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UAAP cracks whip on 3 refs

  • Written by Theodore Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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THE UAAP has cracked the whip on the three referees who officiated in the controversial La Salle-Adamson men’s basketball Final Four game last Saturday.

NCAA commissioner Rebo Saguisag, who is also the league’s executive director, said that disciplinary actions were handed out on referees Mollie de Luna, Ian Borbe and Hernan Alejo, as the Falcons filed a protest on alleged “unfair and biased” officiating in a 75-82 loss to the Green Archers that ended their season.

Adamson is also asking for an official review of how referees called the game.

“While we are still in the process of evaluating the whole game together with the statistics, the officials that worked your game were immediately suspended,” said Saguisag in his reply to the letter submitted by the school’s representative to the UAAP Board of Managing Directors, Fr. Aldrin Suan.

“(Two of them were also) strongly recommended for being banned for the rest of the season, if only to preserve public confidence in our league.”
    
Saguisag, however, did not name who are the two referees who are facing a lengthy sanction.
    
“We will address everything in the proper forum in fairness to all concerned,” said Saguisag later in a television interview.
    
The Falcons, citing a large disparity in free throws and fouls, were unhappy with the way the referees called the entire game.
    
“This is the worst officiating,” said coach Franz Pumaren, as Adamson only had five free throws, making three, while La Salle was awarded 39, converting 27.
    
The Falcons were whistled for 33 fouls, compared to the Archers’ 12 fouls.
    
“The statistics do not lie,” said Suan in the letter.
    
“Watching it either live on or television reveals a dubious officiating by the referees, all in favor of La Salle and prejudicial to Adamson. This free-throw bonus helped La Salle passed (sic) Adamson in the fiercely-fought game.”
    
“But in hindsight, the game was marred by a biased refereeing.”
    
The school, Suan clarified, is not sourgraping about the loss, as it only clamored for objective and impartial officiating in the name of basketball.
    
One of the suspended referees, Borbe, has been in hot water before.
    
Three years ago, Borbe got a lengthy ban by the NCAA after threatening Letran point guard Mark Cruz using profane language in an elimination round game against Jose Rizal University.