LA defends Romeo despite scuffle: He's just frustrated

Paul Lintag on Jun 07, 2017 10:07 AM
LA defends Romeo despite scuffle: He's just frustrated
"I think natural tendency of a player is really to get frustrated especially when things are not going well sa team or sayo as a player. Yun lang yung nangyari." --- LA Tenorio on his altercation with Terrence Romeo. (PBA)

Things got pretty heated between LA Tenorio and Terrence Romeo at the end of the Ginebra-Globalport quarterfinals match in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Tuesday.

With 3:28 to go in the fourth quarter, both guards appeared to got entangled on a rebound play.

But just before the two of them became completely separated, Romeo hit Tenorio with a swinging backfist tha sparked a confrontation between the two.

Words were exchanged between the two premier guards and it took the effort of both head coaches from both teams to ease the situation.

In the end, Romeo was ejected from the game after being called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 while Tenorio was given a technical foul for taunting.

Ginebra wound up winning the game.

Romeo declined to comment afterwards.

Advancing to the semifinals, Tenorio had no problems airing his side on the incident and revealed he was actually surprised that things ended up the way it did.

"I was surprised kasi the whole game, I was playing honest defense lang. Kinakausap ko pa nga siya sa game. I have so much respect on him as a player, that's why I'll defend him like that kasi yung respeto ko sa kanya. Nagulat lang kami," Tenorio said.

With the Batang Pier struggling against Ginebra, the veteran playmaker said that his younger counterpart probably just got consumed by his frustrations.

"I think natural tendency of a player is really to get frustrated especially when things are not going well sa team or sayo as a player. Yun lang yung nangyari," Tenorio said.

"Bottomline is if I'm in his place, I think I'll be frustrated also, but I'm not going to retaliate like that. At the end of the day I think he's just frustrated." he added.

Still, as much as he tries to downplay the altercation, fans watching at the Big Dome and at home saw LA and Romeo exchange what seemed like some pretty nasty words.

Tenorio revealed some details after the fact.

"Sinasabi lang niya na I kept on complaining," LA said on what Romeo was barking about through the entire incident.

"Puro raw ako reklamo. The whole [time], I'm relaxed. I'm just doing my job on defense, yun lang naman ang kailangan kong gawin. I wasn't playing that well offensively," he added.

"Wala akong intention to hurt him. Kung nasaktan man siya, hindi ko sinasadya yun," Tenorio said.

 

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