Serbian coach Aleksandr Djordjevic readily admitted that he was angered by the hard bump of Gilas Pilipinas stalwart Paul Lee on his team’s starting point guard, Marko Guduric, during the 7-minute mark of the payoff period of the two team’s preliminary round match which was handily won by the Serbs, 126-67, Monday night at the GBA International Sports and Recreation Center in Foshan, China.
Lee rushed to defend Guduric and gave him a slight nudge which forced the Serbian playmaker to crash to the floor in front of his team’s bench.
“I don’t like dirty play and I don’t like it when you have an intention. It seemed to me an intention to hurt a player,” said Djordjevic after the lopsided match.
“You have to play fair and square, play physical but tough and fair play. That’s what I asked for the players and that’s what I asked for the opponents because this is not a way to play an opponent,” he added.
Gilas coach Yeng Guiao, who was just a few meters away from the Serbian coach during the presser, immediately came to Lee’s defense.
“I don’t think so. I guess if you wanted to hurt somebody, that’s not the only way you can do,” explained the fiery mentor.
Game officials slapped Lee with an unsportsmanlike foul after thoroughly reviewing the incident and the decision didn’t sit well with Guiao.
“It was just a bump. Actually, I felt a lot of the calls went for them (Serbia). We couldn’t understand a lot of the calls. I felt they took away our momentum, the early fouls on (Andray) Blatche, then a lot of touch fouls,” he said.
“So there are referees worse than PBA refs,” added Guiao with a smile.