PETRON team consultant John Todd Purves insisted no order has been issued by higher ups of San Miguel Corporation as he debunked claims of a 'scripted' PBA Governors' Cup Finals series between sister teams Petron Boosters and San Mig Coffee Mixers.
The American coach said he’ll be the first one to defy his superiors if such orders are given as several fans insinuate on different social networking sites, especially after the Boosters forged a winner-take-all Game Seven on Friday against the Mixers.
“I can’t imagine anyone in our organization to tell us to do that. No one’s ever mentioning that to me. I can’t imagine I ever would,” said the veteran basketball coach.
Petron tied the best-of-seven Finals at 3-3 after turning back San Mig, 99-88, in Game Six on Wednesday night.
“I realize the terminologies of sister teams. But this has been the series where we have been giving our everything. We’ve got to try to take the other team out,” Purves added.
The former Indonesian Warriors mentor in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) said he found as ridiculous the nagging insinuations of some fans about how the title series had gone so far.
“It’s so offensive to me, to us, that it’s not worth commenting on,” said Purves, shaking his head.
“I’ve put my life into competition and competing like this. The thought of anything that was not a fair competition is offensive to me, and I wouldn’t even entertain a question or a thought about it,” he added.
“I’d be the first one to despise it if ever there’ll be a command like that.”
The American stressed how the Boosters and Mixers are going at it during every game, even to the point of sometimes hurting each other.
Two-time league MVP James Yap was actually the biggest casualty in Game Six as he was at the receiving end of several physical plays, including an inadvertent elbow by guard Marcio Lassiter.
“I trust the league has complete integrity, and I only know that we are always preparing ourselves to win every single play,” Purves said.
“Seeing the players risk their health and bodies and then judging them with something that is preposterous is totally unfair,” said Purves, who also had his share of confrontation with the referees during the tightly-fought title series.