Yeng Guiao expressed his frustration after NLEX got the boot from Brgy. Ginebra in Game 4 of the semifinals of the 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup.
Buoyed by their breakthrough win in Game 3, the second-seeded Road Warriors tried but failed to send the series into a winner-take-all match largely due to the phenomenal performance of Gin Kings import Justin Brownlee who scattered a conference-best 47 points and the reemergence of sharp-shooter Jeff Chan. The 39-year old lefty fired 20 points built of 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
“We ran into some bad breaks,” said Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao in reference to original reinforcement KJ McDaniels leaving for the US after the elimination round, injuries to key players Anthony Semerad, Calvin Oftana and Matt Nieto, and unrestricted free agent Jericho Cruz opting to join San Miguel.
“Despite of those, we feel we have a good series.”
Guiao, nonetheless, gave credit to the Gin Kings who managed to advance to the championship round despite entering the playoffs as the 6th seed.
“They deserved to be in the finals, they’ve gone to a lot of things also,” said the former Gilas Pilipinas coach. “But at the same time, I wish we could have given them a better fight.”
The fiery mentor, however, felt that officiating also played a part in their ouster.
“Particularly in this game, we did not get the breaks. I was frustrated with the officiating. I guess we couldn’t get any momentum with an officiating like that,” stressed Guiao.
“But we understand that. Every time you play Ginebra, you always need to make allowances. That’s part of playing Ginebra.”