Featured image: A heated exchange between Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao and Jordan head coach Joseph Steibing cut short the second match between the two squads Wednesday night at the Meralco Gym in Quezon City.
Image and words by Waylon Galvez – MANILA BULLETIN Sports
The exhibition match between Gilas Pilipinas and the visiting Jordanians was called off with six minutes to go after coach Yeng Guiao and Jordan’s American coach Joseph Steibing figured in a heated verbal exchange that marred the second exhibition match of the two teams Wednesday night at the Meralco gym in Quezon City.
Guiao reacted to Steibing’s comments directed on him at the sideline following a play when a Jordan player threw the ball at Scottie Thompson after a foul.
“They were getting too rugged on us,” says Guiao. “Of course, it’s also the responsibility of the referees to take control of the game, and it’s also my responsibility to keep my players safe.”
“The coach said he was going to take my ass. So I was challenging him to take my ass,” he adds. “I just didn’t wanna to be bullied in our own country. They were bullying us all the way. Nandito tayo tapos tayo pa ‘yong binu-bully, hindi naman dapat ‘yon.”
The incident happened with the Philippines up 82-73 in the fourth quarter. Cooler heads prevailed as Jordan asked not to continue with the game. Late in the second quarter, emotions on both sides went up after a play involving Christian Standhardinger and a Jordanian player.
Jordan downed Gilas Pilipinas 98-92 on their first friendly match last Monday, November 19.
The national team takes on Lebanon also in a pair of exhibition games Friday and Saturday at the same venue.
Gilas is using the exhibition games as part of its preparation for its matches against Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3 in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay.
This story was originally published in MANILA BULLETIN Sports.
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