PETRON coach Gee Abanilla hopes the Boosters can learn to adjust to the calls of the referees in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against San Mig Coffee.
“I’m still hopeful we could adjust to the calls of the referees in this series. And we shouldn’t be affected by it,” Abanilla said after the Boosters lost to the Mixers, 93-100, in Game Two on Sunday that reduced the series into a virtual best-of-five affair.
The usually mild-mannered Abanilla failed to hide his displeasure over some calls made in Game Two, where the Boosters were called for 33 fouls as opposed to only 19 to the Mixers that resulted in 24 more free-throw attempts (55-31) for the winners.
“We’re only human. It’s not my nature to be like this, but I have to make people know that we are not approving of that.”
Petron import Elijah Millsap, who fouled out with over three minutes to go in the game, had a harsher comment on the officiating.
“I just know the game was disrespected (Sunday night),” said the brother of NBA veteran Paul Millsap, who now plays for the Atlanta Hawks.
Abanilla is now seeking clarification from the technical committee on the way the referees call fouls.
“How can we teach something we don’t know? All I want is that knowledge from them what is a foul, what a non-foul is, and how do you call things. And then maybe I could translate it in practice and teach the plaeyrs the correct way how to react.”