Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rain or Shine Faces 2 Million Pesos Fine for Walkout In Game 6 Against SanMig

They were not able to win to PBA PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup championship crown despite making a great run in the conference as number 2 squad and to make things worse; they will be fined a whopping P2 million pesos for staging a walkout during game 6 of the finals series against the SanMig Super Coffee Mixers.  This disclosure came from the Rain or Shine team owner Terry Que.

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During the 11:39 mark of the second quarter of game 6, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao led a walk out of his team as a strong protest against what he says is an inconsistent officiating in the game.  Guiao explains the move saying,

“This game particularly, we had to go to the extreme just to make a point. 

“If we hadn’t done that it would have been worse. We felt that the calls took the initiative out of our game. We recovered, but it already took a lot of us emotionally and psychologically. Ganun talaga. We let the audience judge for themselves. Nakita naman ng mga tao yan dahil nakakaintindi naman sila ng basketball.”

After a few minutes, the Rain or Shine team returned to the basketball court and Guiao received a technical foul.

The multi-awarded coach is no stranger to using this tactic not only to vent out his frustration but also more or less to awaken his boys and get back in the game.  In 2006, as coach of Red Bull, he also led walk out against the San Miguel Beer in their semifinals match.  They eventually returned to the playing court but the team was fined with P500,000 while Coach Guiao was slapped with P100,000 fine.

Under the rules of the PBA, a team has 15 minutes to go back to the game if they walk out the court.  A partial walkout will be fined P2 million while a total walkout with the team not returning to the game is to be fined P10 million.

Raymond Yu, co-owner of the Elasto Painters said in an interview with Interaksyon that the poor officiating that favored the San Mig Mixers spurred the walk out.  

“We were very consistent in the first five games, pero yung sistema ng tawagan hindi naging pareho sa Game Six. Kaya sa tingin ko, na-frustrate si Coach Yeng.”

Talk ‘N Text in 2010 was slapped a P1 million peso fine in 2012 in their quarterfinals match against Barangay Ginebra.

In the third quarter, the Rain or Shine made a great fight back from a high of 17-point deficit and even led the game at 62-60.  However, the Mixers remained focused and found their scoring in the hands of the rookie Ian Sangalang and Mark Barroca in the fourth quarter to end the series and clinch the win for the San Mig Super Mixers 93-87.

Mark Barroca was hailed the Finals MVP while Coach Tim Cone made history by eclipsing the record by Baby Dalupan as the winningest coach in PBa history with 16 crowns.

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