HOTDOGS PROTEST FEDEX WIN

FEDEX'S JERRY CODINERAPhilsport Arena, May 16, 2003 By NOLI CORTEZ - Claiming it has "solid evidence" to back its claim, Purefoods has placed under protest its 76-77 loss to FedEx last Wednesday in the Samsung PBA All-Filipino Cup at the Philsports Arena.

Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio, assistant Ronnie Magsanoc and team manager Rene Pardo yesterday filed the formal protest at the PBA Commissioner's Office.

The Express won on a finger roll by slotman Jerry Codiņera at the buzzer. Just to make sure, the referees consulted table officials and viewed the slo-mo replay monitor, before declaring that Codiņera's shot beat the clock.

Gregorio, however, said the shot failed to beat the buzzer, claiming a laptop computer they used to view the shot on a frame-by-frame basis clearly showed the ball was still in Codiņera's hand when time expired.

"We have solid evidence there was a technicality," said Gregorio, who added that, based on the computer they used, 2/10ths of a second had passed when the gameclock at the Philsports Arena reached 00.0 and the red light on the backboard lit up.

"What's more, the monitor referred to by the referees showed only one angle from the television which we consider flawed," he said, adding: "If the angle is defective, the ruling is also defective.

"What should have been consulted are the different angles like what our own equipment showed. And they showed Jerry still had the ball in his hand when time expired."

The loss knocked Purefoods out of the running for a quarterfinals slot. Gregorio pointed out this prompted them to exhaust all possible means to try and go for a reversal of the referees' decision.

"That (game) was our conference. And we owe it to the fans and the company na subukan lahat para makakuha ng reversal," he said.

Commissioner Noli Eala is expected to decide on the protest in the next two days.

Action resumes today at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City with Ginebra and Shell facing must-win situations against Red Bull and San Miguel, respectively.

The Kings kept alive their slim hopes of beating Shell for the final quarterfinals slot in Group B by scoring a 99-82 win over Talk N Text last Sunday, snapping their four-game slide.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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