CALVIN Abueva was surprised San Miguel import Kevin Murphy escaped being called for a flagrant foul 2 and an outright ejection in Phoenix's 117-100 loss to San Miguel on Friday night in the PBA Governors Cup.
"Pang F2 na yun a. So puwede pala yun," said Abueva as he stood outside the team's dugout after leaving ahead of the rest of the Fuel Masters at the end of a heated game at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Abueva and Murphy got entangled underneath the basket late in the game, with the former NBA player appearing to drag the Phoenix star into the sidelines in a choke hold.
When order was restored, Murphy was only whistled for a flagrant foul penalty 1. A flagrant foul penalty two would've merited an outright ejection.
"F1 lang yun? E hirap na nga akong huminga," said Abueva, who finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the Fuel Masters' third loss in nine outings.
The physical play took place in the final 4:11 just in front of the Phoenix bench as Abueva tried to post up against Murphy and the Fuel Masters trailing, 105-88.
The two got entangled with each other and as Abueva tried to lean on Murphy, the import held on the Phoenix forward by putting a choke hold on him, the two eventually being dragged on the side line.
Players of both teams rushed towards the two and tried to separate them, with Kelly Nabong pulling out Murphy from the pile of players.
Aside from the F1 whistled on Murphy, Nabong was also called for a regular foul, while technical were issued on Phoenix coach Louie Alas, Doug Kramer, and team manager Paolo Bugia for entering the court.
Alas was seen fuming mad as he traded heated words with San Miguel deputies George Gallent and Biboy Ravanes.
The Phoenix mentor later said Murphy definitely choked Abueva.
“That’s a choke. Sinakal talaga,” said Alas.
After emerging from the Phoenix dugout, Abueva implied players might do the same thing in future games given that Murphy only got away with an F1.
“Try ko rin para malaman kung gaano ka-F2 or ka-F1 yan,” he said.