PBA: Fourth quarter of Game 2 filled with color as teammates Santos, Ross ejected
Philip Matel on Jul 29, 2018 09:34 PM
A heated fourth quarter between San Miguel and Ginebra outshadows Game 2 of the Commissioner's Cup Finals.
Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals was marred by two ejections in the final period, which led to two San Miguel Beermen exiting the game early.
Arwind Santos was the first to be ejected, after landing a vicious elbow to Scottie Thompson's stomach, which in turn led to Thompson writhing in pain for about a minute before recovering.
The 2011 PBA MVP Santos was assessed a flagrant foul penalty two and was immediately booted out of the playing court with 10:18 left in the game with the Beermen comfortably ahead, 119-99.
Of course, the mostly partisan-Ginebra crowd did not make the ejection quiet as they serenaded the San Miguel forward with a chorus of boos. Santos in return stayed true to his moniker and showed the Spiderman gesture as he walked towards the Smart-Araneta Coliseum tunnel.
Five minutes later, Chris Ross followed suit, as he incurred his second technical foul of the game.
Ross was hit by a wayward elbow by Joe Devance as he tried to rebound the ball with 5:03 left. Players from both teams argued as the guard just stood on the baseline, waiting for the verdict.
The former PBA Finals MVP Ross then wondered why he got his second technical, got a few words of encouragement from teammate Marcio Lassiter and even took a high-five with Ginebra team governor Alfrancis Chua before heading to the locker room.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone is well aware of the animosity between the two teams, and predicts more fireworks in the upcoming games.
"We're sister teams, but obviously, we're not friendly," Cone said in the post-game press conference.
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