Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Yeng Guiao and those sideline incidents

Yeng Guiao and those sideline incidents
by rick olivares

It was a massive come from behind win by San Miguel and a massive collapse by Rain or Shine that led by 20 in the fourth period before succumbing, 109-105.

The RoS Elasto Painters scored a whopping 68 points in the first half but only 37 in the second half including 14 in the fourth quarter.

Did the altercation between RoS coach Yeng Guiao and SMB guard Chris Ross change the complexion of the game? While it did fire up SMB, it can be said that RoS withstood the third quarter rally of San Miguel as they entered the final quarter with a 91-71 lead. 

Having said that, here’s a look at the sidecourt altercations involving the fiery Guiao. Interestingly, these matches have been both against San Miguel and Talk ’N Text and every time, Guiao’s team was sent packing in the series.

Game 1 Commissioner’s Cup Finals 2014-15 season
After Jayson Castro and Ivan Johnson combine to steal the ball from a pass into the post by Gabe Norwood, Talk ’N Text’s American reinforcement runs down the sidelines and bumps into Guiao. There is speculation that Johnson did it on purpose or Guiao deliberately allowed himself to be bumped to fire up his team that was down, 70-61, with 3:36 on the clock of the third period. 

The result: TNT won the game, 99-92.

Game 6 Philippine Cup semifinals 2006-07 season
After SMB’s Dondon Hontiveros hit a triple to tie the match at 45-all at the 4:05 mark of the second period, he ran up the sidelines where Guiao, then coaching Red Bull, “protected himself” and threw an elbow to the former who hit the deck. SMB assistant coaches Biboy Ravanes and Pido Jarencio got into a shouting match with Guiao who was ejected from the match.

It fired up Red Bull that won the game, 104-100, to send the semifinals series to a seventh game (in a series that SMB eventually won).

Game 1 Commissioner’s Cup semifinals 2013-14 season
With 17.1 seconds left in the game and TNT leading 91-85, there was an altercation between Tropang Texters import Richard Howell and Guiao. During the lull, Guiao was complaining to PBA officials from across the court when Howell passed in front of him. Guiao’s hand brushed against Howell that earned the ire of the American. RoS’ coach claimed that he was in that spot first and had his arms outstretched when Howell passed right in from of him.

The result: Guiao was fined P30K and TNT swept the series. 

Then last night, Guiao bumped into Ross who was waiting to inbound the ball. Ross, however got the last word in when he hit a triple and stole the ball seven times — a career high - en route to the Beermen’s massive win.

Will history repeat itself with Guiao’s opponents winning the series? Or will Rain or Shine reverse the tide and get back to the finals?

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