Petron puts Finals Game 1 loss under protest
Mark Escarlote on Dec 09, 2016 12:20 AM
Meron kaming complaint letter na ipinasa hopefully in God's will magkaroon ng magandang result -- Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos
Petron filed a protest minutes after the Tri-Activ Spikers’ five-set loss in the 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix best-of-three Finals series.
Head coach Shaq delos Santos put the match under protest after losing a controversial video challenge in the fifth set when the defending champion Foton Tornadoes were making a run on their way to stealing the match, 25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 17-25, 9-15, Thursday night at The Arena in San Juan.
The mentor felt the unsuccessful challenge on a block touch on Dindin Santiago-Manabat’s block attempt on Ces Molina’s attack changed the complexion of the game.
Petron was ahead 8-3 when the Tornadoes made a telling 12-1 run to close the match. Replays showed that Santiago-Manabat’s finger slightly flicked backwards but it wasn’t clear if it was due to the ball grazing her finger. The non-call chopped the Tri-Activ Spikers’ lead to 8-7.
“Meron kaming complaint letter na ipinasa hopefully in God's will magkaroon ng magandang result,” said Delos Santos. “Napasa na namin kasi kailangan mabigay na ngayon.”
Delos Santos pointed out that the unsuccessful challenge was the turning point of the match.
“’Yung score dun that time, 8-6, so kung naging favor magiging 9-6 siya. Ang laki ng difference unlike nu’ng 8-7,” he said. “Hindi naman natin masasabi talaga pero syempre para sa amin ang laking ano eh, kasi nagstart doon yung pag-collapse. Nawala ‘yung laro namin at focus so kaya nag-complain din kami talaga sa taas.”
“’Yun ang pinakaimportante sa amin (that play). Tingin ko check ball talaga pero kasi kahit ano namang sabihin naming, na-prove namin check ball siya,” he continued.
The league will decide if the protest will progress.
Game 2 is on Saturday at the PhilSports Arena. If necessary, Game 3 is on December 13 at The Arena.
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