Guiao on Gilas incident vs. Jordan: "They were bullying us"
Paul Lintag on Nov 22, 2018 07:04 AM
"I just didn't want to be bullied in our own country," Guiao said on his defiant stand. "They were bullying us all the way. Nandito tayo, tapos tayo pa yung binu-bully. Hindi naman dapat yun," he added.
MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas once again got involved in controversy Wednesday, with its tune-up game against Jordan ahead of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers prematurely ending in the fourth quarter as the entire national team of Jordan walked out of the Meralco Gym here.
The second of two practice games between both countries was an intense and physical affair.
Things came to a fault at the 6:26 mark of the fourth quarter when a Jordan player threw the basketball at Scottie Thompson following a protest on a foul call.
That sparked the second verbal altercation between Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao and his counterpart from Jordan, Joseph Stiebing.
It ended with Jordan walking off the court, ending the game with the Philippines up by nine, 82-73.
"I just didn't want to be bullied in our own country," Guiao said on his defiant stand.
"They were bullying us all the way. Nandito tayo, tapos tayo pa yung binu-bully. Hindi naman dapat yun," he added.
The incident in the fourth period was the second of the game between Guiao and Stiebing.
The first one came during the second quarter when both coaches went at it inside the court after a hard foul on Gilas forward Christian Standhardinger.
"I felt that that was unnecessary, it was a takedown [on Christian]. Eh nandito tayo eh, respetuhin naman nila tayo. Konting respeto naman," Guiao said.
"Wala naman tayong ginagawa sa kanila eh, naglalaro lang tayo. Eh yung [expletive] coach na yan akala mo sinong siga, hindi naman lalaban ng suntukan yung [expletive] na yun eh," he added.
It has been a bad year for Gilas Pilipinas in terms of skirmishes against other countries,
Several national team players are still serving suspension over the unfortunate Gilas-Boomers brawl back in July and the federation is actually under probation from FIBA.
Whether or not this latest incident causes the Philippines more trouble remains to be seen.
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