DLSU’s Ayo, FEU’s Racela both batting for consistent officiating

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 12, 2016 09:31 PM
DLSU’s Ayo, FEU’s Racela batting for consistent officiating
BIRDS WITH THE SAME FEATHER. DLSU coach Aldin Ayo and FEU coach Nash Racela observed that officiating was somewhat inconsistent during their highly-anticipated rematch.

Coach Aldin Ayo was nothing but proud with how De La Salle University battle back and eventually ended up once again getting the better of Far Eastern University.

What he didn’t appreciate, however, was how the game, as intense as expected, was called.

“I was pissed off at that conversation that we had in the middle of the court before the third quarter because one of the referees said, ‘Coach, pag ‘di na namin kinaya, tatawagan na namin,’” he shared.

Ayo and Green Archers’ captain Jeron Teng and Tamaraws’ assistant coach Eric Gonzales and captain Raymar Jose all came together at the end of the halftime break for a huddle with the three game officials. Their gathering was caught on camera, but what was said throughout was unclear.

As it turns out, that statement by the referee ticked off the first-year mentor into once again questioning the officiating. As he put it, “What does that mean? Ano yun, pakiramdaman? Wala ba tayong rules dito ng basketball?”

In particular, Ayo mentioned how, following their statement, the referees could have possibly policed the physical defense on hulking Ben Mbala. “Anong klaseng foul ang ibibigay kay Ben? Malakas katawan nito e ang gusto nila, malakas rin na foul para tumawag ng foul,” he expressed.

He then continued, “Kung mahina na player, bibigyan mo ng mahina na foul na rin. Pero ibig sabihin, uniform bay un? Dapat uniform tawagan regardless kung malakas o mahina yung player.”

For reference, a total of 36 fouls were whistled in the highly-anticipated rematch. The Tamaraws incurred 22 while the Archers garnered 14.

For his part, FEU coach Nash Racela also said that game officials were inconsistent with their calls – from the first half to the second half, at least. As he put it, “You can’t be consistent if you differ from the first half. If you call it physical in the first half, you have to call it physical in the second half.”

In the end, however, Racela said neither he nor his counterpart could do anything about it. “They should do something about it because all we could do is call their attention,” he expressed.


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