CAGAYAN Valley coach Alvin Pua hit out at Cebuana Lhuillier on Monday, accusing the team of deliberately hurting his players in what has become an emotionally-charged semifinal series between the two teams in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
With 3:58 left in the third period, Pua walked over to the other side of the court to confront Cebuana Lhuillier forward Kevin Ferrer after a scramble for a loose ball that also involved Cagayan Valley’s Abel Galliguez.
Pua was hit with a technical foul for taunting Ferrer, who was likewise assessed a technical foul for second motion against Galliguez.
The controversial Cagayan Valley coach was obviously still fuming over the incident during the postgame press conference, insinuating that Cebuana Lhuillier players are out to pick a fight.
“Ako, pumupunta ako every game para maglaro, pumokus para mag-coach. Hindi ‘yung parang suntukan,” said Pua.
“Pero kung gusto nila ng suntukan, ako ready ako any place,” the former San Sebastian player said. “Like I said, hindi naman ako nagtuturo na manakit ng player. Kung basketball, basketball. Kung boxing, boxing.”
Cebuana Lhuillier coach Boycie Zamar refused to comment on Pua’s claims. He said: “Hindi na ako mag-cocomment. Kapag nag-cocomment ako, lalaki pa.”
Tempers have been boiling over in the semifinal series since Game One, when the two coaches figured in a confrontation after Zamar allegedly 'threatened' Cagayan Valley’s Don Trollano.
Pua said of the incident: “Tanungin niyo kay Trollano kung ano ‘yung sinabing totoo sa kanya. Wala naman akong against doon,” said Pua.
Just like in Game One, Pua and Zamar didn’t shake hands at the end of the match.