SUPER 8: Even in Macau, refs can't escape coach Yeng's wrath
Paul Lintag on Jul 18, 2018 06:07 PM
Guiao lamented that Etland got away with too many uncalled illegal screens though coach Yeng was not his usual fiery self when he "complained" about it. (ASIA LEAGUE Photo)
MACAU --- Regardless of where he is, head coach Yeng Guiao will comment about officiating if there are things worth mentioning.
After NLEX took a sound beating Wednesday at the hands of KBL's Etland Elephants in the Super 8 tournament here, Guiao lamented how his Road Warriors gave up 15 thre-pointers from the Koreans.
The Elephants converted 15-of-36 shots from beyond the arc for 41 percent. They only made 10 from two-points and shot 31 percent inside the arc.
That's a big no-no for Guiao.
"When you play a team like this it's really defending the threes that becomes a problem. They shot almost 42 percent. They only had 20 points from two points, their three-point shooting percentage is a lot better than two-point shooting," Guiao said after the loss.
"It's a different style and you need a different mentality. Pero ang ano ko kasi jan, we adapt to our local system," he added.
While he acknowledges that they failed to adjust on the Koreans, particularly in the second half when the Elephants pulled away, coach Yeng said officiating was a factor as well.
Guiao lamented that Etland got away with too many uncalled illegal screens though coach Yeng was not his usual fiery self when he "complained" about it.
"I think the officiating was a factor because there were no illegal screens almost. Their screens were moving. And when screens are moving and you try to catch a three-point shot, it becomes doubly difficult," Guiao said.
"Siguro yung lang. There are some factors that can help us if we're playing them in a tournament that we can play them several times to get used to their system. Pero dito kasi ang problema, minsan mo lang sila makakalaro. It's really being able to adapt quickly and adjust, which we were not able to do," he added.
NLEX will wrap up group play tomorrow against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
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