Renren Ritualo joins chorus of jeers against officiating after Falcons loss to La Salle
Franz Pumaren and assistant Renren Ritualo rue the officiating in the loss. Marlo Cueto

LA SALLE legend Renren Ritualo found himself on the opposite end of the floor against a school he led to multiple championships on saturday night. 

That didn't stop him from lashing out at how the officials handled the UAAP Season 80 semifinal game which the Greenn Archers won over Adamson, 82-75.

Ritualo, now an assistant coach for the Falcons, was one of the most animated figures on the Adamson bench in a game that saw La Salle get a 39-5 advantage in free throws awarded.

After the match, a furious Ritualo was heard shouting, 'Sinisira niyo ang laro e,' while the referees were within hearing distance in the tunnel leading to the Smart Araneta Coliseum dugouts.

Asked about that incident, Ritualo didn't hold back. 

"Violent reactions because there were non-calls and there were ‘calls.’ I don’t know what happened there pero the quality of the game went down," said Ritualo. 

"We were playing so hard with all our hearts, we sacrificed everything and that happened," he added. 

Ritualo said he couldn't stand seeing how hard their players prepared for the game only to fade in a final stretch marred by a number of controversial calls.

"It was heartbreaking, lalo na with the kids. Pag nakita mo yung mga bata para talagang heartbroken, parang nakipag-break sa kanila mga girlfriend nila because they were all crying," Ritualo said. 

"They pour their hearts out in this game and in the practices. We don’t practice light, we practice hard. The effort, the sacrifices were really there but we came up short so it was really unfortunate for the kids."

But Ritualo - one of only two players which had his jersey retired after winning four championships with La Salle -  insisted that it was nothing personal against his alma mater. 

"Alam naman ng La Salle community that I served them and I’m very honored that I represented La Salle throughout my career," Ritualo continued. 

"I won’t be here, I won’t be Renren Ritualo kundi dahil sa La Salle din. Yung character ko ngayon, it was honed here.

"We’re all La Sallians, we don’t want to lose. We’re used to winning. So if you’re watching us, and looking at us, gusto namin na manalo. We’re really emotional cause we love this game, we want to win, we just don’t show up and play, we really want to win."

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