PBA: Yeng irate over “stupid” foul that cost NLEX a win

Paul Lintag on May 25, 2019 08:20 PM
PBA: Yeng irate over “stupid” foul that cost NLEX a win
“I'm not surprised that people are complaining about the officiating. My problem with that call is si [technical director] Eric Castro justified [it]. I think that's stupidity. That is a stupid way to justify that call. They justified it by saying there was contact. The problem is not all contacts are foul. To me, that is a stupid way to justify that,” Guiao said.

In a close game Saturday against Northport, one particular call got NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao irate.

With the Road Warriors trailing by one in the final minute, Kyles Lao was called for a pushing foul on Nico Elorde.

Elorde was going out of bounds and tried to call timeout. No timeout was awarded but instead, Lao was called for the push when he rushed in and tried to trap Elorde near the sideline.

Guiao argued the call and was given a technical in the process. And while Elorde ended up missing two of the three free throws awarded to him, NLEX ended up still losing by four, dropping to 0-2 for the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.

“I'm not surprised that people are complaining about the officiating. My problem with that call is si [technical director] Eric Castro justified [it]. I think that's stupidity. That is a stupid way to justify that call. They justified it by saying there was contact. The problem is not all contacts are foul. To me, that is a stupid way to justify that,” Guiao said.

“Sobrang nipis. And previous to that action, kung gusto nilang tumawag ng foul, we just watched the tape, Sean Anthony was climbing all over the back of Kenneth Ighalo. They did not call that but they called an itsy bitsy physical contact. To me, that's not justifiable,” he added.

With such a close game and the timing of the call, coach Yeng says that the foul should have been let go.

It pretty much cost NLEX the win he said.

“We got a really ugly break. I don't think the foul on Kyles Lao was something that you should call in a situation like that,” Guiao said.

“That's a really bad call and it cost us the game,” he added.

Still, coach Yeng was satisfied with his team’s effort in the loss.

NLEX went All-Filipino against Northport as import Tony Mitchell’s documents didn’t arrive in time to make the game.

“I'm actually happy with our effort. We played without an import but we had a chance to win the game in the last one or two possessions,” Guiao said.


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