Rain or Shine players return to the court. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Rain or Shine’s woes look to continue a day after they lost the PBA Philippine Cup as the team is facing a huge sanction after walking out in the second quarter of Game 6 against the San Mig Coffee Mixers.
Fiery head coach Yeng Guiao led a walkout of his team early in the second quarter, protesting what he felt was “spotty officiating” against the Elasto Painters, the PBA website reported.
They eventually returned to the floor after just a few minutes, but it was later reported that Rain or Shine team governor Mert Mondragon has been summoned by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud in a meeting Thursday.
League rules on walkouts state that a team that stages a “partial walkout” will be fined P2 million.
“The rules on walkouts, partial or otherwise, are clear and we will enforce them accordingly,” Salud said in a statement on Thursday.
The Elasto Painters did return to the floor before the 15-minute grace period expired.
At the resumption of the game, San Mig stretched its lead to as much as 17 points, 49-32, but Rain or Shine clawed its way back to the game and entered halftime down by just six, 43-49. They would take the lead for the first time in the third quarter, 62-60.
But it was the San Mig Coffee Mixers who hit all the big shots and made the defensive stops in crunch time to win 93-87 and claim the Philippine Cup.
In his statement, Salud said he does not want the walkout to overshadow the remarkable effort of both the Coffee Mixers and the Elasto Painters in the series.
“I don’t want one thing to be lost in all these – my respect and admiration for the players of both teams who gave it all for the game and for the fans,” he said.
“I commend them. They are a credit to the sport and they did the PBA proud.”
According to the PBA website, the Elasto Painters are the fourth team in league history to stage a walkout.
Anejo Rum walked out in 1990 and was fined P500,000. Talk 'N Text also memorably staged a walkout in a playoff game 2010, and fined P1 million. Red Bull also attempted to walk out in 2006 but returned to the playing court.