PBA: KaTropa put Game 1 loss to SMB under protest

Paul Lintag on Jul 09, 2018 08:02 PM
PBA: KaTropa put Game 1 loss to SMB under protest
After a 23-point collapse to defending champion San Miguel Beer, TNT is set to put its Game 1 loss under protest.

The 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup is already off to a blazing start.

After a 23-point collapse to defending champion San Miguel Beer, TNT is set to put its Game 1 loss under protest.

Monday at the Big Dome, the defending champion Beermen scored a sensational 121-110 win over rival TNT, coming back from a 23-point second-half deficit.

However, KaTropa team manager Virgil Villavicencio started the process of his team's protest of the game and TNT will have until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday to send a letter to the Commissioner's office to make the whole thing official.

Per chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, league rules state that the KaTropa will also have to pay a P20,000 bond to start the process of the protest.

While details of the protest remain unclear at the moment, it should be no surprise that TNT will point to the foul and free throw disparity between the two teams.

The Beermen and the KaTropa were pretty much equal across all stats, except those two categories.

San Miguel had a glaring advantage in fouls, 19-35, and also shot more free throws than TNT, 40-18. Import Renaldo Balkman attempted 16 free throws all by himself.

"No comment na lang," Villavicencio said on the grounds of the protest.

"Mahirap na mag-salita. No comment na lang," he added.

 


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