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Chot Reyes escapes ban; slapped with PHP50,000 fine for outburst in TNT Tropang Giga defeat

TNT Tropang Giga coach Chot Reyes was visibly incensed and directed a tirade at officials following his team's 94-92 loss to Magnolia Hotshots in the 2022-23 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday. PBA Media Bureau

The PBA slapped a 50,000-peso fine on TNT Tropang Giga coach Chot Reyes for his outburst following his team's 94-92 loss to Magnolia Hotshots on Wednesday night, deputy commissioner Eric Castro told ESPN.

TNT team manager Jojo Lastimosa, meanwhile, was fined PHP20,000.

"The Office of Commissioner will fine coach Chot for crossing the court to confront the game officials and the technical table," Castro said. "In addition, he was also heard and seen for his continuous tirade at the officials after the game and while exiting the South Gate of Smart Araneta Coliseum."

After the final buzzer, a visibly incensed Reyes charged towards the table officials to complain about the officiating in the dying seconds of the game. to restrain him.

Reyes was apparently protesting a shooting foul called on TNT's Calvin Oftana on Paul Lee with 4.3 seconds left that paved the way for the latter to break a 92-all deadlock through two free throws.

With no timeouts left, the Tropang Giga's Kib Montalbo rushed downcourt but passed the ball at the last second to RR Pogoy, who was unable to get off a shot in time.

After the game, Reyes exited the TNT locker room and was heard shouting in the direction of the officials before leaving the venue without talking to the media.

Castro said that camera footage confirmed that Oftana did in fact foul Lee.

"After the game, I went to the OB (outside broadcast) van of TV5 right away to look at different angles (of the call)," Castro said. "What I got was the goal camera clearly showed that Calvin fouled Paul Lee."

Castro added that Lastimosa was also fined for crossing the court and approaching the officials.

"No member of any team is allowed to approach the commissioner's row or technical committee group table before, during or after a game," Castro said.

Reyes drew a heavier fine, Castro added, for his actions in the dugout area.

"He was heard and seen shouting by a lot of people while exiting the south gate (of the Smart-Araneta Coliseum)," Castro explained. "He repeatedly said something not good."

Playing their first game since bowing to San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Cup finals, the Tropang Giga nearly pulled off a big win despite playing without stars Jayson Castro, Mikey Williams, Poy Erram, Glenn Khobuntin and Ryan Reyes.