Frustrated Sydney coach Chase Buford has taken aim at the refereeing in the Kings’ game-four grand final loss to New Zealand, before storming out of his post-game press conference.
The Kings were held to their lowest-ever score in a championship game and blew a golden opportunity to seal back-to-back titles in an 80-70 loss in front of a crowd of 9742 at Spark Arena — a record in New Zealand.
The Breakers made it known, following game three, they had lost the foul count and shot fewer free throws than their opponent in each of their previous six playoff contests.
Buford believes that influenced the whistle on Sunday — the Breakers won the foul count 20-17 and shot 26 free throws to the Kings’ 14.
“They were allowed to get away with stuff they weren’t allowed to in the first few games,” a simmering Buford said, post game.
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