After the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters suffered their first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup last Friday against the Powerade Tigers, witnesses saw coach Yeng Guiao and import Jamelle Cornley exchanging heated words on their way to the locker room.
That has led to speculation about the relationship between Guiao and Cornley, who led the Elasto Painters to four straight wins before the defeat to Powerade.
But Rain or Shine assistant coach Caloy Garcia and team owner Raymond Yu quickly dispelled speculations about Cornley’s future with the squad.
“Yes, there were exchanges of words that happened, but they were just carried away by the fact that all of us don’t want to lose in that game. That’s how passionate both of them are to win,” Garcia told InterAKTV in a telephone interview.
“Coach Yeng hates to lose and so does Cornley. But the altercation was no big deal. That goes to show how much our devotion is towards winning. Everybody’s on the same page.”
Rain or Shine management has given Guiao a free hand when it comes to personnel choices with the team, but Yu said there are no plans to look for a replacement.
“I don’t think he will replace Cornley,” Yu said in a telephone interview. “Kasi kung papalitan siya, dapat malalaman ko agad. Wala naman siyang sinasabi sa akin.”
Cornley had his best scoring game in the loss to the Tigers, scoring 31 points but shooting just 1-of-9 from the free throw line. He is averaging 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Elasto Painters while playing just 38 minutes a game, a relatively low number for reinforcements.
Source: Rey Joble, InterAKTV