ANTIPOLO – TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela declined to comment much about the officiating, just taking some bad calls in his team’s 119-112 loss to GlobalPort in stride and moving on in their PBA Governors’ Cup campaign.
There were some questionable calls that changed the complexion of the game down the stretch: one was Jayson Castro getting called for an offensive foul against Sean Anthony, who clearly stood inside the no-charge zone.
Castro was also left shaking his head over a non-call after he fell down following what appeared to be a bump by Stanley Pringle from behind in a run for the loose ball.
Another call that didn’t sit well with TNT players was the foul called against a double-teaming TNT defense on Pringle at the same time the GlobalPort guard was calling for a timeout.
while most happened at crunch time, Racela felt there were some questionable calls as early as the first possession of the game where TNT import Glen Rice was called for a double-dribble violation, committing the first of his 11 turnovers.
“Eh tinawagan yung lifting eh, first possession nakita ko na eh,” Racela said. “Kaya duda na ako eh, first possession tumawag ng ganun.”
“Part of the game,” he was quick to add in playing down the situation. “We just have to play above the ano….mahirap. Ayaw ko magsalita.”
Still, Racela refused to take anything away from the Batang Pier, who pounced on the Texters’ point-blank and free-throw misses.
“A lot of missed free throws and ang dami naming point-blank misses,” Racela said. “Because of those mga missed na point-blank, parang naka-counter nila eh, so marami silang atake off that. Parang nagiging four-point swing.”