PBA: "Referees don't decide the game" -- Pido on controversial call

Philip Matel on Feb 27, 2019 11:03 PM
What was supposed to be a 99-96 lead for the Batang Pier was nullified, and worse, was Anthony's sixth foul, leaving him helpless on the bench the rest of the way.

NorthPort Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio offered a short yet concise message regarding the controversial call in their 98-96 loss against the Phoenix Fuel Masters, Wednesday evening.

The game was tied at 96-all with under 50 seconds left when forward Sean Anthony launched a three-pointer over defender Justin Chua.

The ball swished through the net before a whistle was called as Chua crumbled to the floor.

To everybody's surprise, the sideline referee signaled the other way and called an offensive foul, citing the Anthony's off-arm supposedly hitting Chua's face with 47.1 ticks remaining.

What was supposed to be a 99-96 lead for the Batang Pier was nullified, and to make matters worse, it was Anthony's sixth foul, leaving him helpless on the bench the rest of the way.

Jarencio and all of the Northport bench were furious after the call, and the tactician still fuming even as he left the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

"Referees don’t decide the game. Okay? You don’t call an offensive foul like that," ranted Jarencio.

"Last 1 minute then you call offensive foul? And in the video, it’s so clear na wala. Okay? Referees don’t decide the game. Let the players win the game and lose the game. That’s it," he then added.

Anthony for his part refused to comment on the matter. 

"I'm trusting the PBA office to look into it. I gotta reserve my comment because nothing I can say can change anything and I don't wanna get in trouble," he quipped.

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