by Jonas Terrado
Games Sunday (Ynares Center, Antipolo City)
4:30 p.m. — Blackwater vs Rain or Shine
6:45 p.m. — Phoenix Pulse vs TNT KaTropa
Calvin Abueva was fined P20,000 by Phoenix Pulse a day after making a lewd gesture toward the girlfriend of Blackwater rookie Ray Parks Jr. during their PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Phoenix said in a statement that it cannot condone the action that came late in the team’s 103-98 victory despite claims that actress Maika Rivera was the one who started by hurling unpleasant remarks at Abueva.
“While we stand and support Calvin Abueva in his own right, we cannot deny the situation,” said the statement which was posted on the team’s Twitter account Saturday afternoon.
“While there may have been provocation per his claims, he could have exercised more prudence and patience in dealing with it moreso a female was involved,” added the statement.
The team-imposed sanction before Abueva is set to be summoned by PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial this week.
Abueva later apologized to Parks through a live video on Instagram but insisted that he was only provoked when Rivera began shouting expletive words.
Meanwhile, rookie CJ Perez exploded for 39 points as Columbian frustrated NLEX, 120-105, in a Petron Saturday Special battle between two 0-3 teams at the same venue.
Import Kyle Barone added 31 points and eight rebounds in his final game with the team as the Dyip have tapped the services of Lester Prosper as replacement.
Prosper, who stands at 6-foot-10, had stints in Europe and Canada and is considered as a good shot blocker.
Barone was let go after failing to impress the Dyip following losses to Alaska, Meralco and Blackwater.
“He’s good, di lang siguro fit sa amin,” said Cardel.
Tony Mitchell produced 32 points, 16 rebounds and five assists but the Road Warriors remained winless after four games.
NLEX played its second straight outing sans coach Yeng Guiao, who is currently in Europe for a family vacation.