AFTER the physical plays, the word war begins.
Just as Alaska coach Luigi Trillo voiced out his opinion that shooting guard Cyrus Baguio should not be suspended for Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, Talk `N Text team manager Aboy Castro believes he should be.
The Tropang Texters official said Baguio had the “intention to hurt” Jayson Castro, whom he hit with a forearm as the Talk `N Text gunner was going for a fastbreak basket in the final quarter of Game Three on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The defending champion won the match, 93-79, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, but it was left without Castro in the remaining minutes of the highly-emotional encounter after receiving his second blow for the night – the first of which was courtesy of a wayward Calvin Abueva elbow.
It’s for this reason that Castro hopes commissioner Chito Salud will slap an automatic suspension on the high-flying Alaska guard when they play each other again on Friday.
“He (Baguio) wasn’t going after the ball. He had the intent to hurt,” said Castro later.
“I hope they (Commissioner’s Office) take that into consideration … I think it should be an automatic suspension, but the commissioner already said they will review the tape.”
Baguio was called for flagrant foul penalty 2, which under PBA rules should merit outright suspension.
But Trillo insisted it’s not in the nature of the soft-spoken Baguio to hurt a fellow player as can be attested by his track record as a pro.
“Cyrus is not known for that, that was a duty foul,” claimed the Alaska coach in his post-game interview.
Trillo later on said he’ll be surprised if a suspension is coming the way of one of his top scorers.
“I’ll put the pressure on them and see what they’re (PBA officials) gonna do,” said the young mentor. “I’ll be shocked if Cy will be suspended.”