PBA: When Eric Camson fights, his team wins
Philip Matel on Apr 22, 2018 09:26 PM
When asked about the violent incidents being connected to his teams' victories, Eric Camson was quick to extinguish any possible connections with each other.
Columbian Dyip forward Eric Camson gave little weight to the altercation between him and Blackwater swingman Allein Maliksi in the Dyip's opening day win at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Dyip were leading comfortably by 16, 88-72, just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter when Maliksi drilled a jumpshot. Right before that though, the Elite player hit Ronald Tubid with a well-placed elbow on the stomach area.
Tubid may have exaggerated contact, which caused him to fall down as Maliksi drilled the jumper. Camson then retaliated with an elbow himself, causing the former UST Growling Tiger to push him, just before all hell broke loose.
At the end of it all, both benches were issued technicals and the Dyip drove to their first win, and the top of the conference standings, taking the scenic route.
"Wala naman yun eh, part siguro ng basketball yun. Di ko naman intention eh, kasi di ko rin naman alam... Siya yung bumagsak sakin so kung intended ko, kilala niyo naman ako. Wala naman talaga. Kung nasaktan siya, di ko naman alam. Maganda sakin, nacontrol ko emosyon ko--na hindi na ako um-ano," the forward said after the game.
Coincidentally, for Columbian, who won their first game since Jan. 20, the former Adamson Falcon was also involved in a skirmish against big man Raymond Almazan in a streak-busting win against Rain or Shine at the Cuneta Astrodome.
When asked about the fateful incidents being connected to his teams' victories, Camson was quick to extinguish any possible connections with each other.
"Ayaw kong maging sign yon! Kasi unang-una syempre, ang emotion, salamat nga napigilan ko yung emotions so... binalikan pa niya ako. Gusto naming manalo in a nice way."
Regarding their team's first win in over two months, the team's morale is at an all-time high, with the Ricky Dandan-mentored squad feeling like basking in a shower of confetti.
"Siyempre yung sinsasbi ko nga before... Ang hirap matulog pag talo kami. Ngayon, nabunutan na kami ng tinik. Syempre parang feeling namin... parang nagchampion na kami."
As for making peace with Maliksi, Camson was very much ready to make amends, clarifying that he is not the kind of person to hold grudges.
"Oo naman wala namans aking ano. Siguro nga kahit magkita kami ngayon... Siya lang talaga yung bumalik sakin. Wala naman sakin yon."
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