PBA: Almazan argues his crucial goaltend is “legal”

Paul Lintag on Sep 27, 2019 08:27 PM
PBA: Almazan argues his crucial goaltend is “legal”
“Para sakin, legal yun. Ang daming beses ko na nakita sa World Cup na ginagawa ng players yun,” Almazan said. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Meralco’s comeback attempt Friday was cut short by a crucial goaltending violation against Raymond Almazan.

Down four in the final minute against NLEX in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, the Bolts gave up another two points with 35 seconds to go because of the Almazan violation.

Officials say Raymond touched the rim on a rebound play following a Kiefer Ravena attempt.

Almazan argues he did nothing wrong.

“Para sakin, legal yun. Ang daming beses ko na nakita sa World Cup na ginagawa ng players yun,” Almazan said.

“Di ko naman nahawakan yung ring eh. At nakita kong nag-bounce siya tapos tinapik ko na siya agad. Akala ko nga tinawagan ng foul si Ighalo eh tapos magf-free throw ako. Nagulat na lang ako na goaltending. Break of the game din yun,” Raymond added.

In the end though, Almazan says the Bolts can’t affort to stage comebacks every game.

It’s on to the next one for Meralco now.

“Hindi pwedeng every game ganun eh. Di pwedeng every game magha-habol ka ng ganun,” Almazan said.

“Kailangan makadikit ang game kasi mas gusto ko yung ganing laro na dikit, na kahit endgame okay lang samin. Pero yung 18-plus tapos nag-20 pa ata, kahit sino mahihirapan doon. Good effort pa rin for the whole team. Siguro bawi na lang kami next game namin,” he added.

 

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