LA Tenorio couldn’t hide his frustrations after a referee blew his whistle and called an offensive foul on a driving Scottie Thompson during the closing seconds of the winner-take-all match of the quarterfinal series between Brgy. Ginebra and Meralco, Sunday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Thompson was about to score the equalizer when referee Peter Balao called an offensive foul on the reigning league MVP which resulted in his qualification due to 6 fouls.
The 38-year old Tenorio confronted Balao and the table officials during the succeeding timeout to protest the crucial call.
League commissioner Willie Marcial said the he is awaiting the recommendation of the technical committee regarding Tenorio’s actions.
“Malamang may fine yun. Tinitingnan pa ng technical committee. Pero kung dumiretso nga siya sa table officials, may fine yun,” said Marcial.
“Alam ko naman yung emotions. Naiintindihan ko yun. Pero may procedures kasi tayo (na sinusunod),” he added.
Tenorio finished the game with 12 points – all from beyond the arc including the triple which capped the Gin Kings’ spirted fightback and gave them a 1-point lead, 104-103, with a little over a minute remaining on the clock.
Bolts big man Raymond Almaza, however, took it back in the ensuing play with a trey of his one while Stanley Pringle blew a chance to send the game into an extra period by missing a wide open jumper just as time expired.
The league released a statement on Monday claiming that Balao indeed made the correct call on the disputed play.