Rain or Shine Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia was ejected during the 1:43 mark of the 3rd period of Game 4 of their best-of-seven series with the Magnolia Hotshots after picking up his second technical foul of the game.
Garcia felt that his team wasn’t getting its fair share of the calls.
“Basically, from the start of the game they’ve been physical with us. I just told the players nung half time that we just have to man up against that team because you know we’re not getting any calls. Buti nga sa fourth quarter medyo nakakakuha na kami ng tawag,” said Garcia, whose team fell into a 2-2 tie after leading the series 2-0.
He was actually mocking the officials to throw him out of the game and he eventually got what he was asking for.
“Actually humihingi nga ako ng technical. Ayaw ko ngang magalit. Sabi ko i-throw out na lang nila ako kasi medyo yun nga I felt that we’re not getting anything.”
“Eh di ako pinapansin ng referee, lumalayo sa akin. So I went to the next referee na may hawak na bola, tinapik ko yung bola. Sabi ko, ‘I-throw out nyo na lang ako, kasi masyadong masakit sa mata yung tawagan,’” he added.
The ejection of their head coach served as a rallying point for the Elasto Painters as they were able to cut a once 21-point lead to just a solitary point.
The Hotshots, however, won’t be denied as Jio Jalalon buried 2 clutch free throws to bring the lead up to three and then James Yap missed a potential game-tying three-pointer that would’ve counted had it gone in.
Garcia, though, remains optimistic and has already devised a strategy going into Game 5 of the series which is set on Wednesday, April 24 at the Cuneta Astrodome.
“Probably coming Game 5, we’ll be more physical. I think we became more physical in the second half, that’s why we’re able to comeback. So labanan na lang kami ng matira ang matibay na lang.”