Veteran enforcer Billy Mamaril believes the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series between GlobalPort and Alaska has hardly been physical, saying much of it was acting or flopping.
“For me, it wasn’t physical at all,” Mamaril, who joined GlobalPort from Ginebra, said. “It’s acting … Sometimes, players are just goading the referees to make the call eh.”
Game Two of the best-of-seven series, which Alaska won, 100-76, on Wednesday night, was marred by a commotion that resulted in 13 technical fouls on players, coaches, and officials from both sides, just three short of the record in one game set almost two decades ago.
But Mamaril is urging the referees to let go of some calls.
“Some of the stuff, siguro wag na lang pansinin, kasi it’s not really physical,” the battle-scarred Batang Pier bruiser said. “It was more physical before.”
Mamaril believes the technical foul count reached that many owing to the referees’ conscious effort to control the game under the new officiating policy laid down by Commissioner Chito Narvasa.
“I think it’s the new rules. They just don’t want anything drastic to happen.”
And it seemed the physicality benefited the Aces.
“They played more aggressive than us,” said Mamaril, who tallied four boards, two points, and one block in 19 minutes. “They went after our guards. They made their adjustments, so it’s time for us to adjust.”