Coaches clash as Gilas-Jordan tuneup game cut short

Gilas' Guiao, Jordan's Steibing need to be separated (2:04)

Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao got into a verbal altercation with Jordan coach Joseph Steibing in their second tuneup game. (2:04)

Gilas Pilipinas led Jordan 82-73 when the exhibition game Wednesday was halted with 6:26 remaining in the fourth period after a verbal altercation between Gilas coach Yeng Guiao and Jordan coach Joseph Steibing.

The argument between the coaches came after a Jordan player threw the ball at Scottie Thompson.

"[Steibing] said he was going to take my ass so I was challenging him to take my ass but he didn't do it," Guiao said after the game. "I just didn't want to be bullied in my own country. They were bullying us all the way."

Gilas rallied from 19 points down and gained steam in the third period behind the San Miguel trio of June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Standhardinger, and Ginebra guard LA Tenorio.

The national team got the upper hand at the 4:44 mark after Tenorio made a 3-pointer and Fajardo sank a pair of free throws to make it 58-57. Things continued to go Gilas' way, leading by 10 after four straight points by Arwind Santos, 2:32 left in the third.

"We really played a bad first half. I felt there was a lack of effort on our side but after our huddle at the halftime the guys responded," Guiao said. "That's a tribute to the determination of the guys. That's a tribute to them not wanting to be embarrassed in situations like this."

All the Ginebra and San Miguel players part of the pool suited up with Gabe Norwood, Stanley Pringle, Beau Belga and Matthew Wright.

Poy Erram, Paul Lee, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and Gilas cadet Ricci Rivero were present but were in street clothes.

This was the second of two exhibition games between Gilas and the Jordan national team at the Meralco Gym. The two national squads are preparing for the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Jordan topped Gilas Pilipinas 98-92 Monday night.