The Philippine Basketball Association has cracked the whip on erring individuals who took part in separate altercations that happened in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals series between San Miguel Beer and Alaska.
Close to P70,000 of total fines are soon to be collected by the league with Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas getting the heftiest fine at P20,000.
Alas was penalized for “physically contacting a game official.”
The main protagonists of separate altercations were not spared either by the Commissioner’s Office.
Calvin Abueva and Arwind Santos, marquee players of their respective squads, were fined for exchanging heated words. Both of them were assessed P1,000 for that, but the Alaska forward, who was seen landing an elbow which resulted to a nasty cut on the former MVP, was also fined P10,000 after the PBA upgraded the non-call to a flagrant one.
Abueva likewise was fined for separate incidents – P3,000 for flopping and P1,600 for a technical foul on Chris Ross.
Alaska veteran swingman Dondon Hontiveros and San Miguel Beer rookie David Semerad had their own piece of the action and for that, they were assessed P5,000 for a scuffle during a loose ball struggle that resulted to a near free-for-all.
Beerman Ronald Tubid, who committed a flagrant one for hitting Abueva, was also slapped P10,000 plus an additional P3,000 for flopping.
Vic Manuel of Alaska also got fined P5,000 for hitting Semerad during a rebound play.
But they weren’t the only ones caught participating in separate incidents by the Commissioner’s Office.
Utility personnel from both teams were also fined, the amount still withheld by the league, which is currently evaluating this separate incident. For the meantime, they were asked not to appear in Game 3.