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Frustrated Chot Reyes storms out of Araneta Coliseum after sorry TNT loss

Delfin Dioquino
Frustrated Chot Reyes storms out of Araneta Coliseum after sorry TNT loss

BAD START. Chot Reyes and TNT open the Commissioner's Cup with a loss.

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Chot Reyes immediately leaves the Big Dome just moments after TNT absorbs a narrow loss to Magnolia following a contentious call

MANILA, Philippines – A fuming Chot Reyes stormed out of the Araneta Coliseum after TNT dropped its conference opener in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday, October 5.

Reyes immediately left the Big Dome just moments after the Tropang Giga absorbed a 94-92 loss to Magnolia following a contentious call.

The six-time PBA Coach of the Year felt the officials made the wrong call when TNT newcomer Calvin Oftana got whistled for a shooting foul on Paul Lee with just 4.3 ticks left and the game tied at 92-92.

Lee canned both of his foul shots for the final tally as the Hotshots remained unbeaten in three games.

Reyes confronted the referees at the officials’ table as soon as the game ended to plead his case and he needed to be escorted away by PBA deputy commissioner Eric Castro.

After a brief stay in the locker room, Reyes headed for the exit.

The loss put to waste an impressive PBA debut from former NBA player Cameron Oliver, who netted 43 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks.

Oliver put the Tropang Giga on his back no thanks to the absence of key cogs Jayson Castro, Mikey Williams, and Poy Erram.

Castro and Williams sat out to recover from the injuries they sustained last conference, while Erram served his suspension for a flagrant foul in Game 7 of the Philippine Cup finals. – Rappler.com

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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.