The practice game between San Miguel Beer and GlobalPort on Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Gym was halted after veteran Beerman guard Ronald Tubid and the Batang Pier’s athletic import Dominique Sutton engaged in a scuffle during the early goings of the last quarter.
San Miguel was ahead, 84-74, with still 8 minutes left to play when the incident happened.
A video recorded by a GlobalPort fan that was posted at a Facebook fan page, saw Tubid and Sutton bang bodies underneath the basket as both players were going for the rebound.
The 34-year-old Tubid fell on the floor after the collision. Not liking what happened, the San Miguel hard-nosed defender shoved Sutton, who reacted by nudging Tubid back with his shoulder.
San Miguel players Alex Cabagnot, Brian Heruela and Bitoy Omolon quickly acted as peacemakers, along with GlobalPort big man Doug Kramer as they immediately separated Sutton and Tubid.
Game officials decided to stop the game from there as per PBA ruling on a practice game marred by commotion.
“Yung import kasi nila (Batang Pier) medyo nananakit,” San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla told FOX Sports. “Mainit ang ulo siguro, napipikon.”
The San Miguel manager noted that the 29-year-old GlobalPort import was too aggressive, to the point of elbowing Marcio Lassiter and David Semerad in separate occasions.
“Masyadong physical yung laro laya nung tinamaan si Ronald, nag-react na siya so later, nagka-pormahan,” he added.
FOX Sports tried reaching GlobalPort manager Bonnie tan and active consultant Franz Pumaren but both failed to respond.
PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial said league commissioner Chito Narvasa will review the video once he arrives from a brief overseas trip on Thursday.
“Basta magkaroon ng commottion, referee na ang magde-decide kung ititigil. So ire-review pa yan kasi wala pa si Com, out of the country pa. Thursday siya babalik para reviewhin yun,” said Marcial. – By Richard Dy
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