The PBA has released its verdict on the failure of game officials to waive off Rome dela Rosa’s late triple in the closing minutes of Game 7 of the semifinal series between the Magnolia Hotshots and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
The controversial basket, which clearly came after the shot clock expired, gave the Hotshots a three-point lead, 53-50, with time down to 3:30 in the 4th.
Regulation period ended at 55-all and Magnolia booked a return trip to the Finals of the Philippine Cup opposite sister team San Miguel by outlasting the Elasto Painters in overtime, 63-60.
Referee Sherwin Pineda was slapped with a two-game suspension while table official Carlo Santos, the 24-second shot clock operator, was suspended for the remainder of the conference.
The officials involved failed to act on the late trey which drew a howl or protest from the Rain or Shine bench and from league followers as well.
Commissioner Willie Marcial later on admitted to the blunder but clarified that the shot wasn’t reviewable under existing league rules since it came with more than two minutes left on the game clock.
That rule, however, will be subject to review according to Marcial to prevent a repeat of the unfortunate incident.