”
Turning serious, Guiao, who is no stranger to outbursts on the court, said it could have been a psychological ploy from Cone to fire up his squad for the upcoming games in the series.
“I think Tim was trying to find a way how to spark his team. He tried to create something they can rally on, but that’s part of the game. It’s a psychological game available to coaches,” said Guiao.
Cone said he was frustrated by the officiating all game, particularly about physical play.
“We were pleading our case to the refs, but our pleas fell on deaf ears,” said Cone.
Guiao, meanwhile, had issues about several missed calls by the officials, particularly on blocks by import Marqus Blakely that should have been called goaltending.
“The referees told us they were really goaltending violations. Mahirap nung tinatatnong ko sila kasi sabi nung isang referee hindi goaltending. Importante sa amin yung mga puntos dahil dalawang beses nangyari yun so bale four points yun,” said Guiao.
“OK lang naman sa amin yun, basta aminin lang nila na nagkamali sila and hope na hindi na mauulit yung tawag.”
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