‘Ateneo vs UST was a fair officiated game’—UAAP commissioner Badolato

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MANILA, Philippines—No calls were made “that would have altered the game,” according to UAAP Commissioner Ato Badolato.

Badolato spoke up after the officiating over UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball Finals between Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas went under fire in the aftermath of last Saturday’s Game 1.

“As far as I’m concerned it was a fair officiated game…I have no complains about it,” insisted Badolato in the weekly PSA Forum Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate.

UST head coach Pido Jarencio questioned the officiating in the end game citing the personal foul called against center Karim Abdul and the instance where swingman Jeric Teng drew a shooting foul but wasn’t awarded with three free throws.

Jarencio exploded during his post-game interview before a pool of reporters which some parts of it Blue Eagles mentor Norman Black found as “mean” and “uncalled for” as both coaches somehow spice up an already heated series.

Badolato explained he didn’t let Teng hit the free throws because even before the referees could check the monitor to review the play, Jarencio was already “fuming and that people were already inside court.”

“That would’ve caused us more trouble,” he said.

And when they finally reviewed it, “three to four times” there was no time left.

“Abdul got all ball but his elbow hit Kiefer (Ravena) and you know Kiefer is a good actor, he was able to draw a foul, and it was a foul,” explained Badolato.

Fortunately for UST, Badolato opted not to give Jarencio a sanction for confronting the referees.

“It was in the heat of the moment, and I would not want to penalize the team to suspend the coach. I gave him a warning,” said Badolato. “I understand the pressures of the coach, he was given a strong reprimand for the physical contact and comments after the game. He was given a warning.”

Expect Game 2 to be a tighter one with Ateneo going for its fifth straight crown and UST fueled to forge a do-or-die.

“What I request to the coaches is to be patient, definitely the referees won’t side on any team, appealed Badolato. “Rest assured the refs will be on top of the situation, they will call it as they see it. We will not tolerate end-game lapses.”

Game 2 is set on Thursday 3pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with the awarding ceremonies starting at 2pm.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LVLBPWCHH6DRNULZKZFJDUKUI aslanRoar

    Ateneo all the way… the calmness of the Blue spirit wins championships. Coach Norman does it just fine, keep it up you guys.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

    Fortunately for UST, Badolato opted not to give Jarencio a sanction for confronting the referees.
    “It was in the heat of the moment, and I would not want to penalize the team to suspend the coach. I gave him a warning,” said Badolato. “I understand the pressures of the coach, he was given a strong reprimand for the physical contact and comments after the game. He was given a warning.”

    ano ba ang sabi sa rulebook? yan ang problema sa atin, people tend to rationalize other people’s actions. so what if done in the heat of the moment? there is a rule governing the ctions of the people on the floor. ano ngayon ang sasabihin ng ateneo? well, ust was fiven a break, dapat kami rin. badolato made a palpak move. he should not be in the position where he is now. call black, black and white, white! no in-between.

  • pedronimo

    Though I am a fan of the Ateneo, I found the logo of UAAP logo (here shown) partial to the “Blue and White” because it is placed atop the rest of the colors, signifying superiority, I suggest that the circled colors be turned in such a way that no one circle is lording it over the others circles,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2HLJ27MGIVH6A7DGVMRTLKLGGI Joel

    They teach flopping in Ateneo? In the NBA flopping will soon be penalized. In the UAAP apparently, good acting is rewarded, right badolato?

    • Blue Saber

      Okay. People can say what they like about Kiefer’s flop, but there WAS contact. Check the pic I posted. :3

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AKDZHNRKROYOQHFRDQFWUSVH64 jener

         basketball is a contact sport. of course there will be contact. the point is, Ravena flopped, and the refs fell for it.

  • Shaun67

    I was rooting for UST to win this UAAP Season 75. After reading the editorial in UST’s The Varsitarian, my support shifted 360 degrees. Soar high Blue Eagles and snatch the championship for the fifth time. We, the Green Archers are mounting our bows and arrows pointing it towards the Tigers in case they’ll stealthily attack and devour the trophy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/5PZPIEKDR5OSIBJ7RXNU3FRI4E Oxygen

      dami mong alam. baka di ka taga la salle eh.

      • Shaun67

        Thanks! I’ll take that as a compliment… :)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6CXBUKRGV7IKIJIDWTWZKZSE44 pheer

      daming alam. sapakin kita dyan eh

      • Shaun67

        Hahaha… I’m sure you won’t dare say that to me in person.. :)

    • Heyaa

      what classy responses to this post. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2HLJ27MGIVH6A7DGVMRTLKLGGI Joel

      Ano connection? Root for Ateneo for all we care, suck Blacks sac.

      • Shaun67

        No connections at all… Do I know you though?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/E2YDNBKKGKUJKE6VKBYQHCZ7TU Manuel

      Perhaps you mean… shifted by 180 degrees. 

      • Shaun67

        I stand corrected… Thanks for that.. .:)

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