by Ernest Hernandez
The second game between Gilas Pilipinas and Jordan ended in an acute note after Jordan's head coach, Joey Stiebing, directed his team to leave in the middle of the fourth period after a verbal altercation with coach Yeng Guiao.
Before the strike, Stiebing highlighted how the mentor of Gilas Pilipinas talked to his players throughout the game, forcing him to take his players out to avoid more conflicts.
"From the point of view of coaching, when an opposed coach curses your players and calls them names, I think I'm crossing the line and that upset me," Stiebing said. "I asked my coach earlier," Please, do not talk to my players "and did it again.
"I think we have to teach our children how to act." I was disappointed and felt like continuing the game, something bad will happen, and I do not want to see it happen, "he adds.
Gilas led, 82-73, before the Jordanian national team left the Meralco Hall. The national team just returned from 19 points before the emotions increased when a Jordanian player threw Scottie Thompson's ball.
For Stiebing, removing his players was the best decision he made for the team.
"If we fight, I do not think it's good for every team, so we decided to call it a game," he said. "I told the coach something I should not have said, but I did not curse him. It was only in the heat of the battle, I asked her not to curse my boys and continued to do it afterwards.
Although Stiebing said he did not curse at Guiao, the story was different for the Filipino national team coach.
"The coach said he would take my ass," Guiao said. "So I challenged him to take my ass, pen hindi naman niya ginawa."
"I did not want to be harassed in our country – they assaulted us all the way." Nandito tayo tapos tayo pa yung binu-bully Hindi naman dapat yun.
Gilas will play two more exhibition games with Lebanon, ahead of the FIBA World Fifth FIFA World Cup, which will be held on November 23 and 25.
Tags: FIBA, FIBA World Qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas, Joey Stiebing, Jordan, Yeng Guiao