PBA Philippine Cup

MVP blasts officiating as TNT falls in Game 3

Delfin Dioquino
MVP blasts officiating as TNT falls in Game 3

BREAKTHROUGH. Magnolia finally wins a game in the PBA Philippine Cup finals after double-digit losses in the first two games.

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'Worst officiating by far tonight I've seen,' says TNT team owner Manny V. Pangilinan as the Tropang Giga miss their chance of grabbing a 3-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup finals

TNT owner Manny V. Pangilinan hit out on the officiating as the Tropang Giga fell to the Magnolia Hotshots, 98-106, in Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, October 24.

Pangilinan felt TNT got the short end of the stick in the Game 3 loss, with Magnolia finally winning a game in the best-of-seven series after double-digit defeats in the first two matches.

“Worst officiating by far tonight I’ve seen,” Pangilinan wrote on Twitter.

Statistics showed the Tropang Giga were called for 32 fouls, seven more than the Hotshots’ 25.

However, there was hardly any discrepancy in free throw attempts, with Magnolia taking 29 and TNT shooting 27.

Fans, though, were quick to point out a contentious foul by Brian Heruela on a Paul Lee three-pointer in the second quarter.

Replays revealed that Heruela did not touch Lee during the shot, but the Magnolia guard was given three free throws, which he converted to give his side a 46-39 advantage.

TNT will once again try to move on the cusp of its first PBA title in six years as it tangles with Magnolia in Game 4 on Wednesday, October 27. – Rappler.com

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.