PBA: Jericho Cruz got his Coach Yeng tirade as a rookie
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jul 29, 2020 03:53 PM
Jericho Cruz has been playing under coach Yeng Guiao for most of his PBA career from his days at Rain or Shine to now at NLEX.
Naturally, Cruz has experienced Coach Yeng's infamous fiery rants.
In fact, it didn't take long for Cruz to be on the receiving end of one of them, taking an earful as a rookie and in the PBA Finals no less.
"Nung Finals natin kalaban natin Talk 'N Text rookie year ko, pinabantay sakin si kuya Jayson [Castro] eh," Cruz said on Extra Rice with his former teammate Rain or Shine.
The series in question is the 2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, which Rain or Shine unfortunately dropped after a double-overtime loss in Game 7 to the Tropang Texters.
Castro balled out in the series, averaging 22.7 points per game and topping out 44 points in one outing.
"Alam natin nung time na yun grabe talaga si kuya Jayson. Parang unstoppable na. Syempre as a rookie, ang dami kong mistakes," Cruz said.
"Halftime, lumapit sakin [coach Yeng]. Sabi niya sakin, basta yung mga bad words, F-U ka. Akala ko matapang ka, pagdating sa Finals ang duwag mo. Pagdating ng second half, yun na yung time na nag-away kami ni kuya Jayson, pinipisikal ko na. Pero wala pa din, wala ako magawa," he added.
Rain or Shine did end up winning a Commissioner's Cup championship... but in 2016.
Since then, Cruz was traded to TNT to team up with Castro before finding himself back with Coach Yeng with the Road Warriors.
At NLEX, Jericho got a more veteran role especially since the Road Warriors' guard rotation is now led by Kiefer Ravena.
"Ako yung isa sa mga beterano na sa team eh. Yung konting experience ko, dinadala ko sa game," Cruz said.
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