Meralco calls for consistent, fair officiating in Game 6
Mark Escarlote on Oct 24, 2017 03:44 PM
Meralco import Allen Durham was slapped with a P30,000 fine after his rants against the officiating in the Bolts' Game 5 loss to Barangay Ginebra in the best-of-seven PBA Governors' Cup Finals series.
Meralco import Allen Durham was slapped by the PBA Commissioner’s Office with a P30,000 fine Tuesday after his scathing comments on how Game 5 of the best-of-seven Governors’ Cup Finals series was officiated.
But Bolts team manager Paolo Trillo felt that Durham’s penalty doesn’t address the officiating issue in Meralco’s 74-85 Game 5 loss to defending champion Barangay Ginebra Sunday at the Philippine Arena.
“I don’t know if that solves anything,” he said.
“Ginebra came out very aggressive in Game 5 and stayed away from foul trouble,” Trillo added. “We have to find a way to stay aggressive in Game 6 and not get into foul trouble.”
Meralco got into penalty early and some their key players shackled with foul trouble in that crucial Game 5 loss that pushed the Bolts’ backs against the wall with a 2-3 series deficit.
Durham was obviously disappointed with how the referees called the match especially during the crucial stretch in the payoff period and commented that the officiating “was really bad” while adding that in Game 6 on Wednesday he hopes that Meralco will “not play 5-against-8 with the officiating.”
"I mean, I’m not gonna blame it on the officials, we had our part too, but you can’t call a Finals game like that," said Durham in a postgame interview.
The two-time Best Import winner’s statements didn’t sit well with the PBA thus the fine.
Meralco will try its best to force a series decider on Friday but Trillo called for a fair and consistent officiating in Game 6.
“All we can hope is for fair and consistent officiating on both sides in Game 6,” said Trillo.
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