One of the four referees who officiated in Game 3 of the Magnolia-TNT best-of-seven 2021 Philippine Cup Finals has been reprimanded and removed from the officiating rotation in the ongoing title series.
The official was sanctioned following a bad call he made during the game last Sunday.
It happened with more than three minutes left in the second quarter and with Magnolia leading 43-39, as Hotshots’ star Paul Lee went for a three-point attempt from near the top of the free-throw circle.
It was at the TV replays that TNT guard Brian Heruela tried to come close and did not touch Lee’s shooting hand or came near his landing spot. But the unnamed referee still called a foul on the Tropang Giga player, drawing howls of protest from the TNT camp.
It was learned that league officials prevented the referee from officiating the rest of the game.
Magnolia won the game, 106-98, and trimmed their series deficit to 1-2.
TNT team owner Manny V. Pangilinan took notice on the officiating in a twitter message.
The four officials who worked the game were Peter Balao, Sherwin Pineda, Janine Nicandro, and Kenny Hallig.