NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez hopes the PBA D-League will review the video of Game One of its semifinal series against Cebuana Lhuillier, claiming the referees were not able to call infractions made by the Gems against the Road Warriors.
Fernandez said the Office of the Commissioner should take a look at the series opener as game officials, according to him, failed to correctly call infractions against the Gems.
“Hopefully, the commissioner of the PBA will look at the tape. It’s not really basketball right now. But I’ll take this win,” said Fernandez following NLEX’s 70-60 victory over Cebuana Lhuillier on Thursday.
“Sometimes, there is a border line between being physical and being rough,” added Fernandez in defending his players.
Fernandez noted Cebuana Lhuillier forward Alvin Padilla should have been ejected outright after committing a physical play on NLEX’s Kirk Long in the second quarter.
“You see what Alvin Padilla did to Kirk Long? He should be thrown out. But they are not calling it. If it’s a flagrant two, you call it,” said a fuming Fernandez.
“It’s not basketball already. No complaints, we got this win. But hopefully, they’ll watch the tape,” he added.
Cebuana Lhuillier coach Boycie Zamar, however, disagreed with Fernandez as he believed the Gems actually got the raw end of the officiating.
At first, Zamar declined to comment about officiating shortly after the game, saying, “We have to play above officiating.”
But when asked about Fernandez’s comments, Zamar made it clear he disagreed.
“Hindi pa ba pabor sa kanila? You have to be the judge. If you are winning, you can say anything,” said Zamar.
The Road Warriors actually had more free throw attempts than the Gems, 41-19. And so asked about the free throw discrepancy, Zamar said, “Maybe the referees could answer that. How the hell did that happen?”
“41-19, ano ‘yan? Tapos sasabihin hindi pa favor sa kanila? I tend to disagree,” he added.
Zamar also pointed to the technical foul called on him during the late stage of the series opener for continuous complaining with the Gems still very much in the game, 59-55, with two minutes left.
“Kapag si Tim Cone or Yeng Guiao ‘yan, puwede magsalita. Eh paano tayo na ordinaryong coach lang, hindi ako puwedeng umangal?”