Bad Call Pushed Texters to Forfeit Game vs Kings

Posted: February 6, 2010 in Info News
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A disputed call led defending champion Talk ‘N Text to forfeit its game against Barangay Ginebra Friday night, allowing the Kings to level their KFC-PBA Philippine cup quarterfinals series with the Tropang Texters at 2-2 and force a decisive Game 5 on Sunday.

A fuming Chot Reyes, the Tropang Texters coach, ordered his players and entire coaching staff to walk out off the Araneta Coliseum floor with a minute remaining in the first quarter following a crucial flagrant foul 2 called on big man Ranidel De Ocampo.

De Ocampo was whistled for bumping Ronald Tubid while the Barangay Ginebra shooting guard was driving for a basket.

The Kings led, 27-20, when the incident happened.

“I’m happy,” Barangay Ginebra coach Jong Uichico admitted in the aftermath of the confusion that followed the first ever incident of a league walkout in the last 20 years.

“What can I say but I’m happy because they gave the game to us.”

Then known as Añejo, Barangay Ginebra was fined P500,000 for forfeiting Game 6 of its First Conference championship series against Formula Shell, which went on to win the title after the Rhum Makers refused to go back to the playing court.

“I just hope we’ll be able to pull it off on Sunday,” said Uichico of the do-or-die match for the right to face Alaska in the semifinals.

As standard procedure, Talk ‘N Text was given five minutes to return on the playing court. When time expired, a technical was called on the team and another minute given for the Tropang Texters to reconsider their decision.

But with the blessing of management, the defending champions stood pat on its decision, leading league officials to award the game in favor of Ginebra.

Reyes later claimed the franchise had been on the losing end of the officiating for the entire series.

“All we’re asking for is a fair play, to be given the chance to compete and play defense,” he said.

The outspoken coach noted how for the past three games, a total of 126 free throws were awarded to the Kings – 81 of which they made – compare to the 60-of-80 the Tropang Texters did from the same area.

Reyes said that’s a discrepancy of almost 50 free throws in favor of the Kings.

It also didn’t escape his attention that in the first 12 minutes of Game 4, the Kings were already had a 14-5 edge in free throws, not to include yet the deliberate and flagrant foul called on De Ocampo.

“They called a flagrant foul 2 on Ranidel because they don’t want him to play in Game 5,” said Reyes.

“We’ll definitely protest the throwing out of Ranidel,” said the Talk `N Text coach.

But asked whether the Tropang Texters would be showing up on Sunday, Reyes replied: “we’ll leave it that to management.”

Uichico believes the Tropang Texters are playing psy-war in the series.

“They’re playing mind games thinking they can easily get away with this,” he said.

Source: GMANews.TV

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