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Scuffle breaks out anew between Phoenix, San Miguel

FILE – Alex Cabagnot in Game 3 of the PBA semifinals between San Miguel and Phoenix. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—The highly-physical play between top seed Phoenix and defending champion San Miguel Beer picked up where it left off in a crucial Game 4 of their Philippine Cup semifinals series Tuesday night.

A scuffle broke out after Beermen playmaker Alex Cabagnot appeared to have hit Fuel Masters guard RJ Jazul with a closed fist below the belt late in the second quarter.

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Jazul’s teammate Alex Mallari then pushed Cabagnot before having a heated exchange of words with San Miguel’s Matt Ganuelas-Rosser.

The referees quickly stepped in to pacify the situation before proceeding to review the incident.

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Mallari got tossed after picking up two technical fouls, one for second motion and the other for verbal altercation. Ganuelas-Rosser was also called for a technical for the verbal spat.

Surprisingly, no call was made against Cabagnot.

As of posting time, the Beermen, who are eyeing a commanding 3-1 series lead, are currently up, 59-48, at halftime.

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