NCAA 95: Robinson frustrated with officiating, calls out refs
Mark Escarlote on Oct 11, 2019 05:23 PM
I’m really frustrated with the way the calls has (sic) been made. If they’re gonna be mad at me so be it. I just want to be out there and telling them that they should improve their officiating -- LPU coach Topex Robinson
Lyceum of the Philippines University head coach Topex Robinson expressed his frustrations with the officiating moments after the Pirates defeated Jose Rizal University to lock up the no. 2 seed in the semifinals of the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball competition.
The mentor called out the referees for allowing some ‘too physical’ contact on his import Mike Nzeusseu, with some, Robinson claimed, seemingly intended to hurt his big man.
“I just want to touch more on officiating,” said Robinson, whose squad beat the Heavy Bombers, 77-64, Wednesday for a 13-4 win-loss slate. “It’s really getting, I don’t know. What’s happening right now, it hits Mike and try to get into his head.”
Robinson felt that the referees should’ve done something to protect the players from getting beaten up by cheap shots and unsportsmanlike physicality.
“It’s getting worse. I hope it won’t affect the essence of the game. I mean, I don’t know whose responsibility it is either teaching your players to be physical and dirty just because of winning or always doing it the right way, I don’t know,” he said.
“I’m really frustrated with the way the calls has (sic) been made,” he added. “If they’re gonna be mad at me so be it. I just want to be out there and telling them that they should improve their officiating.”
Robinson stressed that they have already called the attention of game officials before and even submitted video clips to prove their claim.
“We’ve sent clips already of games wherein I wouldn’t mind if Mike is attacking the basket and he gets fouled, OK yun. But kung wala ka doon sa play, bigla kang titirahin. It’s something else,” said Robinson.
He claimed that his Cameroonian import was been complaining of getting hit and was still hurting after the game.
“He’s really getting beaten (up),” he said. “I just feel so pissed off right now. They should see what teams are doing with Mike.”
“I’m just really frustrated right now. I hope with this message things will be better,” Robinson said.
The Pirates will close the elimination round on Thursday against unbeaten defending champion San Beda University.
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