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    PBA trims ref pool to no more than 10 for finals to ensure well-officiated series

    Dec 4, 2018
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    PBA commissioner Willie Marcial assured a well-officiated Governors’ Cup finals series between Alaska and Magnolia.

    Marcial said the pool of referees for the final series will be the best of the best as it has been trimmed down to at least eight.

    “Galing kaming 18, napunta sa 15, to 12. Baka 10 or 8 na lang ang gamitin natin sa semifinals. ‘Yan ‘yung piling pili na,” said Marcial.

    Game One of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals will finally be played on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena following a two-week break to give way to the fifth window of the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers.

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      Alaska sealed a place in the finals after beating Meralco, 99-92, last November 17, while Magnolia clinched a berth in the championship round a day earlier after beating two-time reigning champion Barangay Ginebra, 112-108.

      Marcial commended the officiating crew during the semifinal round where only a few mistakes were made by the referees.

      “This semis, maganda ang takbuhan ng mga referees. May one or two lang na mali. Ang referees, nagkakamali rin,” said Marcial.

      Marcial assured the league will try its very best to sustain the level of officiating during the semifinals.

      “Kung may problema sila sa referees, sabihin lang nila sa akin,” Marcial said.

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