TALK `N Text officials plan to seek a clarification of the rules on officiating from the PBA Commissioner’s Office in light of the physical plays that marred Game Three of its Philippine Cup semifinals showdown against Alaska on Wednesday night.
Coach Norman Black and team manager Aboy Castro both plan to visit Commissioner Chito Salud at the league office in Libis prior to the team’s scheduled 1 p.m. practice on Thursday at the Moro Lorenzo gym.
Black and Castro are alarmed at the way officials handled the game which saw the ejection of Alaska players Calvin Abueva and Cyrus Baguio and the injury suffered by Talk `N Text gunner Jayson Castro.
Castro had to leave the game prematurely after being at the receiving end of two separate blows courtesy of both Abueva and Baguio.
The heady Talk `N Text point guard was brought to the Makati Medical Center for a CT scan shortly after the match.
“Sabi ni Jayson kanina, parang na-black out daw siya eh. Nahihilo pa siya. Kanina pa siya nakaupo dun sa dugout,” Castro related to Spin.ph.
Black, on the other hand, said even though the best-of-seven semis has become far more physical than it was during the eliminations, he said he’s been telling his players, particularly big man Aron Aban, to play tough but not dirty.
“I remember the foul of Aron versus Calvin Abueva. I told him straight, I want us to play tough and play physical, but we’re not out to hurt anybody,” said Black.
“But what happened tonight is just taking a player out. I don’t know anybody who can justify that,” he added.
Castro was first floored by a wayward Abueva elbow as the Alaska rookie was going for a rebound shortly after the Talk `N Text guard went strong for a basket.
The 6-foot-1 Abueva was slapped with a technical foul, adding to an earlier flagrant foul penalty 1 he committed for tripping Talk ‘N Text forward Harvey Carey during a dead ball situation.
Abueva was automatically tossed out of the game as per PBA rules, a player who incurs a technical foul and flagrant foul penalty 1 will be ejected outright.
Castro, who went down after getting hit on the neck, managed to pick himself up and sank the penalty shot, giving the Tropang Texters an 83-68 advantage at the 6:45 mark.
Less than minute later, Castro was on the floor again after being tagged hard by a Baguio forearm as he was going for a fastbreak basket.
Castro stayed on the floor for about a minute as he tried to hold on to his face.
The former PCU star managed to split his free throws afterwards, before being pulled out of the game and escorted to the team dugout.
He finished the game with six points.