Chito Victolero says officiating a factor in Game Four, but rues failing to control emotion
Star coach Chito Victolero complains about a non-call in Game Four. Jerome Ascano

THERE may be some lapses in officiating but Chito Victolero owned up for Star losing for the second straight game in its PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Barangay Ginebra.

Victolero was a humble a man in the aftermath of the Hotshots’ 93-86 loss to the Kings in Game Four of the best-of-seven series Wednesday night, admitting emotions got the better of him during the course of the match the Kings were able to control majority of the way.

The next time, the Star mentor said he should be more in control about his feelings especially during the heat of the moment like the one he had when he confronted the referee on what he felt was a travelling violation that the referees failed to call on Ginebra big man Dave Marcelo.

The non-call paved the way for Kevin Ferrer to score and give the Kings a 69-62 lead early in the final quarter.

“Yung emotions ko lang that time, mataas lang,” he said of the moment where he was seen repeatedly signaling a traveling violation call to game officials.

“Siguro lang kailangan naming mag-adjust dun sa emotions namin. It’s about composure.”

Victolero questioned the non-call by crossing the hash line. He was whistled for a technical foul, but LA Tenorio missed on the bonus free throw.

“It’s up to them (league officials), bahala na sila,” said Victolero, a former PBA player of Mapua. “Kayo naman nakakakita, so bahala na rin kayo kung ano masasabi ninyo sa game.”

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Although the Hotshots still managed to keep the game close, it was obvious they failed to keep their focus solely on the game.

And Victolero acknowledged it was him who started it all.

“Yes I did, kasalanan ko yun. Sinabi ko sa mga players ko sa akin nag-start so kasalanan ko, and this game kaya natalo kami dahil sa akin,” he admitted.

“I think I learned a lot on this game I need to adjust, I need to focus on the game.”

Overall, Star was whistled for a total of 36 fouls compared to the 18 of Ginebra. Guard Marc Barroca went out of the game early in the fourth period after committing his sixth and final foul, while Paul Lee and three others finished with four fouls or more at the end.

The Kings also had 33 free throw attempts while the Hotshots only had 10.


Victolero however, still credited the Kings for playing better and tying the series at two-games apiece.

“Credit also to Ginebra. Maganda naman talaga yung nilaro nila,” he said. “May factor lang ng konti yun (officiating), but they (Kings) really adjust well doon sa mga ginagawa nila sa amin.”

Game Five is set on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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