OFFICIATING again didn’t escape the prying eyes of Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, who was puzzled by the one too many fouls called against the Aces in the second half of their 70-65 loss to San Mig in Game Two of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series on Wednesday night.
“I’m curious that both teams were holding and grabbing, but why did they (Mixers) have 35 free throws as compared to our 10 (attempts)? Maybe we did something wrong. That bothers me from a coaching standpoint,” a disappointed Trillo noted after the game at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
San Mig finished the game by going 25-of-35 from the free throw line, compared to Alaska’s paltry 6-of-10 shooting from the same spot.
The Mixers went 20-of-26 from the foul line in the second half, which somehow gave them the much-needed momentum to stage a strong comeback after being down by as many as 12 points.
Behind their physical and rugged fourth quarter effort, the Mixers pulled off a decisive 16-0 blast to win the match and level the short best-of-three series at 1-1.
Asked what it will take for the Aces to regain momentum and close out the series, Trillo pointed to a fair officiating as the key.
“That the refs call it evenly. Calvin’s (Abueva) getting cheap calls called against him, while Rob Dozier is being held by Ping (Marc Pingris) too much,” explained Trillo.