GABE Norwood was called for a rare technical foul in Monday’s Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals for 'disrespectfully addressing a game official.'
With 2:06 left in the second period, the usually mild-mannered Rain or Shine star complained to the referees that he was fouled after he was stripped by Magnolia guard Paul Lee while going for a layup.
After the game, Norwood said he accepts the technical foul called against him, saying he deserved one for his action.
“Emotions got the best of me,” Norwood said. “I felt the call was incorrect in my book, but I’m not the ref. I got a tech as I deserved and move on from there.”
Game Four saw Rain or Shine players visibly upset with the calls, with head coach Caloy Garcia even getting tossed for two technical fouls. The Elastopainters fell behind by 21, but made a spirited comeback in the fourth that fell short.
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay said the Elasto Painters played better when they stopped complaining as much about the referees' calls in the final quarter.
“We played better. We don’t have to make calls. At the end of the day, you get frustrated. Our whole team was. But we can’t let it get best of us. I think the fourth quarter, we played better. Control what you can control and go from there,” Norwood said.
The 11-year veteran, who finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and three steals in the game, is proud of the comeback which he said bodes well for Rain or Shine heading to Game Five on Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
“To come out and start the fourth down 16, to compete the way we did and to continue to believe in one another, that’s a sign of a team trusting one another and doing great things. Hopefully, we can get our rest, regroup, and we will be ready,” said Norwood.