Chris Ross, Chico Lanete summoned by the PBA to shed light on free throw controversy

ByAllan Lim

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San Miguel Beermen guards Chris Ross and Chico Lanete were called on by the PBA Commissioner’s office, particularly Technical director Eric Castro, to shed more light on the free throw controversy that transpired during the closing seconds of the Brgy. Ginebra vs San Miguel encounter Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Castro, who was just appointed by then OIC Willie Marcial earlier this month, would like to get more information from Ross and Lanete as the league tries to get to the bottom of the confusion that mired the finals 4.5 seconds of the emotionally-charged game eventually won by the Gin Kings to the tune of 100-96.

Along with this, the league is also considering reprimanding the three referees who officiated the game, namely Noy Guevarra, Jimmy Mariano, and Gerry Borja for their failure to assert control over who should really take the free throws.

Guevarra, as clearly seen from the replay video, was waiting for either of the two to take the ball from his hands. Eventually, Ross stepped forward and took the first of two gift shots despite being nowhere near the play where the foul was called on.

To make things worse, neither Mariano nor Borja stepped in to rectify the mistake of Guevarra.

Castro later on admitted during the post-game interview that the game officials, including the barker who announced that Chris Ross would be taking the free throws, may have erred but that doesn’t mean that Ross and Lanete are spared from any wrongdoings.

“To be honest, meron siguro kaming fault dun sa mga referees namin. I won’t deny it. Pero again, the players know kung sino ang shooter talaga,” said Castro.