The Big Chill Superchargers walk out of their PBA D-League game against Blackwater with 2:50 to go before halftime. Photo by Nuki Sabio, PBA Images.
MANILA, Philippines – Big Chill head coach Robert Sison expressed his dissatisfaction with the officiating in the PBA D-League after his team briefly staged a walkout in their Foundation Cup game against Blackwater Sports on Monday.
The Superchargers walked out with 2:50 to go before halftime, after center Rodney Brondial was called for a second motion for swinging an elbow on Blackwater forward Pari Llagas.
Llagas had initially been called for a foul on Brondial.
Big Chill eventually returned after two technical fouls and went on to lose the game, 75-93.
“I could not take the officiating,” Sison said, as quoted by the league website, after the game. “This league is getting wilder and wilder.”
Sison made it clear that he was not merely taking a page from the playbook of fiery Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao, who had led a walkout of the Elasto Painters in Game 6 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals last February.
“Hindi ako naga-ala-Yeng Guiao. It’s not my nature to do that, but I agree within. I’m not saying the refs are biased,” said Sison. “I’m just saying that they’re not making the right calls.”
Sison also told the league website that he is willing to accept the consequences of his actions.
Meanwhile, Big Chill’s record dropped to 2-1 after their loss, tied with four other teams.