PBA: “Wala lang sakalan,” Arwind says physicality normal as tempers flare in Game 4

Paul Lintag on Apr 23, 2019 10:44 PM
PBA: “Wala lang sakalan,” Arwind says physicality is normal
The Beermen thrived as the Fuel Masters folded with emotion and San Miguel took a commanding 3-1 lead in the race to four.

Game 4 Tuesday was easily the most physical in the semifinals seriies between defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel and no. 1 ranked Phoenix.

Tempers flared and the game saw ejections, multiple technical fouls, and so many players going down after hits it’s actually hard to keep count.

The most memorable incident though was when Alex Cabagnot appeared to punch RJ Jazul in the nether regions late in the first half causing Alex Mallari to push Cabagnot to the floor in retaliation.

That prompted Mattt Ganuelas-Rosser to rush in in defense of his teammate and there was a mini commotion before both teams were separated. After review, Mallari was ejected for two technical fould and MGR was also called for a tech.

Somehow, Cabagnot got away with everything and he was even the one who shot the technical free throw.

The Beermen thrived then as the Fuel Masters folded with emotion and San Miguel took a commanding 3-1 lead in the race to four.

Still, as emotions remain high and physicality being the main storyline, San Miguel forward Arwind Santos insists that everything is normal.

These are the kind of games you get when you pit two teams with a strong desire to win against each other.

“Very common na satin yan. Pagka talagang semis na at papuntang Finals, pisikalan. Talagang nagkakaroon ng bigayan,” Santos said.

“Nasa amin nang mga players yun kung pano namin iha-handle. Pero syempre umaabot sa point na yon kasi gusto nilang manalo, gusto naming manalo. Kanya-kanyang paraan lang yan,” he added.

The Beermen have mostly handled the physicality well not only this particular series but throughout these playoffs.

San Miguel has kept its cool and rarely engaged and the Beermen surey have no reason to do so now that they’re one win away from making the All-Filipino Finals for a fifth straight year.

Arwind says they will continue to try taking the high road. That is unless things get truly out of hand.

“Very common naman yon at naiintindihan naman pag ka marunong ka mag-basketball, naiintindihan naman na may konting pisikalan lang,” Santos said.

“Basta wala lang sakalan. Yun lang,” he added with a laugh.

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