Franz Pumaren on officiating in game vs La Salle: 'Malakas na nga sila, tapos ... di ba?
Adamson coach Franz Pumaren fumes over the referees' calls. Marlo Cueto

ADAMSON coach Franz Pumaren was the picture of a frustrated man at the end of the Final Four game against La Salle on Saturday.

The former PBA guard was all over the referees late in the game and didn't let up at the end of a game which the Green Archers won, 82-75, shouting 'worst officiating' at the referees on his way to the Falcons' locker room.

He was obviously biting his tongue during the post-game interview but still let out a mouthful against the officials after a game that saw Adamson called for more fouls, 33-12, and awarded just five free throws to the Green Archers' 39.

"They are lucky. During my time, I didn't get that kind of call," said Pumaren, who led La Salle to five UAAP championships during his time in charge at the Taft campus.

Pumaren even claimed friends from La Salle were similarly aghast over the way the game was called.

"I don't want to sound sour-graping but I guess, all of the basketball fans saw the game. In fact, me coming from La Salle, even my friends from La Salle, friends that I've not been in touch with for the longest time, parang they can't even celebrate the victory," said Pumaren.

Pumaren said he feels for his players who he said worked so hard to build a 15-point lead only to lose it in the end in the face of a searing rally by the reigning champions.

"I pity my players. They worked so hard for this. But I guess, you saw the game. I don't have to elaborate it," said Pumaren. "Malakas na nga sila tapos... di ba?"

"Anyway, no use in discussing it. I want to say a lot of thin,gs because here, no fine eh. I just want to be saying na kami lang natalo because of... it shows."

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