UAAP: David Murrell didn't mean to be disrespectful with that late-game dunk
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 03, 2018 09:41 PM
David Murrell will only learn from his error late in UP's victory versus NU (FILE PHOTO)
ANTIPOLO – Both the University of the Philippines and National University acknowledged that something wrong happened late in their game on Saturday at the Ynares Center here.
Fighting Maroon David Murrell went up for a highlight two-handed dunk with his team way ahead, the Bulldogs no longer doing anything to keep the contest close, and just nine seconds remained on the clock.
It is an unwritten rule of sportsmanship in basketball that when one team is already way ahead, the opposing team is no longer doing anything to keep the contest close, and less than 24 seconds remain on the clock, there are no more baskets to be made.
And so, NU was clearly not happy with what happened.
For his part, Murrell said that he was just looking for a spread his wings. “To be honest, I just saw an opening and wanted to dunk it. I didn’t mean to (be) disrespectful. I just wanted to dunk the ball to be honest,” he said.
He then continued, “I usually do that back home. It’s kinda normal back home, but I guess here, they thought it was disrespectful.”
Without a doubt, the Bulldogs didn’t appreciate what he did. “They gave me bad looks,” the Filipino-Canadian rookie said.
Afterward, State U head coach Bo Perasol made it a point to point out to his high-flying forward what he did wrong. “We have to understand that he wanted to get into his groove. For the longest time, he wants to show his stuff, but regardless of the reason, that was wrong,” he said.
He then continued, “He’s a young guy. He’s got so much potential and he only needs to respect the game and his opponents.”
The good news is that Murrell was nothing but accepting of what his mentor told him. As he put it, “Coach Bo said I shouldn’t have done that because that was disrespectful. In the long run, we got the win and I’m happy about that.”
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