I wasn't very happy with how the game was governed -- Black
Mark Escarlote on Oct 28, 2017 07:41 AM
I wasn't very happy with the way the game was governed tonight and I don't wanna give the Commissioner any money so I'd just leave it at that, Okay? Thank you -- Meralco coach Norman Black
BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Meralco head coach Norman Black accepted the fact that for the second straight year Barangay Ginebra beat them to the PBA Governors’ Cup throne.
“First of all, congratulations to Ginebra and coach Tim (Cone),” said Black after the Bolts bowed down to the Gin Kings, 96-101, in Game 7 of the Finals series Friday night at the Philippine Arena witnessed by a record 54,086 crowd here.
“Other than that, I don't really have any comments,” he added.
But the mentor fired away with a parting jab on how he felt about the officiating especially in the final stretch of the match with Meralco making a last ditch push to salvage the game.
The Bolts were able to bring their 20-point third quarter deficit to 96-100 on a Jared Dillinger trey in the last 47 seconds.
Meralco was able to trap Gin King import Justin Brownlee, who barely escaped with a backcourt violation whistle from the referees, in the next play and the breaks of the game just didn’t go the Bolts way.
“I wasn't very happy with the way the game was governed tonight and I don't wanna give the Commissioner any money so I'd just leave it at that, Okay? Thank you,” said Black, who is hoping that his comments won’t earn a fine from the PBA Commissioners office the way Meralco import Allen Durham was penalized for his comments.
Durham was slapped with a P30,000 fine Tuesday after his scathing comments on how Game 5 of the best-of-seven series was officiated.
Durham was obviously disappointed with how the referees called the match last Sunday that buried Meralco to a 2-3 series deficit especially during the crucial stretch in the payoff period and commented that the officiating “was really bad” while commenting that they 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 his Game 5 postgame interview.
The Bolts eventually tied the series last Wednesday to force a series decider.
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