Ateneo Blue Eagles coach Norman Black reacts to UST Growling Tigers coach Pido Jarencio’s "mean" quips
ABS-CBNNews.com reported that on Saturday, October 6, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles defeated the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 83-78.
ABS-CBNNews.com reported that on Saturday, October 6, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles defeated the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 83-78. With the win, the Blue Eagles took the 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series in the UAAP Season 75 Finals. The Ateneo victory did not sit well with UST coach Pido Jarencio who, after the game, told reporters the he found the calls unfair.
An earlier ABS-CBNNews.com report quoted Jarencio’s heated words: "Umakyat pa nga ako sa kanila (referees), sabi ko, maging fair lang tayo sa mga decision natin. I’m not against Ateneo, pero ang sinasabi ko, bakit ganoon? Unfair naman sa amin. Dahil UST lang ba kami kaya ganoon ang tawagan?... Kailangan pa ba mag-English ako para paboran nila ako? Ganoon ba ang labanan dito? Nasa Pilipinas tayo, dapat tayong mga Pilipino ang mahalin ng mga ’yan (I went up to the referees and asked them to be fair in their decision. I’m not against Ateneo....but I wonder why it’s that way? It’s unfair to us. Is it because we’re just from UST that they make those calls? Do I need to speak English to be in their favor? Is that how things are done here? We’re in the Philippines so they should love Filipinos)." The report, however, noted: "Curiously, the numbers from the game do not seem to back up Jarencio's assertion. The Tigers were called for 17 fouls in the contest, while the Eagles were called for 21. Moreover, UST shot 26 free throws to only 12 for the Ateneo."
According to another ABS-CBNNews.com report, in the wake of Jarencio’s outburst, Black told Jasmine Payo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer: "The part about speaking English and that I’m American that’s why the refs are biased towards me, that’s uncalled for." The ABS-CBNNews.com report added that Black also told SPIN.ph reporter Dodo Catacutan: "(Jarencio) made it personal. I can understand the frustration after the loss, but don’t make it like it’s a ’He’s American and I’m Filipino’ thing. I think it’s unprofessional and I think it's below the belt. I found it mean."
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