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PBA: Abueva, 6 others get fines

WRESTLING MATCH? David Semerad of SMB and Calvin Abueva of Alaska in action during PBA game 2 finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.   Photo by Tony Pionilla

Manila, Philippines – PBA Commissioner Chito Salud yesterday issued a total fine of P64,600 to seven persons for various offenses in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals series between San Miguel Beer and Alaska.

Calvin Abueva, Alaska’s controversial star, absorbed fines totaling P15,600 on four infractions, P10,00 of which was for planting an elbow in the forehead of Arwind Santos that bloodied the San Miguel Beer forward midway in the third period of Game 2 won by SMB.

Abueva was also fined for flopping (P3,000), second motion technical foul on Chris Ross (P1,600) and engaging in trash talk with Santos (P1,000).

Abueva’s elbow on Santos, where no foul was called, was upgraded to Flagrant Foul 1 after a tape review.

This marks the second time in the playoffs that Abeuva was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In Game 4 of the semifinal against Rain or Shine, Abueva was fined P20,000 for punching ROS guard Jonathan Uyloan. He was ejected in that game but he was not suspended.

Also drawing fines following the tumultuous Game 2 were SMB’s Santos, Ronald Tubid and rookie David Semerad and Alaska’s Dondon Hontiveros, Vic Manuel and Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas.

Alas, the first assistant coach of Coach Alex Compton, however, drew the biggest penalty. He was fined P20,000 for “physically contacting a game official” during the second half of Game 2.

Both Hontiveros and Manuel were fined P5,000, the latter for a double foul with Semerad – that was elevated to FF1 – and the former for that FF1 he committed on the same player late in the third period.

Semerad was fined P5,000 for that double foul with Hontiveros, which was upgraded to FF1, while Santos was fined P1,000 for the trash talk with Abueva.

Tubid had the biggest penalty among the SMB players, P10,000, for his FF1 he committed against Abueva, plus P3,000 for flopping.

The Commissioner’s Office also summoned a few utility personnel of SMB and Alaska, who were seen to have physically contacted players on the opposing side in Game 2. However, Salud said in a statement that penalties will be determined in due time although the persons involved have been instructed not to report for Game 3 at the Big Dome.