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Ginebra given until noon to put QF loss to protest

Greg Slaughter's dominating performance was put to waste when Ginebra lost, but the game's controversial finish gave the team an option to protest it. PBA
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--With a controversial ending to its PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal game on Sunday night against GlobalPort a strong ground, Ginebra may likely put the match to protest.

With that, Media Bureau Chief Willie Marcial said to some sportswriters after the game that the Gin Kings' management has until 12 p.m. of Monday to file an appeal which stemmed from the said bizarre climax of the Batang Pier's win.

Stanley Pringle got a hand-off from Billy Mamaril near the halfcourt line with 7.6 seconds remaining in the game with GlobalPort up, 84-83.

Sol Mercado and Greg Slaughter came to double team Pringle and forced him to keep hold of the ball before the latter forced to give it up when he was close to be slapped with a backing violation.

Coach Tim Cone, however, got upset the officials' table when he thought the referees failed to call a five-second ball-hogging infraction on Pringle and let GlobalPort burn the remaining time to escape with the victory for its first-ever PBA semifinal stint.

A careful view of the replay by Dugout Philippines showed that Pringle held the ball with two hands for 6.1 seconds, more than the time limit set for a player to hold on to the ball without dribbling.

Marcial explained that should Ginebra push through with the protest, the team should also shell out PHP20 thousand as bond fee.

Cone refrained from talking about the team's post-game actions.

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