What’s wrong with ‘garbage time’ points if quotient system is in play?



With the outcome of the game already decided, Marcio Lassiter let loose a three-pointer from way downtown that hit the mark and padded the final lead of the San Miguel Beermen from 10 to 13 over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The final score was 111-98. Yancy de Ocampo even attempted one more time before the final buzzer sounded but his shot was way off.

Gabe Norwood lost his cool over those garbage time attempts and confronted several SMB players and members of the coaching staff.

If you’re wondering why Norwood blew his top, this is because there is an unwritten rule in basketball that if the game is already beyond reach then the proper thing to do for the winning team during the final seconds of the game if they have possession would be to just dribble the time out, as a sign of courtesy and respect to the losing squad.

In the PBA, however, a quotient system is in place and would be used in the event that teams are tied after the elimination round to determine their placing in the playoffs.

If the Beermen and the Elasto Painters end up tied for first place along with at least one more team, then that extra three point shot converted by Lassiter could eventually come into play.

TV anchors Magoo Marjon and Quinito Henson felt that the Beermen should have just wasted the time instead of attempting those three-pointers.

But the thing is, with the quotient system in play, every point counts and this could spell the difference for any team that would end up tied with others. It could mean having a twice to beat advantage going into the next round or simply not going there at all. The stakes are definitely high.

Making an attempt while there’s still time left on the clock is simply thinking quotient for both the winning and losing team.

Some coaches would even call a timeout even with their teams down by big margins with the main objective of bringing the lead down. Not about winning anymore, but simply about quotient.

While respect is important, being practical is too. Especially when the fate of your team could all boil down to a single point. – Ronald Agbada

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