DISAPPOINTMENT was written all over the faces of Air21 coach Franz Pumaren and import Michael Dunigan following the Express’ painful 84-90 loss to the streaking Barangay Ginebra five.
But they stopped short of blaming officiating for the defeat.
“You saw the game ... We were disappointed because it was a very nice game. Pero, ayoko ma-fine (for complaining about the calls), but you saw the game,” Pumaren said.
The Air21 coach was furious on the sidelines all game, contesting calls and at one point getting slapped with a technical foul for continuously complaining a questionable call made against Dunigan.
Dunigan picked up his fourth foul at the 7:54 mark of the third period while to avoid contact being initiated by Barangay Ginebra import Vernon Macklin, who slipped and fell on the floor while going for a spin move.
Even Dunigan could only shake his head in dismay as he picked up his fifth foul on another contested foul off a driving Elmer Espiritu before fouling out with 4:15 left in the game after being whistled for a double-foul with Ginebra center Billy Mamaril.
Aside from that, Air21 big man Noy Baclao foul out with still 28 seconds left in the third period while backup center James Sena played the entire fourth quarter with five fouls.
“I really cant say much about it (officiating and game), but it was a good game," the 23-year-old Dunigan said later before leaving the Big Dome in haste to have his left eyebrow stitched up after accidentally colliding with Rudy Hatfield in the third period.