NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez said he is hoping the PBA Commissioner’s Office will look into several ‘punching’ and ‘elbowing’ incidents against Ola Adeogun during the Road Warriors’ debut win in the Foundation Cup against defending champion Blackwater Sports on Tuesday.
Fernandez said Adeogun was at the receiving end of what he thought were several unnecessary contacts during NLEX’s 102-84 win over Blackwater Sports last Tuesday at the JCSGO gym.
“I hope the PBA will look at that. Naaawa ako kay Ola,” said Fernandez after the game.
Fernandez claimed Adeogun was punched by Pari Llagas and Reil Cervantes during the intense contest against Blackwater. Cervantes was eventually ejected with two minutes left in the game after hitting Adeogun in the face and NLEX already ahead by a sizeable margin.
Adeogun finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for NLEX in the battle against two teams whose application for membership in the professional league are currently pending.
Fernandez said the hits were not the first against Adeogun, who he said has constantly been at the receiving end of cheap shots from other teams since the San Beda big man entered the league.
“Hindi ko alam kung ano ‘yung border line ng UFC or ano. Kasi every time Ola plays there, everybody will just punch him and elbow him. I just hope that the commissioner and even (PBA operations director) sir Rickie (Santos) and (PBA chief of referees) sir Boy (Cruz) will look at the tape,” said Fernandez.
The NLEX coach made it clear that he is not against physical play against Adeogun.
“I’m not asking favors. If it is clear physical, then it is okay. But if it is clear hurting a person, it should be called. Kawawa naman ‘yung bata,” said Fernandez.
The PBA is expected to review the incident involving Cervantes.