Coach Franz: We shouldn't let the referees decide the game

Paul Lintag on Oct 21, 2017 08:01 PM
Coach Franz: We shouldn't let the referees decide the game
Tyrus Hill made the game's signature highlight play but the Adamson Falcons failed to get the breaks late and ended up losing to defending champion La Salle.

In a close game, certain breaks can decide whether on not one team ends up winning or not.

Breaks like that three-second violation called on Adamson's Papi Sarr late in the Falcon's loss to defending champion La Salle Saturday in the second round of UAAP Season 80.

Trailing by two, 72-74, Sarr was called with a three-second violation with 49 seconds to go. The Falcons ended up losing to the Green Archers, 74-80.

Head coach Franz Pumaren obviously didn't think it was the right call.

"There were certain breaks of the game, I don't wanna sound sourgraping but it showed there was a couple of calls that were questionable," he said.

"First of all, I don't think it was a three-second violation, that was crucial. The refs made the decision, I don't think three seconds [is] the same thing with the goaltending," Pumaren added.

Earlier in the game, there was a non-call on what appeared to be a goaltending violation on the part of Ben Mbala after it looked like an attempt by Sarr was already on its way down.

"We shouldn't let the referees decide the game, that's my opinion, but of course it's debatable," Pumaren said.

Despite dropping to 6-4 for the season, all losses at the hands of the Green Archers and the league-leading Ateneo Blue Eagles, Pumaren is not sweating at the possibility of missing out of th twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

At least not yet.

"Di naman worry," he said. "It's still a long way, each game for us is a learning experience."

"I'm quite positive that the games we lost will be beneficial on our part experience-wise," Pumaren added.

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