Rugged Texters-Aces semis series resumes


SAN MIG COFFEE forward Marc Pingris tries to barrel past the defense of burly Rain or Shine big man JR Quiñahan during Game 4 of their semifinal showdown in the PBA Philippine Cup. The two teams were playing at press time. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Save for a wad of money as payment for fines, Alaska will have a complete lineup when it tries to level its best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup Final Four series with Talk ‘N Text today at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Cyrus Baguio escaped suspension but was slapped a P30,000 fine by the Office of the Commissioner yesterday for his hard tackle on Jason Castro in the fourth quarter of a 79-93 loss to the Tropang Texters on Wednesday.

And that’s good news for the Aces, who certainly cannot afford to lose a second straight game in their 6:45 p.m. clash with the “three-peat”-seeking Texters and be buried in a 3-1 hole against the most formidable team in the conference.

Gabby Espinas was also fined P5,000 for his participation in a near-brawl in the third quarter, while super rookie Calvin Abueva was meted a total of P7,400 in penalties for a technical foul and a flagrant foul 1 infraction.

Sonny Thoss of Alaska and Jared Dillinger and Kelly Williams of Talk ‘N Text were also slapped P1,000 fines for technical fouls in  the series that has taken a rugged turn.

“It looks like it would be a long series, and I expect it to continue to be physical in future games. We just have to be ready for it,” Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black said after taking a 2-1 lead.

Alaska  coach Luigi Trillo admitted that they got outplayed in Game 3.

“They out-hustled us. Give them credit, they played their identity,” Trillo said. “They were tougher defensively. We didn’t have that resolve today. They ate my guys up.”

Baguio hit Castro in the face with a forearm during a fastbreak play, and though the Alaska swingman has never had a reputation of being a dirty player, he was immediately tossed out of the game because of a FF2 call.

The former UST ace in the UAAP appeared before commissioner Chito Salud yesterday morning and gave his side. He admitted to not being able to play for the ball and that he was really thinking of giving a hard foul.

“There was no blatant follow through of Baguio’s arm as he was going for Castro’s face,” Salud said in a statement. “It was decidedly sheer momentum on his part that largely caused the hard contact on Castro.”

The winner of this series will battle the survivor of the Rain or Shine-San Mig Coffee matchup which the Elasto Painters lead, 2-1.

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  • SolidBasketball

    boring PBA games walang ginebra

  • ben987654321

    why is it that when TNT dishes out some rough stuff, it’s OK! talk about dirty players, look at ranidel, alapag, castro, they did some rough stuff to jazul, baguio, abueva, heck even ali peek elbowed a puny baguio. bakit yon ok? but when TNT is on the receiving end, they whine like girls – like some fans here

  • Constantine

    Since Trillo’s job is on the line he encourages his players to win at all cost. Baguio waas never a dirty player but just look at him now, he is ready to kill anybody on his path. This is a classic example of the survival mode of Trillo. I hope that the TNT players will not stoop down to the level of Trillo.

    • ben987654321

      same with black, he inherited a supposed “mighty” team that is expected to go all the way to the championship. if he doesn;t deliver heck his job is on the line too? inf act TNT has more to lose than alaska bec they were not expected to reach this far. don;t worry TNT players will not stoop to the level of trillo bec some of them are already there. alapag elbowing jazul in the chin twice, peek elbowing baguio, ranidela nd castro taking turns at abueva. it’s TNT who’s trying to get the goat of abueva and not the other way around. pangilinana sepnt so much money on TNT that he expects championship everytime that’s why black is hardpressed to win

      • juanito_magallon

        sabi ko na nga eh! kaya pala parang galit ang alaska! hahaha!

  • Constantine

    Salud should be moved to MMA as its Commissioner since he actively promotes hooliganism in the PBA. Or probably he can create another world boxing council organization and become its CEO/President. Salud promotes playing dirty in the PBA. He seemed to get high every time most rugged Alaska and ROS players hit their prey. This Salud is a disgrace to the PBA. He should promote boxing and/or MMA matches instead!

  • ben987654321

    why was baguio thrown out when aban also did the same to abueva in game 2? castro also hit abueva in the face trying to fight off a pick – kuno, pasimple. if ever thsi series started rough and dirty TNT started it. aalska is never a team considered as rough

    • Constantine

      Abueva is as dirty player as his face. Abueva deserves to be hit in the face, nape, head, etc. He is not only a rugged or a physical player. Abueva is a dirty player. He was called squatter in the NCAA for his dirty and uncivilized style of play!

      • ben987654321

        in case you got some girlie tendencies i don;t care whether a player looks like a martian. pare yung look only count sa mga bakla – tulad mo!

  • jayemdee_412

    In order to minimize if not totally eradicate flagrant fouls,  the PBA instead penalize the player who committed a flagrant foul with a hefty find equivalent to his annual salary.

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