PBA suspends referee for error in ROS-Meralco game 1
MANILA, Philippines – The PBA Office of the Commissioner has suspended referee Art Herrera five gamedays for an error he made during game 1 of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and Meralco Bolts’ semifinal series on Tuesday, March 31.
In a statement released by PBA Media Chief Beureau, the Office of the Commissioner said that “Referee Art Herrera has been suspended for 5 game days (one week with no pay) for an error in mechanics and judgment in changing a call in game 1 of the ROS-MERALCO semifinal series."
Midway through the fourth quarter of the contest, Rain or Shine forward Gabe Norwood hit a 3-pointer simultaneously with the sound of the shot clock buzzer to put his team up 90-80.
The Bolts’ coaching staff complained to the officials table and on the next dead ball possession, the game officials decided to rescind Norwood’s made three-ball, much to the dismay of Elasto Painters head coach Yeng Guiao.
Whether or not the ball left Norwood’s hands in time before the buzzer went off is still up for debate, but Guiao was more upset that the referees did not call a whistle indicating a shot clock violation before changing the call.
“I think it was an officiating error when Gabe [Norwood] shot the ball, there was no call, and the refs corrected the call after the shot was made,” said Guiao, who’s complained about PBA referees a few times over the past weeks.
“There was no whistle. The buzzer is not a whistle,” he argued.
The PBA Office of the Commissioner also suspended another unidentified referee on Sunday, March 29, for a lapse in judgment made during Rain or Shine’s quarterfinals game against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Saturday, March 28.
The referee failed to call a critical shot clock violation with 8.7 seconds left in the contest, paving the way for a game-winning layup by Jeff Chan and the elimination of Ginebra. – Rappler.com