CEBUANA Lhuillier coach Boycie Zamar would rather not engaged Cagayan Valley counterpart Alvin Pua in a word war over his claims the Gems were playing way too physical during Game Two of their PBA D-League Aspirants Cup semifinals series.
Zamar said he prefers to just remain silent about Pua’s accusations Cebuana Lhuillier is intentionally hurting his players when the two teams met again on Monday.
Pua even went to the extent of challenging anybody to a fistfight, saying he’s ready for it.
“Hindi na ako magko-comment. Kapag nag-comment ako, lalaki pa,” Zamar told Spin.ph when asked for his side regarding the bold claims made by the fiery Cagayan Valley mentor.
The comment of Pua came in the aftermath of the confrontation he had with Cebuana Lhuillier’s Kevin Ferrer following a battle for the ball with Cagayan’s Abel Galliguez in the third quarter.
Both Pua and Ferrer were slapped with technical fouls.
Instead of involving himself answering charges about the Gems playing too physical, Zamar said he is more focused on concentrating for the do-or-die Game Three, which Cagayan Valley made possible following a 98-93 win in Game Two that evened the series at 1-1.
Zamar admitted the Gems lost their mental toughness and played a bit complacent after the sixth-seed team pulled off an 89-85 stunner over the fancied Rising Suns in Game One of the semis.
“Coming off a win over an 11-0 team, hindi mo rin maaalis na mag-relax. Hindi mo naman ma-beblame ‘yung mga players na hindi ma-handle ‘yung pressure,” said Zamar.
The Cebuana Lhuillier coach, however, said the team’s ability to come back from big deficits is proof the Gems have a legitimate shot at upending the top seed Rising Suns in their winner-take-all encounter.
“Masama ‘yung laro namin because of the mental lapses. But then again, it’s doable. Tambak na pero nakakahabol pa kami,” said Zamar.