Henry Walker of Alaska Aces (light) vs Arizona Reid of Rain or Shine (dark). PBA Photo
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao and Alaska import Henry Walker exchanged some harsh words over the course of their best-of-five PBA Governors Cup semi-finals series, but the two buried the hatchet after Game 5.
Guiao's E-Painters eliminated Walker’s Aces, winning Game 5, 97-94, with the import missing a potential game-tying triple.
After the game, Walker and Guiao were seen exchanging a hug at the middle of the court even as the Elasto Painters celebrated.
Later, the fiery head coach commended the import who had made life so difficult for his players.
"You have to respect his effort, what he has done," Guiao said of Walker, as quoted by PBA.ph.
During the highly physical series, Guiao called Walker a "menace and a bully," while Walker accused the Elasto Painters of being a dirty team.
"You have to separate what's really the psyching up, the psych battles, from professionalism," Guiao explained. "It's really just drawing the line, knowing when you have to respect people for what they have done."
"After the game, where you're out to make a living, tapos na 'yun. Pagbalik sa game, ganoon ulit," he added.
Rain or Shine advanced to the finals, where they will face the Grand Slam-seeking San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in a best-of-five series starting on Tuesday.