PBA: Free throws attempts under the microscope in TNT-Ginebra series

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  • Ginebra attempted 43 shots from the free throw line in Game 3, against TNT's 14
  • TNT shot 35 attempts from the free throw line in Game 2, while Ginebra shot 18
  • Game 4 set for Sunday at the Big Dome

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) — After the final buzzer rang in Game 3 of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors' Cup series between Barangay Ginebra and the TNT KaTropa, the stat sheets from the games were handed out to the teams and the press.

Read: PBA: Ginebra retakes semis series lead over TNT in heated contest, 106-103

With Ginebra coach Tim Cone addressing the media after their 106-103 victory over TNT, questions were raised about the game's officiating and the most eye-popping disparity on the stat sheet.

For TNT supporters, a look at the numbers would raise an eyebrow, with Ginebra attempting 43 free throws on the night against the KaTropa's 14 attempts.

But Cone was quick to point out the reversal in their Game 2 defeat.

"We gave up 35 free throws last game?" Cone said. "We were the more aggressive team tonight, we went to their line a lot because we were the more aggressive team tonight. They were the more aggressive team in Game 2."

In Game 2, the KaTropa attempted 35 shots from the charity stripe, while Ginebra shot only 18 attempts.

"I don't care what Talk 'N Text may say, that's the way it is," Cone added. "You're the more aggressive team, you get to the free throw line."

Cone admitted that in Game 2 he was disappointed with the officiating, saying the KaTropa were beating them up.

"We will see what happens in Game 4," Cone added. "To me, this is just tit for tat, like I said, we gave up 35 free throws to them (in the) last game."

Aggressive TNT

"Obviously, it was a perfectly officiated ball game. You can't really question the obvious, I think the referees did their part, did their best in calling the game," TNT coach Nash Racela said.

He also had a different take on how his team played.

"We were also aggressive today. Glen Rice kept on attacking the basket, so I don't know what coach Tim was talking about," Racela said. "We all know why we got a lot of free throws the last game, because they really fouled us. Today I think we really fouled them, that's why they got a lot of free throws."

Despite the high free throw attempt discrepancy, the KaTropa stayed within a breath of extending the game into overtime. It isn't ideal, but Racela said he anticipates the possibility of a similar scenario.

"I think in the next game, we will foul them a lot again, and they will get a lot of free throws again next game," Racela conceded. "We just have to find ways again."

Racela also praised his players' efforts in keeping them in the game until the very last possession.

"I'm happy that our players gave their best, and gave ourselves a chance," Racela added.

Game 4 of the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals between Barangay Ginebra and the TNT KaTropa will take place on Sunday evening at the Big Dome.