by Waylon Galvez
San Mig Coffee leaned heavily on import Marcus Blakely and James Yap to lead the Mixers to a 102-88 win over Globalport in a fight-marred game last night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The highlight of the match took place at the 8:11 mark of the third quarter with San Mig leading at 58-39 when Blakely and Globalport’s Marvin Hayes fought for position inside the shaded lane of the Mixers.
It appeared that Blakely may have sent Hayes down with a headlock and as soon as Hayes got up, he was sent to the floor anew when Joe Devance shoved him.
Kelly Nabong came to Hayes’ rescue by pushing Blakely, who fell to the ground, prompting Marc Pingris to charge at Nabong. Pingris and Nabong then swung at each other with the latter gaining the slight edge after scoring on a shot to the ribcage using his knee.
The two were separated by their teammates as well as coaches, including San Mig mentor Tim Cone, who held on to Nabong.
As the dust settled, Pingris and Nabong were ejected from the game for trading blows, while Devance and Hayes were assessed each with a technical foul. Hayes and with Blakely were also called for double foul by the referees.
“It was a terrible incident. It has no place in this league,” said PBA Commissioner Chito Salud, who summoned the involved players to appear today at his office to explain their side as he is expected to hand heavy fines and penalties.
Blakely scored 25 points to lead San Mig, which improved its record to 2-3, while Yap scattered 22 points on a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point territory. Allein Maliksi and Devance contributed 18 and 16 points, respectively.
“That was an eventful game. I’m worried that we may have won the battle but we lost the war,” said Cone, who pointed to referees Emmy Tankion, Rommel Gruta and Dax Dacanay for their failure to take control of the highly-physical game.
Meanwhile, Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa was fined P20,000 by Salud for criticizing the officiating during his team’s defeat to Alaska last Sunday on social media.
In the nightcap, Barangay Ginebra defeated the Air21 Express, 106-93, for their second win in five games. The loss dropped Air21 to 1-5.
San Mig 102 – Blakely 25, Yap 22, Maliksi 18, Devance 16, Pingris 10, Simon 4, Reavis 4, Barroca 3, Alvarez 0, Gaco 0, De Ocampo 0.
GlobalPort 88 – David 27, Cummings 20, Washington 14, Mercado 13, Miller 5, Mandani 4, Belencion 3, Salvador 2, Hayes 0, Taha 0, Nabong 0, Yee 0, Alonzo 0.
Quarters: 28-14, 51-31, 79-66, 102-88
Ginebra 106 – Lowhorn 35, Caguioa 20, Tenorio 18, Wilson 11, Helterbrand 10, Baracael 6, Ellis 4, Mamaril 2, Ababou 0, Urbiztondo 0, Maierhofer 0.
Air 21 93 – Graham 38, Canaleta 17, Manuel 12, Sena 6, Sharma 6, Menor 4, Cortez 4, Custodio 2, Isip 2, Arboleda 2, Omolon 0.
Quarters: 29-33, 54-51, 84-69, 106-93