LETRAN coach Caloy Garcia just did a Yeng Guiao the NCAA way.
The soft-spoken mentor was ejected for successive technical fouls and later launched a tirade against referee Ian Borbe after the Knights’ 60-69 loss to Jose Rizal University on MOnday at The Arena in San Juan.
Garcia was fuming over a non-call on Letran star guard Mark Cruz, who appeared to have been fouled by a JRU defender with Letran down by just five and with a little over 11 seconds left.
“Clearly, right in front on him, na hindi lang hinawakan, pero talagang kinapitan si Mark eh,” Garcia said. “That could’ve given us two shots, so I understand bakit hindi niya tinawagan yun, instead we lost the ball.”
Jose Rizal U was in already penalty in the endgame.
Garcia serves as concurrent top deputy of Guiao at Rain or Shine, where the longtime Painters coach is no longer new to receiving technical fouls and getting ejected during games in the PBA.
But this is a rare occurence for Garcia.
The Letran coach, though, was still fuming after the game, citing another foul on Rey Publico in the first half which Garcia felt should’ve been disregarded “according to their rules.”
He later singled out that Borbe has not been calling the Knights fairly since last year.
“He (Borbe) was the same referee last year we kept on complaining about,” Garcia said. “We never get any calls from him.”
“Ang sa akin lang, a foul should be called a foul whatever the instance,” he said. “Bakit sa amin ang ninipis ng tawag tapos pag dating sa kabila, they allow them to impede us. Just be consistent. Yun naman ang hinihingi ng coaches dito sa liga.”
Still, Garcia did not take anything away from JRU’s hard-fought win.
“JRU played a great game,” he conceded. “They played a lot better than us. We started the game slow, but still, ang inaano ko yung the way the officiating was called on us…He wasn’t being fair.”
Garcia also claimed Borbe threatened to beat up Cruz when the Letran guard confronted the official after the game to complain over the non-call.
“At the end of the game, sinabi pa niya kay Mark na susuntukin niya si Mark.”
“I don’t think referees are allowed to say those things to the players,” Garcia was quick to add. “Kasi it’s typical naman the players are playing hard and they get emotional sa game, pero wala namang inaano si Mark sa referee, kundi nag-co-complain lang.”
Arellano’s management committee representative Peter Cayco said Borbe later admitted to the ManCom he did utter words “na hindi maganda” to Cruz.