UP coach Rey Madrid accuses referees of 'point shaving' after loss to UST Tigers
Coach Rey Madrid of UP believes match officials worked to control the points difference during the match between the Maroons and the UST Tigers. Jerome Ascano

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Rey Madrid hurled 'point-shaving' accusations against UAAP referees after the Maroons' loss to University of Santo Tomas on Saturday. 

Madrid said he will definitely bring up the issue to UAAP Commissioner Andy Jao and encouraged reporters to write about the accusations he made after the Maroons bowed to the Tigers for their fifth loss in as many games this season - and 26th overall.

“I hope you put that out,” he said.

Madrid said he saw a disturbing trend with the referees' calls in the final quarter, pointing to the way the officials, in his view, allowed the Tigers to go on a 20-0 run on the way to a 73-57 win.

The UP coach said the referees called fouls on his players and refused to call infractions by the Tigers during that stretch to reach a 'number' with the final score. 

“It’s not hard to think malice kapag ganun,” Madrid said to a handful of reporters. “Kasi inabot pa nila eh.”

When Spin.ph asked him to expound, Madrid said: “Eh may numero eh.”

“Tapos na ’yung game. Hinahabol pa nila. Ilan ba ang plus?” Madrid asked reporters.

“I would know kung ano ’yung plus na inaalagaan nila. Dinikit pa nila. Sinigurado nila. ’Yun yung unang pumasok sa akin,” said Madrid.

“Mahirap magsabi kasi tinambakan na kami. Pero tinulungan eh. Ang laki na nga eh,” Madrid added.

Ironically, Madrid blasted the referees from the Basketball Referees Association for Schools, Colleges, and Universities (Brascu), a group headed by his former coach at UP, Joe Lipa.

Madrid pointed to Mark Juruena fouling out and Karim Abdul not being called for a three-second violation with the UST victory already in the bag. He added only one referee was calling those calls.

“Talo na kami, kailangan pang tawagan and make him foul out. I didn’t appreciate how it was called,” said Madrid, referring to Juruena fouling out.


With regards to Abdul, Madrid said: “Ang three seconds, madaling bilangin. I-extend mo ng four and still, they can’t call a three second (violation). I didn’t appreciate how they can’t call that. Undersized na nga kami, and still hindi mo pa tinatawagan ng three seconds.”

“Pero kung lalake sa lalake, nakakaintindi ka ng numero at tawagan, medyo hindi ka makakakita sa court na ’yun. Nangyayari na sa harap namin eh,” said Madrid.

Madrid said the UP players were frustrated with what happened, saying that a few even cried over the outcome.

“I understand their frustration. Fo-foul kami, fo-foul kami. Pero to be called ng ganun. Inaawat ko na nga sila because they were so frustrated,” said Madrid.

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