Nash Racela on controversial Game 3: “Obviously, it was a perfectly officiated ballgame”

ByAllan Lim

PBA Media Bureau

TNT KaTropa head coach Nash Racela was fined P10,000 not too long ago for voicing out his displeasure on the officiating. He is the type of bench tactician who wouldn’t think twice on blasting the PBA and its game officials for the quality of its officiating.

And after Game 3 of the 2017 Governors’ Cup Semifinals pitting his team against the defending champion Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel, Racela once again had choice words for the officials who called the game.

“Obviously, it was a perfectly officiated ball game, you can’t really question the obvious,” said Racela who looked serious enough but was obviously overflowing with sarcasm as his team moved one game away from being eliminated.

The neophyte coach was whistled for a technical foul after TNT import Glen Rice Jr. figured in a scuffle with Brgy. Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer who was playing his first game after being sidelined for two weeks with a slight cheek fracture.

That wasn’t the end of it as Racela figured in a verbal altercation with Brgy. Ginebra Governor Alfrancis Chua as both teams were on their way to their locker rooms.

TNT was called for 30 fouls and were awarded 14 free throws while Brgy. Ginebra was whistled for 22 fouls and were awarded 43 free throws.

“The referees did their part, did their best, in calling the game,” added Racela.