Nash says San Miguel got special treatment in Game 4
Paul Lintag on Feb 15, 2017 09:27 AM
"Just because they are the defending champion and they have the MVP, all of a sudden they are expecting special treatment when they enter the court." --- Nash Racela.
The best-of-7 Philippine Cup semifinal series between two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer and TNT just took another interesting turn on Valentine's Day.
After several Beermen expressed their concern that three-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo is not getting enough respect from referees at the end of a KaTropa win in Game 3, TNT head coach Nash Racela fired back, saying the Beermen had some sort of special championship treatment for Tuesday night's Game 4.
"They got what they wanted. They were demanding some treatment from the referees the last game," Racela said.
"If they heard what [Chris] Ross and Marcio [Lassiter] said, they go it today. That kind of entitlement because they are the champions, they got it today," he added.
With TNT in the middle of a comeback from 22 points down in the fourth quarter, two particular calls seem to have favored the Beermen a little bit that may have pushed Racela on the brink.
The first was at the 7:37 mark of the final period when RR Pogoy was called for a foul on RR Garcia while the latter was shooting a corner triple.
Replay showed Pogoy was nowhere close in touching Garcia.
The second was about a minute later, a non-call on Marcio Lassiter after he tried to carve ample space while hooking Larry Fonacier.
Fonacier was later called for a technical foul after "disrespecting an official."
"Just because they are the defending champion and they have the MVP, all of a sudden they are expecting special treatment when they enter the court," Racela said.
"Ako, I don't buy that as a coach. If you demand something, demand that the right calls be made by the referees. If you lose by getting the right calls, tanggapin natin. But demanding for some special treatment? That's wrong," he added.
Now that the series is tied at 2-2, the pivotal Game 5 is set for Thursday at the Big Dome.
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