ANOTHER round of suspensions on PBA referees loom after an obvious foul on a three point-shooting Beau Belga of Rain or Shine was not whistled against Macmac Cardona in the dying seconds on Wednesday night.
The glaring non-call allowed the Bolts to escape with an 118-116 overtime win and, in the process, avoid a knockout match against a twice-to-beat Painters side in the quarterfinals.
Of the three referees that worked the game, Rommel Gruta and Emy Tankion will most likely be in hot water as they were both in a position to make the call in the final play.
Rain or Shine team manager Boy Lapid said they will still discuss on Thursday morning on whether a formal protest will be filed, but hinted that the Painters team owners were very upset over the non-call.
“Wala pa, bukas pa namin pag-uusapan. Pero galit na galit 'yung dalawang amo namin (sa hindi pagtawag ng foul),” said Lapid, referring to team co-owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que.
The normally meek Yu couldn't hide his disappointment outside the Rain or Shine dugout after the game, constantly shaking his head in frustration.
“Foul yun eh. Anong klase naman yun? Lagi kaming kawawa sa tawagan,” said Yu to his team officials.
In the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup alone, Salud has already suspended 6 of the league's 15 referees for making critical lapses in games.
This one should be no different.
Spin.ph has also learned that the PBA Commissioner’s Office has already pruned down to 10 the number of referees who will be given the green light to officiate in the playoffs, starting on Friday.
Moments after the final buzzer, loud boos were heard inside the Big Dome as replays of the final play were shown on the giant screen.
A PBA official said Salud has not yet to review the play since he had to enter the court and break up the ensuing altercation between Belga and Cardona.
“Hindi pa nakikita ni Kume, tumakbo kasi siya agad sa court kanina eh. Pero bukas pa natin malalaman after na ma-review niya. Siya lang ang makakapag-decide niyan,” said the official who refused to be named.