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Controversial Missed Call in Ginebra vs Magnolia Leads to Referee Suspensions

The officiating crew that worked Sunday’s Commissioner’s Cup game between Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra has been suspended by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) over a missed call that marred the dying seconds of the Manila Clasico at Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA Deputy commissioner Eric Castro confirmed the suspension of Peter Balao, Marty Montoya, Joel Baldago, and Julius Medillo after no foul was called on Mark Barroca when he stopped Scottie Thompson from scoring a layup in the latter part of the contest won by the Hotshots, 93-91. Ginebra was down one when Thompson went for the go-ahead basket and no whistle was heard. A visibly upset coach Tim Cone tried to go for the challenge but the Gin Kings had already exhausted their timeouts. The officiating crew failed to call a foul (missed call) on Barroca against Thompson in the last 11.5 seconds of the fourth quarter,” Castro said. It was the second straight game day that the league handed sanctions on officials for errant calls. One of the referees who officiated Saturday’s match between Terrafirma and NLEX was also suspended after a foul was called on the Dyip’s Andreas Cahilig while trying to block Road Warriors import Thomas Robinson’s reverse layup. Replays showed that Cahilig did not hit Robinson during the play. Terrafirma prevailed 113-112 after Robinson missed the second of his two foul throws.