GENERIKA coach Francis Vicente aired his frustrations out after what he felt was a ‘bad call’ put an anti-climactic end to their game against RC Cola Army in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.
The veteran mentor did not linger long in a post-game huddle after the Life Savers bowed to RC Cola Army, 25-20, 24-26, 20-25, 24-26, at The Arena in San Juan on Thursday night but talked for more than five minutes when reporters asked him for interview.
Vicente was furious about a call by first referee Jose Isidro Hugo on RC Cola Army import Kierra Holst’s attack that tied the score in the fourth set, 19-19. The official called for a check ball but Generika players felt otherwise.
Vicente and middle blocker Ria Meneses complained but the mentor was later on slapped with one red card and a yellow card, while Meneses was given a red card. The two automatic points enabled Army to wrap up the set, 21-19, and the match.
“The reason why I got mad kasi hindi man lang niya (Hugo) tinawag ang mga lines man niya eh to confirm kung tama ang tawag o hindi eh,” said Vicente.
“Nagrereklamo ang player sayo tapos bibigyan mo ng card na red. ‘Yung mga ganoong bagay dapat ‘wag niyang sisigawan ang player kasi ang player nagpapakahirap ‘yan eh tapos sisigawan mo ng ganon, eh siya (Meneses) ang game captain ball eh,” he added.
“So doon ako nagagalit sinigawan niya eh,” he continued. “Sabihin na natin nandoon na ang tawag pero ‘wag mong sisigawan ang player, never.”
Vicente felt Hugo had something 'personal’ against the team. Hugo was also the first referee in Generika’s five-set loss to Cignal on Tuesday.
“For me ‘yung game pa noong Cignal ganyan na ang tawag niya eh, very crucial at the end eh bigla siya tatawag ng ganyan,” he said.
“Bakit noong laro ng Cignal bigla ako ni-red card bakit ito (Cignal) ‘di niyo tinatawagan? So there is something personal ‘yung referee na ‘yan,” he added.
“Kaya para sa akin dapat ‘yan tanggalin si Mr. Hugo. Nanggigigil ako, gusto ko siyang sugurin kaso ‘di na nagpakita nawala eh,” he continued.