ALASKA coach Luigi Trillo didn’t hide his disappointment about what he referred as `too gentle of a call’ meted out by the PBA Commissioner’s Office on Air21 center Rob Reyes.
“I’m just shocked,” said Trillo the moment he was informed of the flagrant foul penalty 1 and P10,000 fine slapped on Reyes for hitting rookie Calvin Abueva in the face as the two of them engaged in a mad scramble for the ball during their Philippine Cup game last Wednesday.
“It’s in the rule book that if you hit a player from the neck above, that should be an automatic F2. And it’s very clear Calvin was hit in the face. I think it’s too gentle of a call.”
On Saturday, commissioner Chito Salud summoned Reyes in Tubod, Lanao del Norte to hear his side on the incident before deciding to fine him for P10,000 and slap a flagrant foul penalty 1 after the controversial play escaped the attention of game officials.
Accompanied by Alaska management and his coaching staff, Trillo went to the PBA office Thursday for an audience with Salud to point out the matter.
“I was expecting for a stronger action,” admitted Trillo.
“But I hope they’re happy with what they’ve got,” added the Alaska coach without specifically saying to whom he’s alluding the statement.
The incident, according to Trillo, left the prized Alaska rookie with an infected nasal after he was similarly elbowed in the nose by Yancy de Ocampo during the Aces’ game against San Mig.
Abueva was nursing a fever Saturday, and while he showed up at practice, he didn’t join the Aces in their scrimmages.
“That’s upon the recommendation of our strength and conditioning coach Gus Vargas because the infected nasal is affecting Calvin’s breathing,” said the young Alaska mentor.
Trillo said he has no plans of appealing the Commissioner’s decision and would rather concentrate on the Aces’ game against Barangay Ginebra Sunday.