A CONTROVERSIAL unsportsmanlike call in the dying seconds had Adamson crying foul following the Falcons’ loss to De La Salle on Wednesday.
With 15.9 seconds left in the game and La Salle up by only two points 67-65, referees called an unsportsmanlike foul on Adamson’s Gian Abrigo while he was jockeying for position with La Salle big man Norbert Torres on an inbound play.
Torres' two free throws, which gave La Salle a four-point cushion, and the ensuing possession awarded to the Archers practically sealed the fate of a Falcons side that bravely fought back from a 15-point deficit to tie the score in the endgame.
Adamson coach Leo Austria was understandably infuriated, saying if there was a foul in that controversial play it should have been called not on Abrigo but on Torres.
“From start to finish, physical (ang laro) pero bakit sa last play na ‘yun kailangan pa ibigay ang foul,” Austria said. “Si Torres pa nga ang may foul kasi siya ang humawi sa kamay na nakadepensa.”
Austria later lambasted the officiating in the whole game, saying “on a scale of 1 to 10, I think six.”
He added: “I kept on complaining because there’s a lot of calls na hindi favorable sa amin. Maybe it’s the breaks of the game but imagine from first to fourth quarter, parang breaks of the game laging nasa kanila (Archers).
“And why was there a technical in that kind of play (inside the final) 30 seconds. We fought hard when we were down with five minutes left. We showed guts pero nauwi sa wala."
Austria was non-committal when asked if they plan to put the game under protest.
“I don’t know. We will see the tape if there is a technicality or if there is biased officiating. But if it’s a judgement call, I don’t think magpo-prosper ‘yung protest namin.”