NO protest was filed by Barako Bull over the 'goaltending' controversy that cost the team a win against San Mig Coffee in their PBA Philippine Cup encounter on Sunday night.
Coach Junel Baculi said management decided not to file a formal protest, but the coaches met with Commissioner Chito Salud on Monday afternoon to seek clarification on the league's goaltending rule.
In a text message, Baculi said, “we had a meeting with commissioner Salud. Clarify the rules, but did not file a protest.”
Baculi came along with assistant Jigs Mendoza and team manager Raffy Casyao.
The three Barako officials met with Salud for about an hour and viewed together the final sequence of the controversial play that saw Rafi Reavis tapped out Enrico Villanueva’s potential game-winning basket as the seconds ticked away in the tightly-fought game between the Energy Cola and Mixers at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Reavis touched the ball while it was still clearly above the cylinder, a move which Barako Bull officials said was an obvious goaltending. The Energy Cola lost the game, 91-92.
However, Salud pointed out the league has adopted since the 2006-2007 season the Fiba rule on goaltending, which allows players to touch the ball after the first bounce on the rim.
PBA Media Bureau chief Willie Marcial said he has talked to Talk `N Text assistant team manager Bong Ravena, and Barako Bull power forward Danny Seigle himself, both of whom admitted the play was legal.
A bond of P20,000 will have to be paid by Barako Bull had it decided to put the outcome of the match under protest at least 24 hours after the game. The amount will be returned should the protest is upheld.
Marcial said neither Baculi nor Casyao mentioned any word coming from Barako Bull team owner George Chua
In his post-game interview, Baculi said what course of action the team will take depends on the decision of owner itself.
“If our owner says let bygones be bygones, then we will do that,” he said.