THE PBA Commissioner’s Office is set to hear the side of the four referees who officiated the highly-emotional knockout game between Globalport and Ginebra on Sunday night for a spot in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
In a statement, the office of commissioner Chito Naravasa said the four officials, namely Romell Gruta, Mardy Montoya, Bing Oliva, and Edward Aquino, will be called on Tuesday to explain the circumstances that led to the controversial ending to the Batang Pier's thrilling 84-83 overtime win over the Kings.
“Regarding the officiating, and to be fair, we have scheduled a hearing for the four referees tomorrow (the 29th of December) to determine their performance,” said the statement that came out on the league’s official Twitter account @pbaconnect.
“After that, we shall come out with our official action on them.”
The tightly-fought game that saw the score tied 13 times ended in controversial manner after Ginebra protested the referees’ failure to call a five-second violation on Globalport’s Stanley Pringle in the final play of the match.
The possession came with eight seconds left and the Kings trailing by a point.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone was so upset with the non-call he stormed inside the court after the game, and later proceeded to the officials’ table pleading his case to no avail.
The Batang Pier now advance to the semis in a best-of-seven series against top seed Alaska.
“As far as the PBA is concerned, the game has already been concluded unless we receive any protest from Brgy Ginbera before 12 noon today (Monday),” added the statement.