Kings coach takes aim at ref­er­ees

Mercury (Hobart) - - BASKETBALL -

SYD­NEY Kings coach Will Weaver says the NBL has a ref­er­ee­ing is­sue that is hurt­ing away teams.

In his first sea­son in Aus­tralia, Amer­i­can Weaver ad­mits he over-re­acted when ejected as his lad­der lead­ers suf­fered their first loss of the cam­paign, in a heavy­weight show­down with Mel­bourne United on Mon­day night.

But the nor­mally mild men­tor says his emo­tions boiled over in Mel­bourne Arena be­cause of ac­cu­mu­lated frus­tra­tion at the ref­er­ee­ing of road teams.

Weaver was ejected for two tech fouls af­ter he re­mon­strated fu­ri­ously with of­fi­cials fol­low­ing Dil­lon Stith’s push on Jae’Sean Tate just be­fore half­time. “I was an­noyed that Jae’Sean got pushed, and there was a build-up over the course of the half,” Weaver said.

In the wake of Weaver’s com­ments, Scott But­ler has said that the NBL is happy with the stan­dard of of­fi­ci­at­ing so far this sea­son.

“We deal with all teams equally re­gard­less of whether they are play­ing home or away,” he said.

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