BOCAUE – Meralco coach Norman Black granted a short, yet loaded interview that summed up his thoughts on Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Friday after Meralco fell short not just in the game, 101-96, but also in their bid for payback in their finals rematch.
While not taking anything away from the Gin Kings, Black lamented how the game was “governed” that factored in their loss.
“First of all, congratulations to Ginebra and coach Tim. Other than that, I don't really have any comments,” Black said. “I wasn't very happy with the way the game was governed tonight and I don't wanna give the commissioner any money.”
“I'd just leave it at that, okay? Thank you,” he added before excusing himself.
In lieu of Black, reporters turned to Bolts deputy Luigi Trillo, who lamented some calls that didn’t go their way.
“Obviously, there were calls that were tough down the stretch,” Trillo said. “They called certain backings, we thought there was a backing, but Ginebra played well at the start. It's hard to play a knockout game chasing from behind. They had a lot of energy to start the game. LA and Justin hit shots that were mano-mano.”
“It is what it is. Hats off to them,” he added.
Still, Trillo noted his shorthanded team’s resilience.
“What I'm proud about this team is that we were without Ranidel, we were without Kelly Nabong, we were still right there,” Trillo said. “The momentum came too late, but it is what it is. Sometimes you get the breaks, you get a backing call over here, maybe a touch foul here but you have to play on.”