UAAP: Arvin T. doesn’t want to be judged because of those DQ fouls

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 14, 2018 06:32 PM
Arvin T. doesn’t want to be judged because of those DQ fouls
For the second time in three games, Arvin Tolentino incurred a disqualifying foul

Late in the match-up between Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas, Arvin Tolentino was called for a disqualifying foul. 

Tolentino was trying to defend Growling Tiger Zach Huang who had the ball, but instead, the former’s hand got caught near the latter’s face. 

Huang was awarded two free throws, making both which proved to be the cherry on top of the cake that was UST’s victroy versus the Tamaraws. 

For Tolentino, what he did was indeed more than a regular foul. 

However, in his eyes, he shouldn’t have been ejected.

“It’s unsportsmanlike talaga kasi above the shoulder. Aaminin ko yun, pero hindi DQ, di ba,” he said. 

He then continued, “Unsportsmanlike foul, yeah, pero bakit disqualified agad? Inaamin ko naman na masakit talaga, pero unsportsmanlike, yun yung tama.” 

This isn’t the first time that the graduating forward got for himself a disqualifying foul. 

A week ago, he was also ejected for his foul on Adamson’s Sean Manganti and, as such, had to serve a one-game suspension in their next assignment last Wednesday. 

And on his first game back in action, Tolentino was again ejected – making that twice and three games that he got for himself a disqualifying foul. 

With that, of course, there have come questions about his style of play – and he only acknowledges such. “For sure, for sure, may masasabi especially the people who watch the games only and hindi naman naglalaro. Siyempre, hindi naman nila naiintindihan kung bakit ganun kasi that’s part of basketball,” he said. 

In that light, the former Rookie of the Year wants to make one thing clear – it’s never his intention to hurt anybody. “Maraming basketball players ang nakakakuha ng reputasyon, mapa-NBA, mapa-PBA, mapa-amateur. Sana lang, outside basketball, iba na siguro yung taong yun,” he shared. 

He then continued, “’Di mo naman pwede I-judge yung tao based dun sa nangyari kasi may mga bagay na ‘di maiiwasan, ‘di sinasadya.” 

And so, Tolentino yet again apologized to Huang. “I just wanna apologize to the UST fans and Zach, wala naman akong intensyon,” he said. 

He then continued, “Nakita naman kanina, I was going for the ball tapos medyo bumaba siya so dun inabot.” 

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