TNT active consultant Mark Dickel refused to put the blame on officiating after the KaTropa absorbed a heart-breaking 127-125 double overtime loss to San Miguel in Game 2 of the best-of-seven Finals series in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Terrence Jones, the leading candidate for the Best Import of the Conference award, was thrown out of the game for picking up his 2nd technical foul in the closing seconds of the first overtime followed by the disqualification of Troy Rosario in the second extra period due to 6 fouls.
Rosario still finished as the team’s top scorer with 34 points highlighted by 8 of 12 shooting from 3-point country while Jones added a second best 28 markers on top of 13 boards, 7 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocks.
While the absence of the two was a key factor in the defeat, Dickel insisted that it would’ve been a different story had Brian Heruela and Rosario converted their free throws.
“We still controlled our destiny in the game. If we hit our free throws, we could have won the game. And they played a good game. The last thing I want to do is take away the fact that they deserved to win the game out there playing hard and playing well,” said the 42-year old native of Dunedin, New Zealand.
While Dickel was concerned about some calls, he would rather put it behind and give credit to the Beermen for playing a great game.
“Look, it’s not good to worry about that because anytime you bring that up, you lessen the fact that San Miguel played a great game. They played a good game. When you win, you don’t worry about officiating. When you lose, that’s an issue. If you got eyes, you see what’s going on,” he explained.