Globalport’s veteran big men Billy Mamaril and Jay Washington called the actions of Alaska’s Calvin Abueva “unnecessary” following their loss in Game Two in the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup semifinals on Wednesday night.
The incidents in question was when Washington and Abueva traded blows in the dying seconds of the first quarter after Dondon Hontiveros gave up the Aces’ foul to give on Batang Pier swingman Anthony Semerad.
Later on in the ballgame, with 3:23 left in the third period, both Washington and Abueva got tangled up again, resulting in the former’s ejection for his second technical foul of the match.
Both Washington and Abueva are expected to be summoned from league Commissioner Chito Narvasa for their actions. Head Coaches Alex Compton and Pido Jarencio of Alaska and Globalport, respectively, are also expected to be reprimanded by Narvasa for their involvement in the incident.
Following the game, Washington said that he had to defend himself from Abueva’s antics, despite the latter’s attempt to lighten up the mood in tapping Washington on the shoulder as the interview was being conducted.
“I was just out there protecting myself,” said Washington. “It’s the playoffs and it’s going to get physical, but the stuff [Abueva] does out there is uncalled for, throwing himself into guys’ knees and all the dirty shit. It’s just unnecessary.”
“Everybody knows me. I don’t play that way. I never played that way. But at the same time, I have to protect myself as a player. If he’s doing it, well…that’s the funny part of the call second motion, if the referees call the first motion then there would be no second motion,” he added.
Mamaril, a 12-year veteran serving as the team’s captain, seconded Washington’s remarks and derided the Aces actions as mere “acting” jobs.
“Some of those stuff shouldn’t be given much attention, then nothing will be shown for it. It’s not really physical because it was more physical before and I guess it’s the new rule and they don’t want anything drastic to happen,” said Mamaril.
“For me [the game] wasn’t physical at all. It was [mostly] acting,” he added.
“[The referees] were just controlling the game because it’s the playoffs and both teams are playing hard. A little bump here, and a little bump there. We should not make something out of it. Some players are just goading the referee to make a call. That’s what I think.”