RAIN or Shine is seeking a reversal of the outcome of its controversial game against crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, saying the team was "deprived of a win" by a contentious late call.
In a two-page protest filed before the Commissioner’s Office on Sunday afternoon, Rain or Shine has asked the league to overrule referee Nol Quilingen's decision calling a foul on Beau Belga which led to Mac Baracael's winning free throws in Ginebra's 101-100 victory on Saturday.
“Therefore please seriously consider this as a formal protest and render a decision overruling referee Quilingen’s foul call against Belga in the dying seconds and declaring Rain or Shine as the rightful winner of that particular game,” read the letter signed by team governor Mamerto Mondragon.
The protest letter also sought a lifetime ban on referee Nol Quilingen as well as a reprimand of the time officials.
“Dismissing and banning referee Quilingen from officiating in the PBA for life - and imposing the appropriate disciplinary penalty on the time officials,” stated the letter.
[For video of the final play, click here]
Mondragon believed the clock should have stopped at the 1.4 second mark, not .3 second, when the controversial foul on Belga was called.
“At the time of the alleged foul committed by Belga, the clock should have been stopped with 1.4 seconds left,” said the statement. “But the officials claimed it’s on .3 second but that was the time (Rain or Shine import) AZ Reid grabbed the loose ball.”
The former PBA chairman told Spin.ph: “It was very unfair, parang nasindikato na ito.”
Rain or Shine, through team manager Boy Lapid, submitted the letter together with pictures and a copy of the video showing different angles of the game's last two seconds.
“Galit na galit kasi ang mga supporters namin. Alam nila na hindi namin deserve matalo,” said Lapid.
“Iyan ang dahilan kaya napwersa na rin kaming mag protesta. Kasi kung hindi kami maggaganito, baka naman isipin nila wala kaming concern,” said Lapid.
“Nakakahiya sa mga fans kasi baka sabihin nila, 'Kami galit na galit sa nangyari tapos yung team namin wala man lang ginagawa,'” he added.
As of press time, Commissioner Chito Salud and new PBA technical head Boy Cruz are still reviewing the video of the game's final play.
There is no word yet from the PBA as to when a decision will be made.