PBA Finals: Victolero on Compton punching allegations: "Hindi naman siya referee"

Philip Matel on Dec 13, 2018 02:06 PM
Chito on Alex punching allegations: Hindi naman siya ref
After Magnolia took a commanding 2-0 lead in the series, Alaska emphatically responded and eventually tied it up Wednesday evening in a grind-it-out 90-76 victory.

It seems things have turned extra sour between the Magnolia Hotshots and the Alaska Aces in the best-of-7 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. 

After Magnolia took a commanding 2-0 lead in the series, Alaska emphatically responded and eventually tied it up Wednesday evening in a grind-it-out 90-76 victory.

Bells were rung and cracked as both teams had casualties in Game 4, with Hotshot import Romeo Travis getting his nosebridge busted open and Best Player of the Conference runner-up Chris Banchero being hit in the groin by defender Mark Barroca. 

Alaska head coach Alex Compton, visibly irritated by the latter incident, went on a lengthy rant in the post-game press conference for what he calls as 'dirty basketball' by Magnolia.

"First I'm glad we won, but second, if we're gonna get punched multiple times and there aren't calls or suspensions, I've got a problem. You all saw it right?" said Compton.

"Somebody punched Mike (Harris) in the testicles, somebody punced Chris in the testicles. At what point is it gonna get called? That's literally a low blow. I'm not happy about that one bit," he added.

However, Victolero came to his player's aid, dispelling his counterpart's allegations that his players were being unsportsmanlike.

"Both teams naman ine-expect 'yang physical game. I hope wala namang.... wala namang  sigurong masama sa ginagawa ng both teams, okay. But I think ano lang, as long as walang dirty, that's okay."

The Magnolia tactician also called into question Compton's statement about the scrum between the opposing guards late in the fourth quarter, stressing that the two coaches do not control how the game is called.

"Sabi lang niya 'yun. Hindi naman siya referee, coach siya eh. I think it's beyond our control. The referees will decide what's a foul, what's a flagrant foul, and what's not a flagrant foul."

Just like what Barroca claimed after his meeting with PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, Victolero believes there won't be suspensions coming their veteran's guard way heading to pivotal Game 5 Friday evening at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. 

"Hindi namin ine-expect ang suspensions kasi both players naman are doing their job. Okay? Kung sila lang ang papayagan ng referees, hindi naman tama 'yun. So the referees are doing their jobs," Victolero shared. 

"So I think today maganda 'yung ano nila. If we keep on complaining siguro sa referees, baka hindi na matapos ang series na ito."


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