BARAKO Bull coach Bong Ramos said team officials will seek an audience with PBA commissioner Chito Salud for what he deemed as the "worst officiating" he has seen in his coaching career during their game against San Mig on Tuesday night.
Armed with the stats sheets, Ramos was left to rue how the referees awarded 29 free throws to San Mig in the fourth quarter alone while Barako Bull got only 17 free throws the entire game.
“Kita mo naman yun. Paano kaming mananalo? Eh sa kabuuan 17 lang ang freethrows na ibinigay sa amin,” a fuming Ramos said, moments after the Energy dropped an 88-90 loss to the Mixers.
They Said It!
“Ako, hindi ko ugali yung gamitin ang officiating para pagtakpan yung talo ko. Pero kung napanood ninyo yung game … panuorin niyo ulit … makikita niyo sinasabi ko." - Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos
“Lamang kami nung third quarter, nailapit yung laro. Isipin niyo sa fourth quarter 20 freethrows ang naipasok ng San Mig. Naka 32 points sila in all.... E di ibig sabihin anim na field goal lang sila roon,” he added.
Ramos, who has had coaching stints in Indonesia and Brunei in his career, declared that they will now collate video highlights of the game to prove their point when they meet with the commissioner.
“Ako, hindi ko ugali yung gamitin ang officiating para pagtakpan yung talo ko. Pero kung napanood ninyo yung game … panuorin niyo ulit … makikita niyo sinasabi ko,” said the usually mild-mannered mentor.
In all, San Mig made 29 out of 44 free-throw attempts while Barako made 14 of their total 17 charities.
“Ang layo ng discrepancy… Hindi na ba kami marunong dumepensa? Kaunting dikit at bangga, foul!? Hindi talaga kami mananalo,” added the former Mapua Cardinal star guard.
The Energy led by as much as 10 points, 73-63, with still eight minutes left in the ballgame and Ramos insisted San Mig could not have gotten close if not for the constant fouls whistled against his players.
“We will review the tape, then pupunta kami agad kay commissioner to tell him about this," Ramos said. "Alam namin hindi na mababago pa ang outcome ng game … gusto lang namin humingi ng clarification and of course, mapaganda pa ang tawagan.
“At sana magkaroon ng suspension. May dapat masuspindi run,” he added.
Meanwhile, San Mig guard Mark Barroca defended the number of fouls they were given, saying Barako players played very physical on them.
“Eh masyado naman kasi silang pisikal. Pagka nga sumasalaksak kami, talagang hard foul agad ibinibigay nila Denok (Miranda),” said Barroca, who bowed out of the game due to six personal fouls.