Veteran Pampanga coach hits out at 'poor officiating, odd rules' in Palaro basketball competition
“Ang lumalabas kasi referees ang nagdidikta ng resulta ng laro. Hindi tama yun. Kawawa yung mga batang player na namumulat agad sa ganyang klase ng tawagan,” says Central Luzon coach Allan Trinidad. AP

A VETERAN coach has criticized what he decried as the unprofessional officiating’ and odd rules in basketball at the Palarong Pambansa, an annual multi-sports spectacle among the best student-athletes in the country.

Coach Allan Trinidad said officiating and game rules need to be addressed after Pampanga, which represented Central Luzon in the secondary boys’ basketball tournament, lost to San Beda Red Lions, representing Southern Tagalog, 82-92, in the title match.

“Grabe ang tawagan sa Palaro. Taon-taon yan. Ako, ilang taon na kong coach ng Central Luzon, taon-taon, nararamdaman ko ang hindi patas na pituhan,” said Trinidad, who had coached Pampangueno cagers like Arwind Santos, Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang.

“Biruin mo, mahigpit ang tawagan pag kami depensa, pag kami naman na umo-opensa, halos lambitinan na ng lahat yung sentro ko (6’8” teen Jay Pangalangan). Anong klase yun,” he added.

Trinidad, a former head coach of the San Sebastian Stags in the NCAA, also lambasted a Palarong Pambansa rule that bans assistant coaches from sitting on the bench and joining the huddle.

“Anong klase yun, bakit bawal mag assistant coach? Ito na lang ang ligang ganun sa buong mundo. Tulad nung time na hindi ko kinaya tawagan, lumabas ako. Ano nangyari? Eh di walang coach ang team ko,” he said. “Pati waterboy, PT at stats man, bawal!”

“Hindi ba pwedeng i-institutionalize man lamang. Basketball crazy country ang Pilipinas, tapos ang grassroots natin ganyan, bulok?” said the sports director of Pampanga.

“Ang lumalabas kasi referees ang nagdidikta ng resulta ng laro. Hindi tama yun. Kawawa yung mga batang player na namumulat agad sa ganyang klase ng tawagan,” he added.

“Sana maisip nila na lahat ng teams, isang taong pinaghandaan ang Palaro, tapos ganyan mangyayari. Saka sana yung tournament director galing sa ranggo ng coaches, players o referees, yung ngayon parang hindi eh,” added Trinidad, mentioning Edilberto Abalos, who is DepEd’s education supervisor.

“Sana man lamang alam nung i-uupo yung damdamin ng coach at players at alam niya kung ano ang mga nangyayaring tama o mali sa laro,” he said.

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