NCAA: San Beda coach Fernandez asks for fair officiating in Game 3

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 18 2019 12:37 PM

San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez watches a play during their match against Letran for the Game 2 of the NCAA finals held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on November 15, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – As the NCAA Season 95 men's basketball tournament heads to its conclusion, San Beda University head coach Boyet Fernandez has just one request – fair officiating in Game 3.

This, after the Red Lions survived a foul-plagued game from big man Donald Tankoua to hack out a thrilling 79-76 triumph over archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Game 2 of the best-of-3 finals last Friday. 

Tankoua, who has been a pillar of strength for San Beda throughout their 18-game elimination round sweep, played just under 12 minutes after incurring three quick fouls in the first half. The Red Lions were fortunate to get solid outings from their reserves, Kenmark Cariño and Damie Cuntapay, before Calvin Oftana carried them to victory in the closing seconds.

"I just hope that it will be a fair game of the calls coming on Tuesday," Fernandez said after the game. "I hope the commissioner understands where I'm coming (from), due to the fact that Donald (got) in early foul trouble."

The coach maintained that he was not questioning the calls of the referees or complaining, but simply wanted them to "review" the officiating.

He was unimpressed with the calls made against Tankoua, particularly when compared to how Letran's burly big man, Larry Muyang, was officiated.

"Ang foul kay Donald na three fouls, jusko naman, parang baby ang foul na 'yun," said Fernandez. "Pero kung si Muyang ang dumakdak kay Donald, kaunting kati, foul. 'Di ba?"

For Fernandez, the issue was not limited to Tankoua's early fouls. He also wanted an explanation for the final possession of the game, which saw San Beda force a shot-clock violation on Letran, and then secure the ball.

Point guard Evan Nelle was on his way to running down the clock when the referees whistled for a shot-clock violation. That reset the time to 5.1 seconds, with San Beda holding possession.

"(But) we already got the ball eh. Tapos tumawag pa siya ng 5.1 seconds remaining, kaya tumagal pa 'yung game eh," Fernandez said.

"I just want to protect my players, because mga bata 'to eh. They have to teach the boys to play the fair game," he added. 

Fernandez even welcomed a discussion with the commissioner, saying, "If he wants to call me, I will be here. I'll point out what I'm complaining (about)."

"I hope the commissioner will see the tape and review it, and hopefully Game 3 will have a very fair officiating," he added. 

"Fair officiating, whatever happens, I will even congratulate the commissioner for the job well done. But again, it should be fair."

Game 2 of the finals series is on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The coach maintained that he was not questioning the calls of the referees or complaining, but simply wanted them to "review" the officiating.

He was unimpressed with the calls made against Tankoua, particularly when compared to how Letran's burly big man, Larry Muyang, was officiated.

"Ang foul kay Donald na three fouls, jusko naman, parang baby ang foul na 'yun," said Fernandez. "Pero kung si Muyang ang dumakdak kay Donald, kaunting kati, foul. 'Di ba?"

For Fernandez, the issue was not limited to Tankoua's early fouls. He also wanted an explanation for the final possession of the game, which saw San Beda force a shot-clock violation on Letran, and then secure the ball.

Point guard Evan Nelle was on his way to running down the clock when the referees whistled for a shot-clock violation. That reset the time to 5.1 seconds, with San Beda holding possession.

"(But) we already got the ball eh. Tapos tumawag pa siya ng 5.1 seconds remaining, kaya tumagal pa 'yung game eh," Fernandez said.

"I just want to protect my players, because mga bata 'to eh. They have to teach the boys to play the fair game," he added. 

Fernandez even welcomed a discussion with the commissioner, saying, "If he wants to call me, I will be here. I'll point out what I'm complaining (about)."

"I hope the commissioner will see the tape and review it, and hopefully Game 3 will have a very fair officiating," he added. 

"Fair officiating, whatever happens, I will even congratulate the commissioner for the job well done. But again, it should be fair."

Game 2 of the finals series is on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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