UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio said the school will take its case to the UAAP technical committee after its protest over the controversial endgame of a 66-68 loss to Ateneo on Saturday was junked by league commissioner Ato Badolato.
“Automatic na ‘yun siyempre na dalhin sa technical committee,” said Jarencio on Monday night. “Valid naman ang protest namin.”
Once the formal protest is elevated to the technical committee, Jarencio said he will ask that the final 7.7 seconds of the game be ordered replayed and not the entire match.
Badolato had turned down the UST protest, ruling that the crucial referees' decisions which are under question are "judgement calls" and therefore unappealable.
The Tigers claim a goal-tending call slapped on UST center Karim Abdul, which led to the marginal three-point play by Ateneo's Ryan Buenafe, was wrong. They also insist Ateneo coach Norman Black should have been slapped a technical in the endgame for going to the opposite side of the court and berating the referees.
The Tigers have three days to elevate the case to the technical committee.
While admitting that the goaltending call on Abdul is indeed a judgement call, Jarencio reiterated that Black should have been called for a technical foul for complaining to the referees during a break in the action.
Jarencio said that the non-call changed the complexion of the game.
“Kung ako ang tatanungin, hindi ko gusto ang replay. Ang gusto ko, 7.7 seconds ituloy, bigyan kami ng technical free throw at bola namin dahil ‘yung ang nangyari,” said Jarencio.
“May rules tayong sinusunod, ang tanong ko, bakit hindi na-implement ang rules. Maliwanag sa rules na hindi puwedeng mag-cross sa line, dapat diyan ka lang sa bench mo,” said Jarencio.
Black had complained to the referees because a foul was not called when the Tigers’ triple-teamed Buenafe, leading to an Ateneo turnover and a basket by Abdul for a 66-65 UST lead.
In the ensuing play, Buenafe's layup was blocked by Abdul, but the referees called goal-tending on the UST slotman after a video review leading to the marginal three-point play.