BARANGAY Ginebra is moving on.
No one among team officials showed up Monday noon at the PBA Commissioner’s Office to file a formal protest on the Kings’ loss against the Globalport Batang Pier, making moot and academic the outcome of their sudden-death game Sunday in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.
The league has given Ginebra at least more than 12 hours to formalize its complaint about the non-call by the referees on Stanley Pringle in the waning seconds of the match and the result dramatically hanging in the balance.
“It was a gentleman’s act on Ginebra’s part,” said league media bureau chief Willie Marcial, who was on a standby should the Kings make a protest or not.
“The spirit of sportsmanship prevailed upon them. Ganyan lang naman 'yan. Pag sa game patayan ang mga teams, pero pag tapos, lahat naman yan sports, e.”
The Kings, most especially coach Tim Cone, protested that Pringle should have been whistled for a five-second violation as he held on to the ball too long after being double-teamed by Sol Mercado and Greg Slaughter.
But game officials saw it otherwise, allowing the Batang Pier to escape with an 84-83 overtime win and a first ever trip to the semifinals.
Talks about a possible Ginebra protest came about moments after the game, with Cone signing the scoresheet, indicating the Kings may or may put the result of the game in question.
It didn’t come.
Ginebra has to put into letter its complaint and need to come out with a bond of at least P20,000 should it decides to protest the result of the game.