UP center Bright Akhuetie lashes out at ‘stupid’ referees in game vs Ateneo
MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines’ Bright Akhuetie didn’t mince words as he expressed his displeasure over the officiating in the Fighting Maroons’ 89-63 loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Sunday.
Akhuetie was called for an unusual technical foul in the third quarter, a call that drew the absolute ire and ultimately led to the ejection of UP head coach Bo Perasol.
“The referees were [expletive] no doubt, [expletive] stupid,” said Akhuetie Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “That kalbo (bald) guy was very stupid.”
Referee Jamie Rivano called a technical foul on Akhuetie at the 8:03 mark of the third with UP trailing, 39-32, but the 6-foot-7 center already ran the length of the court before the infraction was called.
The call riled up Perasol to such a degree that he charged Rivano less than a couple of minutes later prompting the official to toss him out at the 6:23 mark of the quarter with Ateneo ahead, 52-35.
It took several players to restrain the usually mild-mannered Perasol from going after Rivano.
“Trust me I was going to the same thing coach Bo did,” said Akhuetie, who finished with just six points and eight rebounds. “I was going to jump him but I tried to keep myself together because I wanted to win.”
“He was so stupid, he gave me a tech for what?! I was far away from him and he gave me a tech, that was stupid.”
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