MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero was displeased with the officiating in Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals, believing that Alaska counterpart Alex Compton had "gotten the referees' attention."
Victolero was referring to comments made by Compton after Game 2, where the Alaska coach stated that Magnolia guards Jiovani Jalalon and Mark Barroca got away with fouls. Victolero came to his players' defense after Game 3, and then called on the officials to be more consistent.
However, Magnolia import Romeo Travis stressed that the referees were not to blame for the result of Game 3 – a 100-71 triumph for the Aces that saw the Hotshots trail by as much as 36 points.
"I can't comment on what calls were made or not made. The referees didn't make us lose by 30," Travis said after the contest.
"Regardless of the calls that were called or not called, you can't point fingers at a 30-point game," he added.
It would have been a different story had the game been decided by perhaps five or 10 points, the import said. However, in a 30-point loss, the referees are the last people that they can blame.
"You can't point at 'em, you can't," said Travis. "You gotta look inward before you can point outward."
Though they lost by a huge margin, the Hotshots are still ahead in the best-of-7 series, 2-1. They can push the Aces to the brink with another victory on Wednesday's Game 4 at the Araneta Coliseum.
However, Travis knows that bouncing back will not be that easy, which is why he welcomes the two-day break between games.
"The two-day rest is more about being able to prepare. It will give us a chance to prepare better and kind of come up with a scheme to help us defensively, because they adjusted, and we didn't," he explained.
"They made good adjustments, and today, you seen what happens when you don't adjust and you don't play hard," Travis added.
"I think more so than anything, they didn't really do anything special besides play harder than us, and it showed in the third quarter."
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