RAIN or Shine coach Caloy Garcia refused to dwell on what he felt were contentions calls that went against Rain or Shine in its 103-96 loss to San Miguel Beer in their PBA Governors’ Cup matchup on Wednesday night.
“Well kayo naman, nakikita niyo naman yun,” Garcia said. “You know sometimes you don't really get the breaks of the game, sa akin lang naman, it's part of the game, we win games, we just have to find ways.”
There was one call, though, that Garcia is reluctant to let go of: Chris Ross warding off ROS import J’Nathan Bullock to make space for him scoring on a hook shot that gave the Beermen a 101-92 lead with a little over a minute left.
“It was clearly a hook right in front of the referee...It should have been an offensive foul,” Garcia said. “I don't know why it wasn't called an offensive foul.”
“For me, it's just like you have the effort of your players playing hard then you see them working hard on defense then they just won't call it,” he added. “Di naman pwedeng excuse na ‘di mo naman nakikita dahil one-on-one lang naman yun.”
Gabe Norwood also questioned an offensive interference violation he committed when he tipped in James Yap’s three-point shot that appeared to be on its way out of the cylinder already. The E-Painters would’ve pulled within 90-83 had Norwood’s putback counted.
“I’m still confused,” the Gilas Pilipinas glue guy said. “I was gone two weeks, so I don’t know if things were changed. I thought I tipped the ball in initially with my off hand, my left hand. I did touch the rim with my right hand, but I don’t know; things happened quickly.”
“At the end of the day, the ref made the call that felt like was right and you got to live with it,” he added. “We still could’ve been in a position to win the game even without those two points. I just feel bad that I took three points away from James. It probably would’ve went in by itself.”
Garcia, though, is not taking anything away from the Beermen, who kept the E-Painters at bay despite playing with an all-Filipino lineup in the payoff period.
“I think we were too confident that the import of San Miguel wasn't providing enough for them kaya I felt the players were just too relaxed in the first half,” Garcia said. “So when they woke up in the second half, they played better."
“But San Miguel is San Miguel,” he added. “They're a champion team and they played a lot better, their locals really stepped up.”