Word War escalates

By Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jul 24 2012 01:32 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2012 10:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Expect a volatile encounter when two feisty coaches clash in a PBA finale.

With long history of emotional outbursts, Tim Cone and Yeng Guiao appear to be at it again with the former throwing a monobloc chair to underscore his disgust in officiating in Game One of the PBA Governors Cup finals last Sunday.

Guiao, however, described the action as “pathetic.”

“Cone is literally asking the refs to help them out, and I think that’s pathetic,” said Guiao after steering the Elasto Painters to an emphatic 91-80 victory.

PBA commissioner Chito Salud, meanwhile, stressed the league has not changed rules on physical plays allowed in the game.

“Obviously, there were clear fouls and violations that were not properly detected, but the level of physical contact that has been allowed and disallowed remains within the parameters set by the league,” Salud told The STAR.

“The failure of one team to adjust to the aggressiveness and enthusiasm of its opponent does not necessarily equate to a change in the physicality permitted by the rules,” Salud added.

Cone was subsequently ejected for his misconduct in the last eight minutes of the contest.

In the post-game interview, Cone said he was frustrated by the physicality of the game and “my frustration got the better of me.”

The 14-time champion coach scored the Elasto Painters’ physical plays, insinuating they’re hurting the Llamados on purpose to get them out of their game.

But Guiao hit back, saying they didn’t do anything that the Llamados didn’t do to the Elasto Painters.

“We’re just playing tougher defense and this is the finals. (Cone) should understand that,” said Guiao.

The five-time champion coach mentioned the Llamados’ own physical plays, including those of Yancy de Ocampo, James Yap and the B-Meg guards.

“They hounded our guards from backcourt to frontcourt. They kept on bumping our guards from backcourt to frontcourt, and no single foul was called,” said Guiao.

“From the very beginning, from our first match in the elims, Yancy has been swinging his elbows every time he’s in possession. He hasn’t got a warning,” Guiao also said.

“James Yap kept on bumping our defense, and we got the fouls,” Guiao continued.

“(Cone) said they’re breaking down the tape. But no matter how they break down the tape, there’s nothing we did that they didn’t do to us.”

Guiao said they’re not adjusting their game especially after that stirring Game One victory.

“The burden of adjustment is on them. We’re just trying to be consistent with what we’ve done in the past,” Guiao said.

The feisty ROS coach, however, stressed they must be ready for the Llamados’ fightback in Game Two tomorrow.

“Our win Sunday night was important. It buoyed up our confidence although we know they can come back anytime. Momentum can shift anytime,” Guiao said.

Cone’s latest outburst, his fourth technical foul, cost him P3,400 plus an additional fine at Salud’s discretion for the gravity of his misconduct.