CAFEFRANCE and Racal are looking to adjust to the calls after a strange PBA D-League Founders Cup match that saw the two sides being slapped with a combined 84 fouls.
A total of six players — three from each side — fouled out in CafeFrance’s 83-79 match against Racal. One player from each team finished the game with five fouls, while three from both teams had four fouls.
In all, 42 fouls were called on each team as Carl Bryan Cruz, Rodrigue Ebondo, and Mike Parala fouled out for CafeFrance while Philip Paniamogan, Jamil Gabawan, and Dexter Maiquez got their disqualifying sixth fouls for Racal.
But instead of complaining, CafeFrance coach Egay Macaraya and his counterpart at Racal, Caloy Garcia, simply promised to make the adjustments.
Macaraya said the referees were 'consistent' with their calls.
“Kailangan talaga naming mag-adjust sa tawag. Naging consistent naman sila sa tawag ng mga referees,” said Macaraya, his words echoed by Garcia.
“Siguro, we will adjust doon sa tawagan, Kailangan lang mag-adjust,” said the Racal coach.
Macaraya admitted the players hesitated on the floor due to the numerous whistles.
“Ang nakikita ko lang na disadvantage kasi, hindi na gumagalaw ‘yung mga bata kasi sobra ‘yung fouls kaya kailangan talaga naming mag-adjust,” said Macaraya.
The loss dropped Racal's record to 1-1 but Garcia said he is not blaming the calls for the defeat, pointing out that the players should learn to play through the calls.
“Hindi kami nakapag-adjust. Iba kasi ‘yung first game at second game. We just have to adjust to how the calls were being made during the game,” said Garcia.