While Motolite ended their first round campaign on a high note, it didn’t go down without controversy as head coach Godfrey Okumu criticized the officiating in their earlier clash against the Choco Mucho Flying Titans.
In a post-game interview, the Motolite head coach aired his frustration over crucial calls by the referees that almost cost them the game.
“I really don’t understand. How bad can they be? How can they not see things that even the crowd is seeing?” Okumu said.
“If it’s good officiating, it’s good. But if it’s bad, it’s bad. But I can’t blame them—I believe they have room for improvement,” he added.
Motolite pulled off its sixth win of the conference as they escaped the Flying Titans in five sets, 25-27, 15-25, 25-18, 25-17, 18-16, earlier in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.
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After a bad showing in the first two sets, Motolite got their game together by finishing strong in the next two sets to take the game to a decider.
However, the final stretch saw drama as the fifth set became plagued with crucial calls contested by both coaches.
While Motolite eventually got the last laugh in the match, Okumu refused to let the controversial officiating go as he pointed out the referees’ ‘double standards’.
“You know, there are two different people here: the coach on one side and the coach on the other side. This coach makes noise about the same call or mistake that the referee made, they get a yellow card. This other coach makes the same noise about the same mistake that was made by the opponent, they don’t get a yellow card,” Okumu said.
“So you’re left to wonder: why the double standard? I’m sorry to say this. Am I too tall that they would cease me when I make noise?” he added.
Motolite saw total team effort with five players in double digits, with Tots Carlos and Isa Molde providing the one-two punch anew with 23 points each.
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– Five double digit scorers for Motolite, w/ Carlos & Molde with 23 points each. Molde also with a triple-double
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While Okumu was happy with the team’s collective performance, he said it was also his job to fight for his team amid the controversial officiating.
“They can believe the team will always fight, that’s what we need to do. But as a coach, I have to complain things, the calls that have not been called,” Okumu said.
“They don’t listen to my captains—they just send them back. Sometimes I have control, but sometimes it’s just too much. I’m frustrated as a coach, very frustrated with this,” he added.
Motolite looks to start their second round campaign on a strong note as they go up against the Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers on Wednesday.