ALASKA coach Luigi Trillo carefully picked his words as he rued the 44 free throws awarded Barangay Ginebra in the Aces' 89-96 loss on Saturday night.
“I must be careful with my words because I might get P30,000 in fines,” Trillo said, alluding to the penalty slapped on Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos for his rant against the referees just a couple of nights earlier.
The Alaska coach, however, couldn't help but be frustrated over the disparity in the free throws (44 for Ginebra, 22 for Alaska) and fouls (32 for Alaska, 18 for Ginebra) given to the two teams during the thrilling match.
More than the 30 free throws Ginebra made in the game, Trillo pointed out that the frustration over the calls and non-calls eventually took his Alaska Aces out of the flow.
“I want to be careful with this, I mean, there’s so much to say but I’d rather keep it to myself. It’s not just me complaining but again, no comment siguro, you see the free throws,” said the youthful Alaska mentor.
“The hard thing when you’re in a game like this, is when the calls mount and when you don’t think it’s in your favor and you deflate,” he said.
“I think that’s what happened to us. Guys were down, the players were down. I told them to focus on the game from Sonny Thoss to Calvin Abueva to Gabby to Cy (Baguio). It’s tough, but what can you do?”
Despite dropping to 3-6, Trillo is confident that Aces are bound for the playoffs as long as they take care of business in the final five games left in their schedule.
“We’re gonna make the playoffs. So it’s about making the players ready. We just have to be consistent throughout," he said. "Even with some borderline calls, we need to be extra, extra careful with the ball.”