UAAP Finals: UP's Juan GDL hopes referees 'do a better job' in Game 2

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2018 09:04 AM
UP's Juan GDL hopes referees 'do a better job' in Game 2
Juan Gomez de Liaño had some words for the UAAP officiating as the UP Fighting Maroons try to stay alive in Game 2 of the men's basketball Finals.

University of the Philippines star Juan Gomez de Liaño took to Twitter to voice out his apparent frustration over the officiating in the Fighting Maroons' Game 1 loss to Ateneo in the UAAP men's basketball Finals last Saturday.

The 19-year-old sophomore had 17 points in UP's 79-88 loss to the Blue Eagles, but did it on 5-of-14 shooting, and was forced to turn the ball over six times.

The younger of the GDL brothers was also slapped with a technical foul for continuous complaining: 

What sparked the most outrage online, however, was when Ateneo big man Angelo Kouame got in contact with season MVP Bright Akhuetie on the block, causing UP's center to hyperextend his left knee before crumpling to the ground. 

Kouame wasn't called for a foul, insisting that he was just battling for position and that the nudge was 'unintentional'. 

"That wasn't intentional. People can get mad 'cause yeah, but it wasn't intentional. I wanted to go up but he was in my way. I didn't know what really happened," the Ivorian rookie said.

Kouame was quick to apologize, however for the controversial incident. "I'm really sorry about that. It's the game of basketball, anything can happen. I'm really sorry about that if that offended people." 

Juan GDL and the UP Fighting Maroons have a chance to stay alive this Wednesday in Game 2 at The Big Dome where they try to force a do-or-die against the Blue Eagles.

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