ADAMSON coach Mike Fermin justified his ejection in the team’s game against De La Salle on Sunday in Season 78 of the UAAP, stressing he wanted to make a point about a bad call which he claimed killed the momentum of the rallying Falcons in the stretch run.
Fermin was thrown out of the game during the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter after Dawn Ochea was slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul.
Ochea was called for the infraction following a loose ball play in which he hit La Salle’s Thomas Torres, according to the referees.
The call came as the Falcons are in the midst of a huge comeback, cutting down what was once a huge 28-point deficit to just 54-67.
The Green Archers eventually won the contest, 88-71.
While he admitted the Falcons had a poor start to the game, Fermin said he was frustrated about that particular call since he believed Ochea didn’t intentionally hit Torres.
Fermin was eventually ejected following two consecutive technical fouls called on the Adamson bench and on him.
“One bad call did us eh,” said Fermin. “Well, siguro nung first half, masama talaga start namin. Pero nandoon ‘yung effort ng mga bata.”
“Nanghihinayang ako sa mga effort ng mga bata. Sayang eh. Nandoon ‘yung effort ng mga bata tapos gaganunin lang nila kami. Sa amin, be consistent lang sa officiating. Tanggap ko naman ‘yung slow start but we were there.”
Fermin said Ochea is the kind of person who would not intentionally hurt a fellow player.
“Loose ball. Human reaction is magugulat ka. It was not intentional na tamaan si Torres. If you are going to look at the background of Ochea, tahimik na tao at walang history ‘yan. Kaya ako nag-react ng ganun.”
“Kung natamaan niya, unintentional. Hindi intention ng player ko na manakit. It was unintentional na matamaan siya,” added the Adamson coach.
As he was complaining to the referees, Fermin also made a slit-throat gesture, which meant the referees killed the Falcons’ momentum.
“My sign was pinapatay niyo ‘yung momentum namin. We were there tapos tumawag ng ganun. Ano ibig sabihin nun? The momentum was there. I looked at the referees and I said ‘You killed us. You killed our momentum.’”
Fermin said he purposely thrown himself out to drive a point that he will fight for his team.
“I’m fighting for my team. I apologized to the admin for what happened but that was because we want to win. Sabi ko, ‘Ganoon ko kayo ipaglalaban. Okay lang na ako ang ma-thrown out kasi may mga coaches pa ako. Kung may punishment, walang problema pero we will contest ‘yung nangyari kanina,” he said.