LUIGI Trillo refused to point at officiating as the reason behind Alaska’s heartbreaking loss against Petron Saturday night that had the Aces reeling at the bottom half of the PLDT myDLS-PBA Philippine Cup standings.
The Aces dropped an 86-85 heartbreaker against the Boosters in a game that saw the Alaska coach noticeably upset about the way calls went against his team, complaining to the referees on several instances especially down the stretch run of the tightly-fought game.
While admitting he wasn’t satisfied with the officiating especially on several occasions involving Alaska star Calvin Abueva and Petron big man Jun Mar Fajardo, Trillo stressed out the Aces still need to increase their level of play in order to break out of their current slump.
“Calvin just doesn’t get any calls. With Fajardo, I’m not saying all the time, but there were times that he clearly pushed off,” Trillo said.
“But more than that, we need to play better. We still have to get better even with the calls,” Trillo said.
“Bottom line is I don’t want to make the referees an excuse. We have to be a better team. We gave transition points and turnover points, close to 40. We need to play better in other facets of the game,” added last year’s Coach of the Year.
Trillo remains optimistic about his team (2-4) turning things around, with the season-opening tournament still a long way to go.
Besides several of the Aces losses could have gone either way.
“Three straight games, we have been battling. Barako Bull, we were up by 15, but it came down to the last possession. Talk ‘N Text, we missed free throws in the end. This one (against Petron), it came down to the last play.
“But that being said, at this point, I just want to say that I’m proud of how they (Aces) are playing. It’s a long tournament. For us, it’s far from over. But hopefully, we can maintain that and get some breaks,” said Trillo.