Fermin on being first coach ejected: ĎIím fighting for my teamí

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 21, 2015 10:19 AM
Fermin on being first coach ejected: ĎFor my team'
NON-VERBAL LANGUAGE. Mike Fermin got himself thrown out of the game to fight for his team.

Adamson University dropped to 0-4 in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament last Sunday, but not before making De La Salle University work for the entire 40 minutes.

From a high of 26, the Falcons shaved their disadvantage to as small as 11 and it was in the final frame wherein they mounted their rally. In the thick of things, head coach Mike Fermin got himself thrown out of the game to, in his words, fire up his boys even more.

“I’m fighting for my team. In the locker room after the game, I apologized first, but I said ‘Ganun ko kayo ipaglalaban,’” he said, reacting to the referees’ call that sent him back to the locker room with 6:46 remaining in the game.

The first-year mentor was ejected from the game for incurring two technical fouls in the same play – the first levied on the Adamson bench for improper decorum and the second levied on him for resentment to a call.

The play in question was a loose ball sequence wherein Adamson’s Dawn Ochea recovered the ball and in trying to protect it, hit DLSU’s Thomas Torres on the face. “Loose ball yun. Human reaction is (to fight the hand that was swiping). It was unintentional,” Fermin said.

He also added, “At walang history si Dawn Ochea nang ganun. That’s why nag-react ako.”

React, Fermin did, as aside from vehemently voicing out his disagreement with the referee, he also did a slit throat gesture a few times. “The sign was you killed our momentum. I looked at him and said, ‘You killed us. You killed our momentum.’”

He then continued, “Nandun na kami e, tas tatawag nang ganun? Yung effort ng mga bata, nandun, tas gaganunin kami?”

What made the bad call worse, in the Adamson mentor’s view, was that it should not have even come to that. “In the first place, dapat may foul ba before nun. Ochea got the ball, tapik, tapik, walang tawag. Hindi na dapat umabot dun,” he said.

For his part, the Falcons’ team captain echoed his coach’s sentiments. “Kinukuha ko lang yung bola, ‘di ko naman nakita si Torres na nandun. ‘Di ko sinasadya talaga,” Ochea told ABS-CBN Sports.

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