UAAP: Coach Tab upset over 'inappropriate' refereeing vs Ateneo

Philip Matel on Sep 22, 2018 08:34 PM
Coach Tab upset over 'inappropriate' refereeing vs Ateneo
Tab Baldwin implied that the three-man crew was partial towards the trailing Bulldogs.

Coach Tab Baldwin expressed his disappointment over how the referees handled the game during the low points of Ateneo's blowout win over NU at the Araneta Coliseum Saturday evening.

Baldwin implied that the three-man crew was partial towards the trailing Bulldogs, who were down by as much as 27 in the contest. He stated examples of the supposed bias of the three referees, who allegedly let NU give out excessive contact with the Blue Eagles players. 

"I'd like to know why the foul count skews considerably when you have a big lead. I'd like to know why players are allowed to push off, when we're denying them the basketball for full court throughout the game," the former Gilas Pilipinas coach said after the game.

"And they warned us for flopping. I'd like to know what is the rationale in the referee's minds to change the way they referee because the score changes. And those are questions somebody should answer."

The mentor however clarified that what the referees did was out of a culture, something that he has consistenly seen in his 35-year coaching career. 

He then added that that kind of officiating must not stoop down to the collegiate level.

"You should referee on the possession, on the merits of the possession. And nothing else. If there's any other agenda working in referee's minds, it's inappropriate.

Baldwin made it known that he was not happy, even though they got the win, and hopes that things will called right down the middle.  

"[I]t annoys the hell out of me. Obviously, I'm sitting here like I should be happy, but I'm pissed off."


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