PBA: Camson brushes aside altercation with Maliksi

Published April 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

Allein Maliksi of the Blackwater Elite in a scuffle with Eric Camson of Columbian Dyip  (Peter Paul Baltazar photo)
Allein Maliksi of the Blackwater Elite in a scuffle with Eric Camson of Columbian Dyip (Peter Paul Baltazar photo)

by Ernest Hernandez

Starting the conference with a new team name Columbian Dyip (formerly Kia Picanto) almost had everything going their way with the exception of an ugly scene in the fourth quarter.

Eric Camson and Blackwater Elite’s Allein Maliksi had to be separated to avoid trading punches.

Prior to the incident, Maliksi attempted an offensive rebound after missing his shot when he was shoved by Camson.

Maliksi shoved Camson while the Columbian Dyip forward flopped for the referees to make a call. The action went on but when a violation was called on the other side of the court, Maliksi was seen walking straight for Camson while JP Erram and Ronald Tubid tried to intervene.

Malikso and Camson were subsequently slapped with technical fouls.

“Wala naman ‘yun,” said Camson regarding the incident. “Part siguro ng basketball,” he adds, making it clear that it was not his intention to hurt Maliksi.

“Hindi ko naman intensyon kasi hindi ko rin alam kung – kasi siya bumagsak sa akin. Kung intensyon ko, kilala niyo naman ako. Pero wala naman talaga. Siguro, nasaktan siya na hindi ko naman alam. Tapos maganda sa akin, na-control ko emotion ko.”

More than the play, Camson was surprised to see Maliksi walking towards him and he just wanted to defend himself.

“Siyempre, na hit niya ako, so nag-flop ako. Bumagsak ako tapos wala naman sa akin. Pero bumalik [pa] siya sa akin. Siyempre nag-react ako,” he said.

For Camson, it was water under the bridge already once the final buzzer sounded and he will be the first one to talk to Maliksi if he gets the chance.

Camson is no stranger to altercations. He also had a similar incident in the 2018 Philippine Cup, exchanging blows with Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine.

Every time Camson gets involved in a tussle, his team ends up winning. However, Camson is not proud of the statistic.

“Ayoko maging sign iyon, gusto namin manalo in a nice way,” he said.

Columbian Dyip will next face the Meralco Bolts on April 25, Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.