Coach Egay hits back: ‘Si Michael (Calisaan), victim ng maling tawag’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 16, 2017 01:46 PM
Coach Egay hits back: ‘Si Michael, victim ng maling tawag’
DEFENSE-OFFENSE. Egay Macaraya is adamant that San Sebastian main man Michael Calisaan is not a dirty player.

San Sebastian College-Recoletos head coach Egay Macaraya is coming to the defense of his main man.

A day after Michael Calisaan was called “dirty,” Macaraya strongly said otherwise. “Wala talagang ginagawa si Michael. It’s not true na dirty ang ginagawa ni Michael,” he said.

Last Friday, San Beda College mentor Boyet Fernandez had some words to say about Calisaan. “Ayaw kong magkaproblema ako, pero matagal ko nang kino-complain si Calisaan. I really believe he’s a very good player and I always watch him nga ‘cause I want to find ways to stop him,” he said.

He then continued, “But every time I watch his game, I see him punching other guys and nobody’s even making the calls and throwing him out.”

Fernandez said that as at the 3:33 mark of the first quarter of the matchup between the Red Lions and the Golden Stags, Calisaan figured in an incident with Javee Mocon. The two were battling for a rebound when the former’s right forearm appeared to hit the latter’s face.

Referees initially called a disqualifying foul for Calisaan, but after replay reviews, they determined that the incident only warranted an unsportsmanlike foul.

Post-game, Baste’s main man was thankful that replay reviews favored him. “’Di naman po ako siguro dirty player kasi wala akong intensyong manakit. Go hard lang po ako palagi,” he said.

And now, Calisaan’s coach is seconding his statement. “Naaawa ako kasi si Michael, victim ng maling tawag ng referee. As I’ve said, hindi siya dirty player and he is just a victim,” Macaraya said.

He then continued, “Napag-usapan nung tatlong referee pagpunta nila sa commissioner na may proof na hindi tinamaan si Mocon. Nag-boxout lang talaga si Michael kaya ni-downgrade kasi hindi talaga pang-thrown out (yung foul).”

The San Sebastian mentor was not only talking about what happened with Mocon, but also a prior incident with Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Sidney Onwubere.

Then, the King Stag was thrown out for incurring two unsportsmanlike fouls. “Si Onwubere, mula pa sa D-League yan, nagfa-flop talaga para matawagan ng foul. I can prove it to you dahil kalaban ko yan sa D-League,” Macaraya said.

Onwubere played for Racal while Macaraya and Calisaan were both with CafeFrance in the PBA D-League.

Along with coming to the defense of his main man, the Baste coach also had some words for his rival with the Red Lions. “Anong karapatan ni Boyet na tawagin si Michael na ganun? Sinisira ni Boyet dignidad ni Michael as well as the referees and the commissioner,” he exclaimed.

He then continued, “Si Boyet, salita lang nang salita, hindi naman nag-iisip, dun kami naiinis. Sinisira niya reputasyon ni Michael. Nasisira pangalan namin sa ginagawa nila.”

For his part, Fernandez also made it a point to make it clear that he is a fan of Calisaan. “I really love the way Calisaan plays. I even told him, ‘Hey, you’re a good player, but don’t be dirty. Just play your game,’” he said also last Friday.

He then continued, “He has a good future in Philippine basketball, pero physical lang, wag dirty.”

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