ADAMSON plans to file a complaint before the UAAP technical committee for the officiating during the Falcons' game against De La Salle on Wednesday.
Adamson coach Leo Austria said school officials are looking into the option after reviewing the game tape especially the game-turning unsportsmanlike foul called on Gian Abrigo in the final seconds.
“I think that the school will file a complaint sa referee. As of now, pinag-uusapan pa ‘yun kung ano ang dapat gawin,” Austria said.
Austria made it clear that the action being considered by the school is not a protest. Therefore, the school is not out to alter the game result or seek a replay.
“It’s not really a protest kasi dapat nag-sign kami ng score sheet,” said Austria.
League secretary-treasurer Malou Isip, incidentally Adamson’s representative to the UAAP board, confirmed Austria’s statements.
“Disappointed kami sa outcome dahil the referees ang nag-decide ng outcome,” Isip said. “May plano kami for a complaint pero hindi namin ipo-protesta ‘yung game dahil tapos na. We will let the technical committee decide.”
Isip said that an official letter of complaint may reach the board as early as Friday.
Austria said a video review they did on Thursday morning bolstered their belief that a foul should not have been called in the game's final 15.9-second mark as Abrigo jockeyed for position with La Salle’s Norbert Torres during an inbound play.
Under UAAP rules, fouls made away from the ball or in deadball situations merit an unsportsmanlike foul during the last two minutes of games.
Due to the call, two free throws were awarded to Torres which he made to give the Green Archers a four-point cushion that practically sealed Adamson’s fate after the Falcons fought back from a 15-point deficit.
Austria said the referees should have at least warned Abrigo and Torres as they battled for position, insisting that the ball had not been given to the inbounder when the whistle was blown.
“Wala pa kasi ‘yung bola sa inbounder. In the first place, there was no obvious foul. Puwedeng offensive, puwedeng defensive. Wala naman kaming reklamo (sa unsportsmanlike foul call rule in the last two minutes),” said Austria.
Overall, Austria said that game was poorly called.
“We found out na napakaraming masamang tawag. Prior to the unsportsmanlike foul, maraming masamang tawag,” said Austria.
Austria said he is leaving it up to the technical committee if there will at least be sanctions on the referees.
“Depende na sa kanila. Pero kailangan malaman ng tao kung ano ang nangyari. Kung may karapat-dapat na parusa, gawin nila,” said Austria.
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