PBA: Kelly Nabong was just trying to protect his teammates
Philip Matel on May 20, 2018 08:59 PM
Kelly Nabong cleans his hands on the incident that led to his ejection: "I'm not here to start fights. I'm here to end them and protect my players."
Globalport's Kelly Nabong was embroiled in another fight in the PBA, this time, he said that he did not instigate the incident, just merely protecting his own teammates.
Nabong was involved in a scrum against Rain or Shine's Maverick Ahanmisi with over three minutes to go in the game. The two parties involved were ejected from the game due to a "fighting foul".
Beau Belga dove for the loose ball and got a time out, but Globalport's Sean Anthony leaped towards the burly center. As Maverick Ahanmisi scraped off Anthony, Nabong took exception before all hell broke loose.
"Why would you push another player on the ground when you already got the foul? I'm going to protect my team, my players, my coaches, management. I don't start fights. I end them and protect."
The forward did not object to his ejection, and even blew kisses as he waved goodbye to the Batang Pier's fanbase.
The 6'5 Nabong offered up an explanation for the incident. "I wasn't even in the scuffle. It's more of protection. My teammates were in the ground trying to get a jump ball. My teammates are trying to get up and little point guard pushed my player back on the ground. Me as a big man I'm trying to protect my players. I'm not here to start fights. I'm here to end them and protect my players."
With the physical game helping douse fuel to the fire, the enforcer rued that more fouls should have been called by the referees to help control the physicality and emotions of the game. However, it wasn't the ejection that drew the frustration of Nabong, but the 96-90 decision that went to ROS' favor.
"Whole game was physical. I was a little surprised but at the end of the day they made the judgment call and kicked me out. Thats fine. Game's over with. We lost."
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