Laoag coach Nes Pamilar lashes out at 'poor' officiating in V-League loss to Bali Pure
Laoag coach Nes Pamilar fielded his second stringers in the third set as a sign of protest over the 'poor' officiating. Jerome Ascano

LAOAG coach Nes Pamilar was fuming mad after what he believed was a costly call in their loss against Bali Pure, 26-28, 23-25, 17-25, in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference on Wednesday.

The Power Smashers were down, 23-24, when Jovielyn Prado attacked but the ball touched the antenna and the veteran mentor fumed after the first referee overturned the call, costing them to lose the second set.

“Unang una kasi, natalo kami ng ganun-ganon lang, ‘di ba? In-award ‘yung puntos sa kalaban, ‘yung procedure mali eh,” he told a handful of sportswriters outside the Laoag dugout at The Arena in San Juan.

“So, asan? Hindi mo (first referee) nakita, walang complain ng kalaban so in-award (ang puntos). Tiningnan ng line judge, wala siyang nakita, nag-decide pinuntos (sa amin), tapos noong dumating ang isang line judge binago ang desisyon.”

“So bakit ganoon ang nangyari? In-award mo na sa Laoag team tapos babawiin mo? Para sana naging fair, dineadball, pero hindi eh, in-award (sa kalaban) eh. Pinatay kami ng ganun-ganon lang. Kita mo naman sa first set talagang nilaban namin kasi magtu-24-all ‘yun eh, sino naman ang matutuwa sa ganoon?” he added.

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Pamilar felt that even during the second set, the officiating was favoring Bali Pure as he cited some rotation errors that were not called on the Purest Water Defenders.

“Second set pa lang, kahit tanungin niyo ‘yung players ng Bali Pure, marami na silang wrong position hindi tinatawagan kahit sila na nga nagtutulakan ng ganoon para maituwid ‘yung posisyon nila,” he said.

“Sinasabihan na namin ang second referee, ‘Wrong position, wrong position’ eh paano niya makikita pagka-serve nakatingin na siya kaagad sa receiving,” he added.

As a sign of protest and dismay at the officiating, the multi-titled coach fielded his second stringers in the third set to make a statement.

“Kaya nga pagdating ng third set, niloloko tayo eh di bakit pa kami magpapakahirap? Magalit na ang magagalit, pero hindi na tama ang ginagawa sa amin,” he said.

“Oo (sign of protest) para makita nila na ano ‘yun, ang game hindi dapat ang referee ang nagko-control. Show ng mga players ‘yan hindi show ng referees ‘yan. Kasi ang nangyari show na ng referees, tinapos na nila ang laro.”

“Kaso para naman kaming niloloko. ‘di ba? Ang hirap eh, nagpapakahirap ang mga players eh, nagtatrabaho kami ng maayos, ginagawa namin ang lahat para mabigyan ng magandang laro ang mga manonood pero anong ginagawa, papatayin ka lang ng ganoon,” added the visibly frustrated coach.

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But despite his frustration, Pamilar does not intend to file a formal complaint.

“Wala, wala (kami balak i-protest). Judgment call ‘yan eh. Wala ka na magagawa pero sana tama ang procedure. Wala na tayo magagawa tapos na ‘yan eh,” he said.

Laoag, which currently holds a 2-3 card, has two more games in the single round elimination. The Power Smashers will face Baguio on Saturday and University of the Philippines on Monday.

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