ALLEN Durham's rant against officiating in Game Five of the Meralco-Ginebra finals for PBA Governors Cup title just cost him a hefty fine.
The Commissioner's Office on Tuesday slapped the two-time Best Import awardee with a P30,000 fine for criticizing the way the referees handled the calls late in Sunday night's game between Meralco and Barangay Ginebra.
The Bolts lost the match, 85-74, played before a finals-record crowd of 36,445 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan after getting outplayed by Ginebra in the homestretch.
Durham, however, felt officiating didn't help the Bolts' cause in that critical stretch, telling mediamen, “I think down the stretch officiating was really bad."
“I’m not complaining about the officials... but you can’t call a finals (game) like that.”
The Meralco import was also quoted as saying that he felt it was 'five against eight' when they played the Kings in Game Five.
Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo however, doesn’t see the fine having an effect on officiating.
“I don’t know if that (fine) solves anything,” he said.
But he did give credit where credit is due, acknowledging Ginebra jumped the gun on Meralco and was careful of not committing too many fouls.
“Ginebra came out very aggressive in Game Five and stayed away from foul trouble. We have to find a way to stay aggressive in Game Six and not get into foul trouble,” said Trillo.
He remains confident calls will be consistent on both sides when the two teams duke it out anew on Wednesday at the Philippine Arena.
“All we can hope is for fair and consistent officiating on both sides in Game Six,” the Meralco executive added.