San Miguel’s Arwind Santos has also been summoned to the PBA Commissioner’s Office Tuesday for a flagrant infraction on Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson.PBA Images
MANILA, Philippines — PBA commissioner Willie Marcial intends to talk to some players and issue the necessary reminders to keep their temper before the San Miguel Beer-Barangay Ginebra title series gets hotter and testier.
First on deck is San Miguel import Renaldo Balkman, who’s barely back in the PBA on Marcial’s lifting of his lifetime suspension incurred for his infamous on-court outrage in 2013.
He’s had verbal skirmishes with the Ginebra players and with the referees in Game Two Sunday where San Miguel Beer made a big turnaround from a 28-point blowout loss the last time to pull off a vengeful 134-109 win.
Arwind Santos has also been summoned to the PBA Commissioner’s Office Tuesday for a flagrant infraction on Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson.
The PBA commissioner, however, has ruled out imposing suspension on the SMB forward.
Game Two was a lopsided match that turned a bit hostile and chippy towards the end. In a span of a few seconds entering the last five minutes, Santos and Chris Ross were thrown out of the game for a flagrant infraction and a pair of technical fouls, respectively.
Before his ejection, Ross had a heated confrontation with Joe Devance.
But Ginebra coach Tim Cone himself doesn’t expect the opposing sides to be friendly with one another.
“It’s gonna be chippier. I think you’ll see that the whole series,” said Cone. “It’s funny, we’re sister teams but we’re not friendly. Honestly, we’re not friendly with them at all.”
The Ginebra mentor said it’s about pride and beating one another for the ultimate prize in the tourney.
“We see them as a mountain to be conquered and they see us as the main threat to their throne. So there’s no love lost between the two teams,” Cone also said.
SMB coach Leo Austria rued technical fouls being committed with the outcome of the game beyond doubt.
“Sana hindinangyari, but it’s because of intensity. Or maybe, they want to show to their teammates they’re out there ready to fight,” said Austria.
“Can’t blame them. But next time, they should be smart. We can’t afford those technical fouls especially if it’s a close game. As a coach, ayokong mangyari yung ganon,” Austria added.