DEPOSED PBA Philippine Cup champion Talk 'N Text wants to meet with commissioner Chito Salud next week to air its concerns over officiating, particularly in the Texters' knockout match against San Mig on Sunday.
Team manager Paolo Trillo said coach Norman Black will be the one to represent the team in the meeting with the league’s top honcho.
Trillo said Black does not intend to show video tape of the game which the Tropang Texters lost, 90-82, ending their quest for fourth successive all-Filipino championship.
Instead, the multi-titled coach will appeal before Salud for more consistency in officiating.
“We requested for one (meeting with Salud) just to air our thoughts on the game but so far, commissioner is busy so that might be next week,” Trillo told Spin.ph on Wednesday.
The younger brother of Alaska coach Luigi Trillo explained officiating during the do-or-die encounter played at the Astrodome was inconsistent, especially in the final period, which saw Talk ‘N Text being whistled for 11 fouls, compared to just one for San Mig.
“We felt the calls were inconsistent as the referees called it (foul). In a tight game, one or two plays could make a big difference, so for us, we just want to put it on record,” Trillo added.
The Mixers, who wrapped up the quarterfinals series 2-1, went on to shoot nine of the 16 foul shots awarded to them in the final quarter, enabling them to pull away in a tightly-fought game marked by eight deadlocks and 17 lead changes.
In contrast, the Tropang Texters failed to take a single foul throw during the same stretch, which led Black to describe officiating as “ridiculous” in a post-game talk with Spin.ph.
“I think it demoralizes the team because we’re getting the raw end of the deal. I mean, come on, you guys have seen a lot of basketball. Something’s very, very wrong with the way the game was played in the fourth quarter,” rued the Grand Slam coach.