GINEBRA coach Tim Cone admitted he thought Japeth Aguilar committed a goaltending violation when he blocked Dior Lowhorn's shot in a crucial play late in the Gin Kings’ 101-87 win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday night.
With the E-Painters down by 11 points with over three minutes left, Lowhorn drew a shooting foul on Justin Brownlee and his shot was swatted away by Aguilar when it appears to be on its way down.
The referees decided against calling a goal-tending violation.
“I think it’s not a reviewable call so it’s really got to be the three guys (referees) on the floor (to see it),” Cone said. “And it was kind of a tough angle because the shot was thrown straight up.
“(But) I thought it was goaltending when I saw it,” the Gin Kings coach admitted. “But I was on the other side of the floor, so it’s one of those calls.”
RoS coach Yeng Guiao complained about the issue in the next deadball situation and got ejected for it after picking up a second technical foul.
Lowhorn made his charities that trimmed the lead to just nine points, 89-80, but could’ve cut if further had his shot been counted. Instead, the Gin Kings went on a run to seal the deal.
“Could it have changed the game? Maybe, you never know,” Cone admitted. “Rain or Shine’s that kind of team. You have a seven, eight-point lead with a minute to go, still they’re the kind of team that can come back.”
“Ginebra, with me, has had some tough calls in the playoffs that have changed game in the end of games,” he added. “You just live with it and move on. That’ll go against them tonight and then maybe next game they’ll have something going with them.
"That’s the way referees are. You can cry about it all you want, but it ain’t going to change, so you move on.”