Pinatay kami ng ganun-ganon lang -- Laoag coach Nes Pamilar
Mark Escarlote on Jun 15, 2016 08:12 PM
Oo (sign of protest) para makita nila na ano ‘yun, ang game hindi dapat ang referee ang nagko-control, show ng mga players ‘yan hindi show ng referees ‘yan -- Laoag coach Nes Pamilar
Laoag coach Nes Pamilar came out of the Power Smashers’ dugout calm - far from his fuming mad reaction at the end of the second set.
The Power Smashers mentor’s mood changed as he was vocal about the disappointment with the match’s officiating when asked by reporters about the reason why he pulled out his starters in the third set that hastened the fall of Laoag Wednesday against BaliPure, 26-28, 23-25, 17-25, in the 13th V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
“Oo (sign of protest) para makita nila na ano ‘yun, ang game hindi dapat ang referee ang nagko-control, show ng mga players ‘yan hindi show ng referees ‘yan,” he said in an angry tone. “Kasi ang nagyari show na ng referees, tinapos na nila ang laro.”
The close match took a rather controversial turn as Pamilar fielded his bench players in the third set as a sign of protest in a contested judgement call of game officials in the second set’s windup.
Pamilar was fuming mad with the referees after a point that was first awarded to his team, which in that play was trailing, 23-24, was overturned. Officials discussed the call and later gave the point to the Water Defenders.
Replay of the play showed that Laoag hitter Jovielyn Prado’s hit touched the antenna. Officials called it as an off the block hit but BaliPure players protested the call on first referee Bob Malenab.
Pamilar after the set pulled out all his starters and kept them on the bench as BaliPure dominated the set and pulled Laoag down to 2-3 win-loss record.
“Unang una kasi, natalo kami ng ganun-ganon lang, ‘di ba? In-award ‘yung puntos sa kalaban, ‘yung procedure mali eh. So, asan? Hindi mo nakita, walang complain ng kalaban so in-award tiningnan ang line judge, wala siyang nakita. Nag-decide. Ipinuntos (sa amin) tapos noong dumating ang isang line judge binago ang desisyon,” Pamilar ranted.
“So bakit ganoon ang nagyari? In-award mo na sa Laoag team tapos babawiin mo. Para sana naging fair, dineadball, pero hindi eh, in-award eh. Pinatay kami ng ganun-ganon lang. Kita mo naman sa first set talagang nilaban namin kasi magtu-24-all ‘yun eh. Sino naman ang matutuwa sa ganoon?” he added. “Unang una, second set pa lang, kahit tanungin niyo ‘yung players ng Bali Pure, marami na silang wrong position hindi tinatawagan kahit sila na nga nagtutulakan ng ganoon para maituwid ‘yung posisyon nila.”
“Kaya nga pagdating ng third set, niloloko tayo eh. Di bakit pa kami magpapakahirap? Magalit na ang magagalit, pero hindi na tama ang ginagawa sa amin,” Pamilar continued. “Sinasabihan na namin ang second referee, ‘wrong position, wrong position’ eh paano niya makikita pagka-serve nakatingin na siya kaagad sa receiving.”
Pamilar said he knows that a filing a protest is not an option because it was a judgement call but he called for fair officiating so it won’t taint a good game.
“Wala, wala (kaming balak i-protest), judgement call ‘yan eh. Wala ka ng magagawa pero sana tama ang procedure. Wala na tayo magagawa tapos na ‘yan eh,” he said. “Kaso para naman kaming niloloko. ‘di ba? Ang hirap eh, nagpapakahirap ang mga players eh, nagtatrabaho kami ng maayos, ginagawa namin ang lahat para mabigyan ng magandang laro ang mga manonood pero anong ginagawa, papatayin ka lang ng ganoon.”
At the end of the match, when Pamilar’s emotion subsided, he apologized with his team for his actions but was firm on his stand to make a statement.
“Sabi ko (sa players) ako rin mismo humingi ng despensa sa kanila kung nakita nila akong ganon ang attitude ko pero sabi ko, mali ang ginawa sa atin. So sabi ko next game, tomorrow, magpapractice tayo ulit,” said Pamilar, whose squad’s remaining games in the eliminations are against Baguio and University of the Philippines.
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