PBA: Victolero calls for consistency from game officials after 29-point Finals loss
Paul Lintag on Dec 10, 2018 12:50 PM
"I don't know what the referees are doing for the next game, but I want to be consistent. Yun lang naman ang request ko before the series started, consistency," --- Chito Victolero.
Back in Game 2 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals, Alaska head coach Alex Compton went after game officials following a crushing loss.
The Aces went scoreless in the game's final five minutes and missed out on a win, instead Alaska went down 0-2 in the best-of-7 Finals.
Alaska once again had trouble dealing with the guards of Magnolia and Jio Jalalon proved to be the finisher for the Hotshots, scoring five straight points in a crucial stretch in the fourth quarter.
Compton was understandably not happy.
"I have not yet once publicly complained about officiating," Compton said after Game 2.
"I'm all for good defense. Those are two great defenders but if they karate chop or trip a ball handler, that's a foul. For some reason [referees] they don't call it," Compton added, singling out Magnolia's Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon.
In Game 3 Sunday, Alaska finally recovered to score its first win of the Finals and this time, it's Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero who went after game officials.
After a 29-point loss, Victolero was understandably irate and the second-year coach didn't mince words.
"Just give credit to the Alaska team. They come up prepared for this game. They are aggressive, and the energy, yung binibigay nila, medyo siguro hindi kami makasabay," he said.
"But also, Coach Alex is doing a good job also of calling the attention of the referees last game. I think nakuha niya yung attention ng referee for, sinasabi niyang my guards keep on fouling, my guards are playing like, dirty. So, the referees are not calling on our side, and the referees are calling on their side," Victolero added.
Despite Victolero's barrage though, stats show that Alaska barely won the foul calls, getting called for 24 compared to 27 on the part of the Hotshots.
Magnolia also shot more free throws, attempting 21 to Alaska's 16.
Nevertheless, this series just turned more serious and coaches are asking for more consistent calls on the part of the referees.
"I don't know what the referees are doing for the next game, but I want to be consistent," Victolero said.
"Yun lang naman ang request ko before the series started, consistency," he added.
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