HWASEONG, Korea — National coach Chot Reyes on Monday criticized the officiating as well as the Asian Games schedule after a loss to China dropped Gilas Pilipinas to the lowest finish by a Philippine basketball team in the quadrennial event.
Reyes was already critical of the Asiad schedule before the tournament upon learning of an early collision with Asian champion Iran and raised the issue again following a 71-78 loss to China in Gilas' fifth game in as many days.
“Terrible. I hate the schedule,” Reyes told the press manager of the Hwaseong Sports Complex during the post-game press conference.
Gilas Pilipinas will finally have a break on Tuesday before playing Mongolia on Wednesday in the battle for seventh place, which is worse than the previous low of sixth achieved twice before by Philippine teams.
Reyes also rued the officiating in the tournament as he singled out Kuwaiti Mohammad Alamiri, who he said also officiated in Gilas Pilipinas’ losses to Croatia and Greece in the Fiba World Cup in Spain.
“We are 0-6 with him,” Reyes said. “He was the guy when we played Croatia, when there was a foul on Jeff Chan that he didn’t call. When we were down by three points, Croatia was fouling us already, he was not calling a foul.
“In the Greece game, and all the games he refereed, we lost. That’s the Kuwaiti guy,” Reyes said.
Reyes rued the Kuwaiti referee called a questionable foul on Gilas when it was making a run against China. He also cited the free throw attempt discrepancy which went in favor of the Chinese, 30-18.
“When LA hit that three-pointer to cut the lead to four, after that, again there was a very questionable foul. We were down, we missed a layup, they called a foul which I think was not a foul. That’s the ballgame,” said Reyes.
Reyes also questioned the "odd" rotation of referees in Gilas games which he said were always called by officials from Iran, Korea, and China.
“Each game that we play, when it was Korea, the referee was from Iran and China. When we played China, the referees were Korea and Iran. When we play Iran, it’s China, Korea, and the Kuwait guy.
“I don’t know if its by design. I find it very odd to have that kind of referees when there are other referees,” said Reyes.