PBA: Lee, Ross downplay on-court spat
Philip Matel on Feb 10, 2019 11:15 PM
Before the fracas, both guards were bumping bodies in the second quarter as Ross was called for a backcourt violation at the 8:19 mark. (Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau)
Following their on-court incident, opposing guards Paul Lee and Chris Ross gave little attention to their brouhaha, dismissing it merely as part of the game.
With San Miguel teetering at 3-3 and Magnolia at 0-1, both teams were in desperation mode to get the win, thus the extra chippiness Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Before the fracas, both guards were bumping bodies in the second quarter as Ross was called for a backcourt violation at the 8:19 mark.
After that, Lee elbowed Ross in the hip and was valled for a personal. In retaliation, the Fil-Am shoved the UE alumnus and was called for an offensive foul.
Both players were dismissive after the game as cooler heads and San Miguel prevailed in the matchup, 113-92.
The duo also hummed the same tune in the post-game interviews.
"It's a part of the game so pisikal lang talaga. Part of the game. Normal lang naman yun. Basketball yung nilalaro namin," said Lee.
"Just playing basketball, man. Body bumpin' is part of the game. Refs caught him and called fouls, so that was that," Ross explained.
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