RAIN or Shine won the rubber match against GlobalPort on Thursday, but head coach Caloy Garcia had something to say about the officiating in the fourth quarter.
The Elastopainters beat the Batang Pier in the rubber match, 103-97, in a game that saw James Yap exploding with 27 points, his best game in a Rain or Shine uniform.
But instead of talking about the win, Garcia spent most of the postgame press conference about the officiating in the fourth quarter.
“It feels good to win but I’m not satisfied with how the game ended,” said Garcia. “We didn’t get any calls in the fourth quarter.”
Garcia claimed the referees were not calling fouls against GlobalPort as compared to his team in the fourth.
“Everything they do is bump. They don’t call anything. When we do something like that, we get called. It’s terrible officiating in the fourth. I don’t know why,” said Garcia.
Garcia called on the league to review the officiating in the fourth period.
“I just hope that the technical committee will review the fourth quarter. I feel something wrong in the fourth quarter the way they called it,” Garcia said.
Following their victory over Rain or Shine, Garcia now looks ahead at the semifinal match-up against Barangay Ginebra.
“Ginebra is playing their best basketball right now in this league. It’s going to be hard to beat them with Tim Cone on their side. Probably the best technician in the game. All we have to do is motivate the players to play hard.
“But I hope they review this because I don’t know how to adjust if they are going to allow the other team to be physical,” said Garcia.