Connect with us


Calvin Abueva left frustrated as refs only slap Kevin Murphy with F1



Tiebreaker Times Calvin Abueva left frustrated as refs only slap Kevin Murphy with F1 Basketball News PBA  Phoenix Fuel Masters PBA Season 43 Calvin Abueva 2018 PBA Governors Cup

What is the difference between a flagrant-one foul and a flagrant-two? That is the question lingering in Calvin Abueva’s head right now.

Abueva, a six-year pro, has seen his share of hard fouls. He has been slapped of all sorts. Holding, defensive, blocking, offensive, technical, flagrant, disqualifying – you name it, he has done it. Moreover, he has experienced it as well.

Friday evening, with 4:11 left in the Phoenix Fuel Masters’ game against the San Miguel Beermen, Abueva was strangled by San Miguel import Kevin Murphy. In an off-ball box out situation, the 6-foot-4 American caught the 6-foot-2 native of Angeles City with what seemed to be like a choke-hold. And Murphy did not let go, even dragging Abueva to the barriers and almost into the crowd.

After a brief review, Murphy was only handed a flagrant-one foul that would only result in a three-minute benching, free throws, and ball possession.

In Abueva’s mind, it was just a simple slap in the wrist. And he was livid, even after the game.

“Try ko rin kaya para malaman kung gaano ka-F2 o F1 yun,” a frustrated Abueva told Waylon Galvez of the Manila Bulletin as he stormed off the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

When asked about the incident, a league official has said that they will re-review what happened.