ALEX Cabagnot wished game officials were more lenient on their calls toward the endgame of Petron’s 88-92 loss to Barako Bull in their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup game on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“I know their job is hard, pero sana may konting bigayan lang,” Cabagnot said after emerging from the Boosters’ dugout.
The Petron star point guard was specifically referring to the team’s last offensive possession where Chris Lutz buried a right-corner triple that would’ve knotted the count at 91 had he not step out of bounds before receiving the pass from Cabagnot.
“I talked to them (officials) in a polite way, and in my opinion, I thought he (Lutz) was in an established position.”
While maintaining his teammate didn’t commit the violation, Cabagnot thought the officials should have let go of the play, considering Barako Bull’s Denok Miranda appeared to have committed a backcourt violation in the Energy’s previous possession.
No whistle was blown and the Energy eventually held to a 91-88 lead after a JC Intal shot-clock beating dunk off a Miranda assist.
Cabagnot, who finished with 15 points, five assists, and four rebounds, buried three free throws in the previous play to put the Boosters within 88-89 and paved the way for the thrilling finish.