CONTRARY to claims by Adamson coaches, La Salle coach Aldin Ayo insisted the officiating in their UAAP Season 80 Final Four showdown was consistent.
The Falcons, from coach Franz Pumaren down to the players, expressed their displeasure over the referees' calls after a 75-82 loss to La Salle that knocked them out of the championship race.
Ayo, however, insisted the referees were consistent during the game and blamed the 33-12 disparity in fouls as well as the 39-5 edge La Salle enjoyed in free throws attempted to the Falcons' physicality.
"I told the boys to return the favor because they were doing it in the first quarter. Actually, n the whole first half," said Ayo of the Falcons' physicality.
Ayo also said the Green Archers were quicker to adjust to the calls when it became apparent the referees were allowing the players more room for contact.
"(The Falcons) kept on doing it. They kept on bumping us and the referees were allowing it. I told the boys that since they are not calling it, ibato din natin sa kanila," said Ayo.
"Good thing, the referees were consistent," he added.