BIG Chill coach Robert Sison rued on Monday that officiating in the PBA D-League is getting ‘wilder and wilder’ as he explained the reason for the team's ‘partial walkout’ in their Foundation Cup match against Blackwater Sports at the JCSGO gym.
Sison said issues about officiating in the developmental league should be addressed, especially after what he claimed were several glaring ‘bum calls’ and ‘non-calls’ that went against Big Chill during the team's 93-75 loss to Blackwater Sports.
They Said It!
“I could not take the officiating." Big Chill coach Robert Sison
“This league is getting crazier and getting wild - wilder and wilder,” Sison told mediamen after the game.
Big Chill's partial walkout was similar to the one staged by Rain or Shine and coach Yeng Guiao in Game Six of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, but Sison made it clear that he was not trying to emulate Guiao as he only wanted to drive home a point.
“It’s not in my nature to do that. Hindi ako nag-aala-Yeng Guiao. I’m not trying to do that because my ginagaya ako. But I agree with him,” Sison said.
“I talked to our team owner and sabi niya, kung ganyan ang magiging tawagan, we have no choice but to do our part,” he added.
Big Chill staged a walkout at the 2:50 mark of the second quarter after a questionable foul was called on Rodney Brondial with Blackwater Sports ahead, 46-25.
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“I could not take the officiating eh,” said Sison, when asked by mediamen what prompted the ‘partial walkout.'
Sison explained that referees were allowing excessive contact to Blackwater Sports in defending his players in the first half.
“‘Yung mga players ko, hinahawakan na, nagsu-switch kasi sila so nagkakaroon ng mismatch. Hindi kami magkaroon ng advantage dahil hinahawakan ng mga small guys ‘yung big guys.”
But what prompted Sison to blow his top was when he was slapped with a technical foul for crossing the hashmark in the sideliens without being given a warning.
“There are teams na tatawid doon (sa hashmark), nang-aamba sa player, hindi tinatawagan ng technical," said Sison, without mentioning names. "Samantalang ako, I was just coaching there, tinawagan ako ng technical."
Sison said the quality of the referees’ calls improved after Big Chill staged that ‘partial walkout’ but by then, he said it was too late for the Superchargers to turn the game around.
“Tingnan mo, nabago ‘yung tawagan nung second half. Kung ganun ‘yung tawagan, eh di sana dikit ‘yung laro. E nabago na ‘yung tawagan, tambak na kami, paano na kami makaka-recover,” said Sison.
The Big Chill head coach said he is ready to face the consequences of his action but appealed to the league to address officiating issues.
“I’ll be fined or kung ano man sabihin ni Commissioner (Chito Salud), I’ll take it. But we can’t take this sitting down," he said. “Kahit sa PBA eh, madami na (nagrereklamo), Tim Cone, Norman Black, Yeng Guiao. These are veteran coaches na pumapalag sa tawagan.
“Magkaroon sana tayo ng clear-cut ruling sa tawagan. Pero wala eh. Hindi nila ma-explain ng tama,” he added.