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Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong almost get into it as beef continues

SMART CLARK GIGA CITY — Apparently, the beef between Arwind Santos and Kelly Nabong has yet to die down. 

The ex-teammates got physical in San Miguel’s 2020 PBA Philippine Cup match versus the also-ran NorthPort, Tuesday night.

Santos, off an iso, drove past Nabong for a lay-up. But he fell down hard after the 6-foot-6 bruiser bumped him while mid-air.

The 2013 Most Valuable Player quickly got back on his feet and tried to confront Nabong but their teammates were there to pacify the situation.

As a result, Nabong was assessed with a flagrant foul penalty one — also his sixth and final foul, thus kicking him out of the game.

He left the game with 29 points and 10 rebounds, but his efforts were not enough. The Beermen ran away with the 120-99 victory.

Santos, meanwhile, finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, as the reigning, five-time champs boosted their Top Four chances.

Television cameras caught the 31-year-old Nabong with what appeared to be a scratch on his right cheek.

Previously, Santos and Nabong clashed in a brawl that marred a San Miguel practice late last season. Also involved in that fight that derailed their Grand Slam aspirations was high-scoring import Dez Wells and veteran Ronald Tubid.

After suspensions were given, Nabong would see himself get traded to NorthPort for Russel Escoto. On the other hand, Tubid was left unsigned.

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