STAR Hotshots coach Tim Cone was in a foul mood at the end of an 89-91 loss to GlobalPort on Tuesday night, confronting the referees and later letting out his frustrations to PBA commissioner Chito Salud.
So what ticked him off?
Cone had shown his frustration over some calls during the course of the game, but Star governor Rene Pardo said the coach's post-game rant was over the referees' failure to review a late-game play that denied the Hotshots to go for a game-tying basket.
According to Pardo, Cone was adamant the referees should have turned to the video replay to review the crucial play which saw Hotshots' Mark Barroca and Marqus Blakely dispute ball possession near the sideline with Stanley Pringle after a bad inbound by the GlobalPort rookie.
Granting the referees were right in granting GlobalPort ball possesion, Cone felt the referees, at the very least, should have reviewed the play to determine the time left in the game clock, Pardo said.
Cone left immediately after the game.
“Coach Tim was just asking (the referees), ‘Did you check the time,’ kasi kung mga four or five seconds pa 'yung natitira, makaka-ano (chance to score) pa kami. Eh di siya masagot nung referees kasi di naman ni-review yung oras eh,” rued Pardo, who spoke on behalf of Cone.
“Dapat kasi, tinitingan mo kung kanino yung bola saka 'yung oras nung lumabas yung bola. Nire-reklamo niya (Cone) yun,” he added.
There was only 2.9 seconds remaining when the referees awarded possession to GlobalPort, which simply ran out the time to seal their third successive win in the PBA Governors Cup - and first in 10 meetings with the Purefoods franchise.
However, Pardo admitted Star had its chances to beat GlobalPort after leading by as much as eight points in the second half, only to allow the Batang Pier’s Pringle and Palestinian import Omar Krayem to hurt them in the end.
“We have a lot of chances, so sabi ko, 'Kasalanan na rin natin yun (loss),” said Pardo, whose players wore a black patch on their jersey as they mourn the passing of Tarlac Rep. Enrique ‘Henry’ Cojuangco, who died on Tuesday morning.
Cojuangco, the younger brother of San Miguel Corp. chairman Danding Cojuangco, Jr., used to oversee the affairs of all the SMC teams in the PBA as well as the national teams backed by his brother.