A FRUSTRATED Norman Black appealed to the referees and to the pro league to “call the game fair on both sides” in the aftermath of Talk ‘N Text’s 99-104 defeat at the hands of Alaska in Game Four on Friday night.
“First comment would be that, they’ve (Aces) been posturing for the referees to give them the calls tonight, well they got the calls tonight,” said a dejected Black after coming out of the Talk ‘N Text dugout inside the MOA Arena.
“I just don’t understand what’s going on with the referees, to be quite honest with you. All we’re asking is they just call the same way on both sides and that did not happen tonight as far as we’re concerned,” he added.
A total of 33 fouls were slapped on the Tropang Texers in Game Four, with big man Ranidel de Ocampo picking up his sixth personal after being called for an offensive foul on Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva at the 1:48 mark of the game.
“I think it’s just a useless exercise (to keep complaining on the referees) to be quite honest with you," said the former best import after the loss that sent their Philippine Cup best-of-seven series back to square one going to Game Five on Sunday.
"I just couldn’t understand some of the calls down the stretch. They called a charging on us on one end but on the other end, they (Aces) committed a charging foul on Calvin Abueva but they just let it go,” added Black.
Alaska was slapped 26 fouls, seven less than Talk ‘N Text, and was sent to the free throw line 36 times, converting 28. The Tropang Texters had 27 attempts, making 24.
Black said the inconsistencies on officiating in the series has left him more confused.
“I don’t understand what they (referees) want from us. I’m confused as far as how they call it,” he said.