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‘We were robbed’, Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi on San Mig Coffee win

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San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone called it a “smart play.”

PBA commissioner Chito Salud said it as a “legal play.”

But Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi had a different opinion about the final play of his team’s 92-91 loss to San Mig Coffee, in which San Mig Coffee center Rafi Reavis tapped the ball while it was on the rim.

“We were robbed of a win,” Baculi told reporters after the game.

“Ang interpretation namin sa FIBA rules, if it’s still bouncing, then you can tap the ball out of the cylinder, but when the shot has a chance of going in, dapat counted.

“That’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it. For me, the shot should be counted. We ran a well-executed play and the shot has a chance of going in. For me, they should let the players decide the game. That’s an unwritten rule, but they should let the players decide the outcome.”

Baculi said he will confer with Barako Bull management about the team’s next step. Under PBA rules, a team can file a protest within 24 hours after the game.

“We will confer with the management our next line of action,” said Baculi, who also wants clarification from the PBA about which rules have been adopted by the league from FIBA.

“We would also ask which among other FIBA rules we’re adopting. As far as I know, we’re following the PBA rules. FIBA has a maximum of five personal fouls while we have six in the PBA, they’re using a 10-minute per quarter and we’re using 12-minute per quarter.”

Baculi added that the league revise goaltending rules for the benefit of teams and fans.

“They should do away with such rule, it robs a team’s chance of winning,” said Baculi.
-Rey Joble, InterAKTV
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