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La Salle coach watched how underdog FEU walloped top-seed Ateneo without any referee controversy

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DLSU coach Aldin Ayo was at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday to witness how No. 4 seed FEU stunned No. 1 Ateneo, 80-67, to force a winner-take-all match on Wednesday for the the last seat in the UAAP 80 finals.

Ayo is still probbaly giddy from DLSU’s come-from-behind win against Adamson the previous day which was marred by what Falcons coach Franz Pumaren called was “the worst officiating” he has ever seen.
Pumaren even claimed that his fellow DLSU alumni told him they were embarrased at how he Archers won the game. Pumaren even went out of his way that he was not “outcoached” by Ayo in that travesty of a game.

We don’t know what Ayo thinks but the FEU-Ateneo match showed how him first hand how a college game should be played without the referees calling too many fouls at the expense of one team.

It’s no surprise that even when the Tamaraws showed they were headed for Coach Olsen Racela’s first statement win, not a few fans were worried that the referees might intervene just like they did in the DLSU-Adamson game.

The officials in Sunday’s game were Herrera, Sambarao, and Escubido and they awarded a total of 21 free throws for the entire game – 15 for FEU and six for Ateneo.

In contrast, referees Alejo, Borbe and de Luna gave a total of 44 free throws in Saturday’s game – 39 for Ayo’s players and only five for Pumaren’s team.

Everybody knows a La Salle-Ateneo finals would be the best Christmas gift for the TV and organizers, but we just hope it won’t be at the expense of fair play. It’s heartbreaking to see kids cry because grown-ups fucked it all up.