Pido on NorthPort-Phoenix ending: ‘Referees don’t decide the game’

Delfin Dioquino
A controversial call practically costs the Batang Pier a victory as they crash to their third straight loss


SOUNDING OFF. Pido Jarencio says players – and not referees – should decide how games are won and lost. Photo from PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines – Pido Jarencio sounded off on the PBA’s officiating after a controversial call practically cost NorthPort a victory in a 96-98 loss to Phoenix in the 2019 Philippine Cup on Wednesday, February 27.

The Batang Pier were denied of the lead with the score knotted at 96-all as Sean Anthony’s three-pointer was called off after he was whistled for an offensive foul on Justin Chua with 47 seconds left.

Referees reviewed the play but stuck with their decision. 

In the process, Anthony fouled out and was forced to watch Jayson Perkins drain the game-winning free throws for the Fuel Masters.

“Referees don’t decide the game. Okay? You don’t call an offensive foul like that,” a frustrated Jarencio told reporters. 

“Last one minute then you call offensive foul? And in the video, it’s so clear that there was not,” he added in a mix of Filipino and English. 

It would have been a big win for NorthPort as it missed the services of star guard Stanley Pringle, but instead, it crashed to its third straight loss to fall to 2-3. 

Phoenix, meanwhile, secured its sixth win in 7 games and essentially secured its spot in the playoffs. 

“Let the players win the game and lose the game. That’s it,” Jarencio said.


Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.