While Coach Leo Austria is preparing his troops to go to war with the Alaska Aces once again for the PBA Philippine Cup, he reflects on the play that brought June Mar Fajardo to the ground that there should have been at least a call from the referees against Rain or Shine’s Jireh Ibanes.
“If they saw it, there should be a flagrant foul,” Austria said.
Austria recalls that on Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup Semi-Finals, the play that injured Rain or Shine’s Jericho Cruz with Marcio Lassiter’s desperation to keep the game alive.
“Look what happened to Marcio (Lassiter) and Jericho Cruz. It’s not a flagrant foul but they called one because of what they saw. It was just an ordinary foul.”
“But what happened to June Mar (Fajardo), there was no foul. They did not see that,” said a confused Austria, who also expressed the inconsistency of the calls of PBA officials.
Now that the San Miguel Beermen are still hopeful for a early recovery for Fajardo, he just hopes that Jireh Ibanes had clean intentions with his actions inside the basketball court.
“I hope it is not intentional but on the replay… it should have been a foul. There are too many fouls not called especially down the stretch.”
Austria also expressed his desire to see the true talents of the players by playing clean basketball.
“I’m vocal for clean basketball because I want to see the beauty of basketball (and) the talent of the player. I want to see the dunk of the players and the beautiful layups not the banging.”
Still, there are mixed reports on Fajardo’s recovery time from the injury. The San Miguel Beermen now prepares for the worst and still hopeful that they can get the defend their championship even without their franchise player.