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Alapag furious but will not blame refs in setback to Slingers

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By Ernest Leo Hernandez

In the loss of Alab Pilpinas in their home game against the Singapore Slingers, head coach Jimmy Alapag was slapped with a technical foul during the final minutes of the game after complaining to the referees that they missed blowing the whistle on Xavier Alexander’s travelling while putting up a shot.

“It was—I will never blame the referees for the loss but that was a bad call, really bad call,” said Alapag
“With the game still in the balance, 6-point game, two minutes left, you make that call – it wasn’t close. I played for a long time, if it was close – ok, fine!”

The funny part was when the referees admit to him that it was indeed a mistake on not making the call.
“They even told me afterwards, it was our fault. Now we are down 10 and you gave me a technical and you count a shot that shouldn’t be counting. It was a big call.”

Nonetheless, Alapag doesn’t want to blame the referees for their loss but fans started throwing water bottles in the court in disgust.

“Again, it was something I wasn’t happy about but that wasn’t what cost us the game. I think Singapore came out and played a better game today.”

“We’ll regroup and it is a heavy month for us with games. The great thing is, we play again on Sunday. The last thing I want is for us to lose a game like tonight and have a 2-week lay-off like we did to start the season. We will look at the tape and we will get better.”