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UAAP: Refs’ mistakes not enough to warrant replay of Adamson-La Salle tiff

Amidst the uproar after La Salle scraped past Adamson in a controversial Final Four matchup last Saturday, UAAP commissioner Rebo Saguisag insisted that the officiating crew’s perceived judgment errors during the game are not enough to warrant a replay of the battle. 

“At the moment, I don’t think naman na the mistakes, if at all, were that blatant to warrant a reversal or a replay,” he said in an interview on CNN Sportsdesk on Tuesday morning.

“If it involves a judgment call, hindi siya criteria for a protest. They should be technical in nature,” he stressed. “Pag judgment call ibang usapan. That in itself would not warrant a reversal or a replay. Ang importante dito, I’m investigating the matter.”

The Green Archers battled back from 15 points down against the Soaring Falcons, but the latter’s lead could have been bigger had the referees not called questionable fouls when the San Marcelino side was about to break the game open.

Saguisag, however, noted the difference in styles between the two teams, saying La Salle attacked the basket more while Adamson settled for perimeter jumpers.

“What bothers me when they talk about the 39 free throws versus the five free throws,” he said. “Ako, I had my personal review already and I don’t have the exact numbers yet. But the brand of play is just so different. Nobody attacks the basket like Ben Mbala. Sa kabila naman, we have Jerrick Ahanmisi and Rob Manalang who did their damage from the three-point area.”

Saguisag should check his numbers, as statistics show that the Falcons did not settle for perimeter shots.

As a matter of fact, even with their ‘perimeter-oriented’ offense, Adamson was tied with La Salle in points in the paint through three quarters with 26 apiece.

By then, the Falcons have been whistled for 24 fouls while the Archers had only nine.

The trend continued in the fourth period, as referees called nine fouls on Adamson, resulting into 14 free-throw attempts as La Salle came back to snatch the driver’s seat.

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