PBA commissioner Chito Salud reiterated on Monday that officiating in the ongoing Philippine Cup Finals between Talk `N Text and Rain or Shine has been `fair and square’ in the wake of the latest outburst from Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
Salud made the statement in light of Guiao’s allegations on Sunday night that the Elasto Painters got the raw end of the officiating in the crucial stretch of Game Three which they lost Sunday night, 89-80.
Guiao cited two instances - a non-call on Jason Castro off a driving Chris Tiu and a questionable foul slapped on Paul Lee off Ryan Reyes - which he thought stalled Rain or Shine’s momentum as it tried to pull away in a tightly fought match.
“Those possessions were I think, important for us but we did not get (the calls). Finals ito eh. Napakalaking bagay nung ganung mga tawag na dapat naman ibigay sa team,” said Guiao.
But Salud stood his ground, saying calls had been fair in the Finals.
“And it will continue to be so,” he said. “No team will receive help from the referees. The players will decide the game.”
A review by the league's technical staff showed that the refs were right on the two plays cited by Guiao, officials said.
There indeed was contact initiated by Lee against a driving Reyes while Castro pulled off a clean swipe off Tiu - the contact coming after the Painters rookie had already lost the ball, officials said ruled the review.
Despite the latest outburst of Guiao, PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said no summon is forthcoming for the Rain or Shine coach.