Louie Alas calls for drastic changes in officiating, suggests hiring foreign referees

Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas has called on the league to implement drastic changes in officiating after another frustrating night wherein his team was blown off the court by Terrence Jones and the TNT KaTropa, 114-88, Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

A visibly irked Alas said that he sees no improvement with officiating as the referees continue to make the same mistakes, game after game. And it’s something he has already discussed with league technical head Eric Castro.

“Sabi ko nga kay Eric, you can put me on record, I have nothing against officiating. I know honest kayong lahat. Pero paulit-ulit ang turo at hindi natututunan, I have to make some drastic action. Masakit man gawin, pero kapag hindi natututo, dapat palitan na,” said the former Letran Knights coach in the NCAA.

“Walang problema sa integrity. I know honest mistake. Pero kung paulit-ulit na mistake, I don’t know. Araw araw kayong nagtetraining, wala naman kayong pagkukulang pero hindi lang naman ako ang nagrereklamo,” he added.

Alas would also like the league to invest more on officiating.

“Minsan, nagso-sorry lang pero kung paulit-ulit ang sorry, walang mangyayari diyan. Napakalaki nitong PBA. Napakagandang institution. Mag-invest tayo ng maganda dito. Isang investment natin is officiating. Doon tayo mag-invest para mas lalong gumanda,” he said.

The 55-year old mentor even hinted that using foreign referees would not only improve the quality of officiating but could also bring back the fans’ interest in the league.

“Gagastos tayo ng malaki pero sasabihin ko sa inyo, kung gusto bumalik yung audience natin uli. Sayang yung liga natin. Napakalaki tapos magpe-prepare ang mga coaches at matatalo ka lang sa ganyang sitwasyon. I’m not saying this game. Yung mga previous games,” said Alas.

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