PBA: Guiao, Belga fined following Game 1 altercation

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Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was whistled for a technical foul with 9:45 left in the third quarter.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao and center Beau Belga were fined P20,000 each for separate offenses committed in the third quarter of the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinal opener against San Miguel Beer on Tuesday (January 6).

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Guiao was whistled for a technical foul for contacting San Miguel guard Chris Ross during a throw-in situation with 9:45 left in the third quarter. Belga was also assessed a technical for forcefully shoving Ross during the incident.

The fine levied was for violation of league rules prohibiting a player seated on the bench from leaving when a commotion is taking place.

In his letter to Guiao, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa told the Rain or Shine mentor that the Commissioner’s Office finds Guiao’s action unsportsmanlike.

“The act of physically contacting an opponent is considered under the rules as grave unsportsmanlike gesture that should have merited an ejection,” Narvasa said.

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The Commissioner’s Office also slapped Rain or Shine's Jericho Cruz and Raymond Almazan, and San Miguel’s Yancy de Ocampo and Ross a total of P5,800 in fines for drawing technical fouls for various reasons.

The Beermen went on to clinch Game 1 following a furious rally that saw them overcome a 20-point deficit.

Game 2 is on Thursday (January 7) at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.