In what has been an intense match-up between two formidable teams, things nearly got out of hand post game of the PCBL Chairman’s Cup Finals Game 2 at the Marikina Sports Complex on Wednesday night.
Tensions brewed outside the dugout just moments after Jumbo Plastic edged Mighty Sports in overtime, 89-87, as a frustrated Bright Akhuetie attempted to enter the Linoleum’s dugout to confront someone.
Akhuetie kicked the dugout’s door and managed to force half of his body inside before the venue security officers and the coaching staff were able to send him into back outside.
“Sumugod. Pinagsisipa nga ‘yung pinto. Ewan ko kung ano kinagagalit niya,” said Linoleum Giants head coach Stevenson Tiu.
“Half body niya nakapasok. Tinulak lang namin palabas. Sumugod siya,” described Tiu. “I don’t know why. Nagsasaya kami, nagpe-prayer kami. Bigla siyang pumasok, sinipa ‘yung pinto.”
But the Nigerian big man once again tried moving closer to the dugout to no avail as more security officers came out to prevent any commotion between the two teams. He was seen then explaining his side to a Mighty coaching staffer.
Akhuetie was reportedly furious after claiming he was poked on his buttocks area by someone in the Linoleum Giants side.
“On our side, I can assure you, icocontrol ko yung mga players ko. Pero not this way na sila ang sumusugod. Hindi sa amin mangagaling ‘yung gulo definitely,” said Tiu.
Tiu, though, was proud of his wards showing the heart of the champion in the extra period to extend the series with the winner-take-all game scheduled on Friday in the same venue.
The backcourt duo of Mythical 5 member Jeff Viernes and James Martinez came unstoppable in their shooting range as both finished with 31 points each, foiling Kiefer Ravena’s and Akhuetie’s night, as the Mighty’s 1-2 combination received MVP and Best Import award, respectively.
Mighty had the chance to take home the crown in regulation after a clutch three from Ravena with 12 seconds to go but Viernes sank his freebies on the other end to send the game to overtime where the Jumbo Plastic refused to give up despite losing their bigs to foul trouble.
In the first game, Euro-Med Laboratories prevailed over Sta. Lucia Realtors, 79-71 to claim the third place trophy. — By Jason Mercene