Ben Mbala heard you mention his name, Nash Racela

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 25, 2016 07:54 PM
Ben Mbala heard you mention his name, Nash Racela
Screengrab from Ben Mbala's Twitter (@benmbala)

Nash Racela called out game officials for what he deemed a “questionable call” that led to the disqualification of Far Eastern University starter Ron Dennison.

As he put it, “I mean, if they will call that touch foul on Dennison tapos sila (DLSU’s Ben) Mbala kung manulak, ina-allow nila, dapat si Mbala 20 fouls na every game. So mali, I think those were really questionable calls today.”

At the 2:48 mark of the final frame of the matchup between the Tamaraws and the University of the Philippines, referees called a disqualifying foul Dennison – causing an automatic ejection. Replays showed, however, that he did not do anything to UP’s Paul Desiderio who fell to the floor while seemingly writhing in pain.

While “questionable call” is still up for debate and review by the commissioner’s office, someone who wasn’t even on the court – let alone the venue – didn’t appear to appreciate his name being dragged into the discussion.

“He had to mention my name,” Mbala tweeted an hour after reports about Racela’s statement was published.

Through five games in the tournament, De La Salle University’s hulking Cameroonian had been called for 16 personal fouls. Meaning, he averages 3.2 fouls per game.

Of course, the Green Archers and the Tamaraws have maintained a very intimate relationship dating from their preseason tuneup game to their first meeting in the season.

ABS-CBN Sports is still trying to reach Racela for comment.

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