29 January 2016

Are The 'RePAYRees' Working Hard in the Finals?

RePAYrees Working Agains
The best--of-seven Final series between the Alaska Aces and the San Miguel Beermen are turning out to be more controversial as the games reached in sixth game.

The Alaska Aces still led 3-2, but that was not a factor in their Game 5 loss nor was the return of SMB's June Mar Fajardo. The real factor why the Aces failed to close the series twice already after leading 3-0 in the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals seems to be the sixth, seventh and eight men on the floor - the referees.

According to Aces coach Alex Compton, it the "Free throw and foul discrepancy."

In Game 5, the Aces incurred a whopping total of 37 fouls and gave their opponents 35 free throws. On the other hand, the Beermen were called for 17 fouls and gifted the other team with five charities.

Final score in the game was San Miguel 86, Alaska 73.

"I'm just pointing out facts. It's gonna be difficult if a team gets 30 more free throws and 20 more fouls," an uncharacteristically gloomy Compton stated.

He then continued, "Some stats jump off the page in the last two games. We'll see if it’s hopefully gonna change in the next games."

If there is indeed a collaboration and intention to put one over the Aces, there is no better person to do that than the one officiating the games. Was there an instruction from some higher officials, nobody can tell ... for now.

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