MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao appealed for fairness in officiating when his wards meet again San Mig Coffee in Game 2 of the PBA Governors' Cup finals on Thursday.
Guiao felt that the referees has allowed the Coffee Mixers to escape with a 104-101 win in Game 1 via a non-call on Marc Pingris’ contact with Paul Lee in the dying seconds of the game.
He believes that they could have tied the game on the free-throw line if Lee was given three charity shots because of what Guiao perceived to be a foul.
“I just thought Paul got fouled [in] the last play,” Guiao said in Richard Dy’s report to Spin.ph. “It was the 3-point shot that would've given us a chance to tie the game and at least going for overtime.”
Now that the Coffee Mixers are up in their best-of-5 series, 1-0, Guiao said he has no choice but to move on from their defeat.
“We'll just have to put this behind us,” said the coach.
He, however, said that the game officials should do a better job in Game 2, lest they rob the fans of a good match.
“This is going to be a close series. It's going to be [marked by] close games but if the referees don't do their job as they're supposed to, I think it really diminishes the beauty of the series,” he said.