PBA Commissioner Chito Salud admitted action in Game One of the PBA Governors Cup Finals between B-Meg and Rain or Shine was physical, but stressed the contacts allowed and disallowed by game officials were "within the parameters set by the league."
Salud sat down with his technical committee to review the game tape on Monday afternoon and came away convinced that neither team, specifically Rain or Shine, didn’t cross the line as far as the accepted norm of physicality in the league is concerned.
“Everything was clearly within the allowable limits of physical play,” said the commissioner. “Obviously, there were clear fouls and violations that were not properly detected, but the level of physical contact that has been allowed and disallowed remains within the parameters set by the league.”
In his post-game interview in the aftermath of B-Meg’s 80-91 loss, coach Tim Cone vented his frustration and slammed the way the Elasto Painters hammered the Llamados.
“The physicality was great out there and our guys were getting frustrated,” said Cone.”One of our guys was hit in the testicles with an elbow on purpose. Some of those stuff were going on out there.”
Cone was so exasperated that he threw a monobloc chair into center court of the Araneta Coliseum with eight minutes left in the game, a defiant act that led to his ejection on flagrant misconduct. The Llamados were trailing, 64-75, when their coach was tossed out.
“The referees have to help us out in terms of controlling the game,” he said later.
But Salud said he doesn’t see any need to adjust the way calls should be made for the duration of the best-of-seven title series,
“No change at all,” he said. “The failure of one team to adjust to the aggressiveness and enthusiasm of its opponent does not necessarily equate to a change in the physicality permitted by the rules. No, there have been no changes.”
Cone has been invited by Salud to appear at the PBA office on Tuesday to clear things out. The B-Meg coach is also expected to present his case to the commissioner through splices of videos which he promised to bring along.
“We have to, we just can’t complain and not do anything about it,” said Cone.
The fine of P2,400 for the flagrant misconduct Cone committed will also be served out during the meeting. Additional fine could also be made on the discretion of the Commissioner's Office.
“If he shows up, then we’ll serve the fine. Pero hindi naman ito pera-pera lang. It’s more of a clarification meeting,” said the commissioner.