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    Referees' non-call decided game's outcome, rues Yeng

    Feb 9, 2013

    ANGERED by how officiating went in the dying seconds, Yeng Guiao said Rain or Shine will be writing a request to PBA commissioner Chito Salud for a review the endgame play involving Painters import Bruno Sundov.

    Alaska managed to escape with an 83-81 win on a buzzer-beating bank shot by Cyrus Baguio, but not after getting what Guiao felt was a favorable non-call on a Sundov drive in the end.

    Coming off a Rain or Shine timeout, the 7-3 Sundov went for a quick two points, but found his initial attempt blocked from behind by Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva.

    Sundov tried to recover the ball but Guiao felt he was hit twice by Alaska defenders which the referees failed to call, setting up Baguio for the game-winning shot.

    “Things like this happen. I just felt we deserve the call in the last play. Bruno Sundov drove to the basket. He got hit in the arm twice and the referees let it go,” Guiao said after the game.

    “I just felt the league needs to take a serious look at what happened. The referees are deciding the outcome of the game. I think the team should decide the outcome of the game and not the referees,” he added.

    After emerging from the team dugout, Guiao went to talk briefly to Salud to air his complaint. The league commissioner promised to review the tape before making the decision.

    “I’m sure that play is going to be seen in the video tape. We will also write a formal letter to bring their attention to it,” said Guiao.

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    It was a sorry loss for the Elasto Painters, runners up of the recent Philippine Cup, who led, 81-78 with 1:15 remaining. But Abueva buried a miracle three-point shot and got a block on Sundov in the next play to set up Baguio for the winning shot.

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