FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
MANILA, Philippines — Rain or Shine mentor Yeng Guiao was fined for the first time this season by the PBA Commissioner’s Office, for shoving a player in a previous game that led to his early ejection.

Guiao, however, will be available when the Elasto Painters face the Barako Bull Energy in the PBA Philippine Cup today at the Astrodome in Pasay City.

PBA Commissioner Angelico “Chito” penalized Guiao P4,600 after accumulating his fifth technical foul this conference, so far the most for any coach, as well as P30,000 for “physically contacting a player that is flagrant misconduct” when he shoved the Clickers’ Ogie Menor.
Guiao reacted to Menor’s taunting when he clapped in front of the Rain or Shine player on the bench after nailing a jumper from the left side.

Salud, though, did not suspend the 52-year-old Guiao, who also is Pampanga vice governor. With the latest fine, Guiao has now accumulated P685,000 since 1993 when he first started his PBA coaching career.

Aside from his ejection against, he was also thrown out of the game opposite Alaska last Oct. 19, which Rain or Shine won (120-84). Guiao now has a total of nine ejections.

“That’s how it is, sometimes one has to suffer the consequences of his actions,” said Guiao in Filipino.

Rain or Shine, targeting its first Finals appearance since joining the PBA in 2006, won that game against, 96-75, last Friday for its third consecutive win, giving the Painters a 6-1 record.

Defending champion Talk ’N Text has tied Rain or Shine for the lead with similar 6-1 records following a come-from-behind 95-86 win over Powerade Wednesday night, the Tropang Texters’ first game sans center Ali Peek, who was shot last Monday in Mandaluyong City.

Aside from rookie guard Paul Lee, two other players are producing solid numbers for Rain or Shine, Jeff Chan and Ronjay Buenafe, and they are expected to lead the charge when the Painters meet the Energy at 7:30 p.m.

So far in this conference, the 6-foot-3 Chan is averaging 18.4 points per game, and he’s fresh from dropping a career-best 28 points against The 6-foot-1 Buenafe, on the other hand, is averaging 12.1 points, behind Lee’s 14.3 points per game.

“The good thing about our team is that we don’t just rely on one player,” said Guiao.


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