Norman Black livid over non-call on Sol Mercado: 'It was an obvious travel'
Furious over a non-call late in Game Five, Meralco coach Norman Black motions a traveling violation as Ginebra guard Sol Mercado walks by. Jaime Campos

MERALCO coach Norman Black can’t believe the game official told him point blank that Barangay Ginebra point guard Sol Mercado didn’t commit a traveling violation in the waning seconds of the Bolts’ 92-81 loss to the Kings in Game Five of the PBA Governors Cup finals.

“Well, it was an obvious travel until the referee came to me and told me it wasn’t,” Black, sounding calm but obviously fuming inside, said in his post-game interview Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“That’s exactly what he said to me, that it wasn’t a travel.”

Television replays clearly showed the stocky Ginebra guard got away with a traveling infraction. The play later resulted in a crucial three-pointer by rookie Scottie Thompson that made it 90-81 in the final 38 seconds.

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Black admitted losing his cool upon hearing there was nothing illegal on Mercado’s move.

“I just went ballistic because I don’t understand how two people can see the same play and see totally different,” said the 58-year-old mentor. ”I’m not sure how you guys saw it? But it appeared to be a travel to me.

“But you know, the referees are the police of the game and they have the last say. So there’s not too much I can do about it.”

Black said he intends to review the particular play with his coaching staff, and if game officials did commit a glaring non-call, the Meralco coach will make sure the league be notified about it.

“I intend to go watch the game and make sure that what I saw in the big screen was correct,” added Black. “And then we’ll just take it from there.” 

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