OTHER than filing a protest, management of Rain or Shine is also considering demanding for the dismissal of game official Nol Quilingen from the ranks of PBA referees.
Team governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon bared this is not the first time Quilingen has made questionable calls involving matches of the Elasto Painters, “mostly at crucial junctures of the game.”
“Yes, ipa-file ko. Hihihilingin namin ang ulo niya. Ilang beses na niya kami napituhan ng kontrobesyal, ito ang pinaka grabe,” Mondragon pointed out. “Kasi ninakawan niya kami ng panalo”
“Nabababoy ang liga, hindi kami papayag ng suspension lang. Even one conference suspension will not be enough,” added the soft spoken official. “Halatang halata yung tawag niya na yun!”
Quilingen called a foul on big man Beau Belga just as Mac Baracael was attempting from three-point range in the dying seconds of a Governors Cup game Saturday night, with Rain or Shine leading Ginebra, 100-98.
Baracael sank all three free throws to help the Kings escape with a 101-100 win.
The Elasto Painters however, put the outcome of the game under protest.
Mondragon, the former league chairman clarified the decision asking for the ban of Qulingen was decided upon by both management and coaching staff.
“Laging ganun eh. Baka balang araw mas matindi pa mangyari,” said Mondragon.
Even co-team owner Raymund Yu expressed his disgust at how Quilingen failed to give a fair officiating.
“Andalas ng Quilingen na yan sa amin. Lagi niya kami nalalagay sa alanganin,” said Yu, who recalled an incident in 2011 when Quilingen was also suspended following yet another controversial loss by Rain or Shine.
“Hindi lang dalawang beses yun. Maraming ulit. Pinapa-collate ko na sa staff namin `yung mga instances na pinituhan niya kami ng mali,” added Yu.
But the Rain or Shine owner believes filing a protest will just be a desperate act of the team.
“Alam naman namin na wala na ring replay ng laro yun. Gagawin lang namin para ipakita na hindi kami uuwi na lamang ng basta-basta at hahayaan `yung pangyayaring ganyan,” said the Asian Coatings franchise big boss.