ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Spanish basketball coach Mario Pesquera took out his frustrations on his American counterpart Thursday.
Late in the United States' 102-94 win over Spain, and with the outcome no longer in doubt, a time out was called by the Americans.
Pesquera felt his previously unbeaten team was being embarrased by that decision and he yelled at USA coach Larry Brown at the end of the contest.
Not even an explanation of what happened could calm Pesquera.
In international basketball, a time out has to be requested by a coach and it is given only when play stops.
After an American turner, and with 90 seconds left in an eight-point game, Brown asked for a time out. By the time played stopped, the Americans had put the game away. Brown tried to call off the time out to no avail.
"I tried to apologize and explain to the Spanish coach, but he didn't want to listen," Brown said.
Pesquera was not pleased, even after the apology.
"I had a lot of respect for Coach Brown, but when you do something wrong, you can't always say 'I'm sorry'," Pesquera said.