NCAA: Frustration grows for San Sebastian coach after disqualification

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San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya. Tristan Tamayo’s photo/

MANILA, Philippines—San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya has expressed displeasure over the run after he was thrown into the Stags’ crucial clash with the College of St. Benilde on Tuesday.

Macaraya committed two technical fouls and was sent off in the second half after requesting a review of a play in which Benilde’s Carlo Lim was fouled on the head with four seconds left before half-time.

“It’s frustrating what happened. I want to justify my side, this is the second time the referee has wronged the judgment in the coach’s challenge. They had instructions and when we had a big game against San Beda we did a challenge within eight seconds, so we asked for the challenge and they said it’s not allowed, like today,” said Macaraya, who suffered a double injury after. Stags went on to lose, 83-78, shutting down their Four Finals hopes.

In the game against San Beda last November 6, San Sebastian also lost close, 82-79.

Macaraya said he intends to file a formal complaint against the referees even though his team is out of dispute.

“For us, we wanted to file a complaint, but then the game was over. Whoever apologizes, I don’t care,” Macaraya said.

“Mancom (the NCAA regulatory committee) said, if we have a complaint, we have to file a formal complaint. This is the second time so we may have to apply because we have proof,” he added.

Despite San Sebastian’s failure to reach the Finals, Macaraya found a silver lining with the arrival of rookie Rhinwil Yambing.

“This is not a miracle but Yambing has a lot of potential. I watched him play and he was phenomenal. We’ve seen that and I know he still has to grow and gain weight,” he said.

Yambing won a top 36 in a season built on 11 trios on Friday in a 92-74 win over Jose Rizal University.

However, the striker only played 4 minutes and 30 seconds against CSB after leaving the game early with a cut above his right eye. He’s suspected for the remaining three games of the Golden Stags.

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