ADAMSON coach Mike Fermin said the team doesn’t plan to put Wednesday’s game under protest despite a questionable technical foul called on Jerome Garcia late in regulation of a loss to National University.
The Falcons saw its 70-67 lead with 22.7 seconds left in regulation dissipate when JJay Alejandro hit four free throws, one of which came after Garcia was issued with a technical foul for a 'second resentment to a call infraction.'
Adamson forced overtime on a basket by Ivan Villanueva, but eventually lost in the extra period to NU, 79-85, dropping the Falcons out of contention for a Final Four with a 1-9 slate.
Most Adamson fans felt the technical foul on Garcia was questionable, more so since the Falcons suddenly found themselves by one point, 70-71, owing to the four free throws awarded the Bulldogs.
But Fermin preferred not to put too much into the controversial play, calling it a judgement call.
“Again, it’s their judgment. ‘Yun lang ‘yun. Let’s leave it that way,” said Fermin. “Hingi lang kami ng clarification. We are going to review the tape but we won’t protest.”
Fermin, however, said he would have preferred that the game was decided by the players.
“We are man enough (to accept the loss). Lahat naman kami, gusto namin ng magandang laban," he said. “Pero sana man lang, let the players decide the game.”
Explaining what happened, Fermin said Garcia was speaking to him, and not to the referees, when the technical was slapped on the Falcons forward.
“Just to make it clear, ‘yung tawag kay Garcia, sa akin siya tumingin. He looked at me and said ‘Coach, wala, wala.’ Ang masasabi ko sa mga referees, bakit technical eh he was looking at me, hindi sa mga refs. And then he even covered his mouth.
“So ako, sabi ko nung nakita ko ‘yun, tumalikod ako tapos nakita ko na lang na nag-gegesture ng technical for second resentment to a call daw. Mabigat kasi sabi nga ng mga coaches, in a span of 22 seconds, they got six free throws out of it. Suddenly, we were down by three. Buti naka-overtime pa,” said Fermin.