Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao expressed his displeasure with the overly physical play of Meralco’s Cliff Hodge moments after the Elasto Painters beat the Bolts, 102-93, to force a rubber match in their quarter-finals series.
“Cliff Hodge is a person who’s been hurting a lot of players,” Guiao said, as quoted by PBA.ph. “In the last play, he threw a closed fist in the face of (Rain or Shine rookie Raymond) Almazan.”
Game 2 was a rugged, physical affair that saw 60 fouls called – 30 on each team – but Guiao felt Hodge may have crossed a line when he hit Almazan in the face during a battle for a rebound in the final seconds.
“Okay lang naman sa amin ang physicality, because that’s our game,” Guiao said. “But what Hodge did has no place in this league.”
“It’s something that needs the attention of the league.”
Wayne Chism led the way for Rain or Shine with 26 points, seven rebounds, six blocks and five steals, while four locals scored in double digits for the E-Painters.
“We just wanted to come back strong. We focused on defense in this game. Our offense was just secondary. Our energy on defense rubbed off on offense,” said Guiao.