NORTHPORT coach Pido Jarencio didn’t hide his disappointment over a controversial call that marred the Batang Pier's loss to Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Jarencio and the entire team were left fuming with the game tied at 96-all after a three-pointer by Sean Anthony was waived off by the referee who ruled that the NorthPort forward committed an offensive foul on Phoenix's Justin Chua.
Anthony, who had 20 points in the game, fouled out due to the contentious call and Phoenix relied on a pair of free throws by Jason Perkins to turn the game around, 98-96.
NorthPort team governor Erick Arejola confronted the referees after the game.
“Referees don’t decide the game. You don’t call an offensive foul like that,” said a still fuming Jarencio in his post-game interview.
Anthony declined to comment for fear of reprisal from the league.
“It’s a lose-lose situation so I rather not comment on it,” Anthony said. “I trust the PBA office to look into it but I’m gonna reserve my comment. Nothing I can say can change anything and I don’t want to get into trouble.”
While the call was 'disappointing,' Anthony said NorthPort still had chances to win after the horror call, but failed to take advantage.
“Highly disappointing. But put that aside, we had chances to pull away ... We had a chance to get a stop. We had a chance to win the game. Our shots rimmed out. It wasn’t over right after that. It wasn’t the end of the game,” said Anthony.
The PBA has yet to comment on the matter at posting time.