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    Calvin Abueva, Kevin Murphy to be summoned by PBA commissioner for fracas

    Oct 13, 2018
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    THE PBA Commissioner's Office is expected to summon Calvin Abueva and Kevin Murphy to explain their sides on the physical play that marred the San Miguel-Phoenix PBA Governors Cup game on Friday night.

    The two will be invited over by Commissioner Willie Marcial by next week shortly after a review of the match held at the Mall of Asia Arena is made by league technical head and operations manager Eric Castro.

    "Matic na yun. Papatawag yung dalawa," said Marcial on Saturday while on his way to Lucena City for the Petron Saturday Special game between Barangay Ginebra and Rain or Shine. "May specific instructions na ako kay (PBA deputy director) Eric Castro."

    Also to be summoned is Blackwater import Henry Walker following his third quarter ejection in the Elite's 133-99 rout at the hands of Magnolia.

    Walker incurred two technical fouls over his frustrations on officiating.

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      Abueva and Murphy got entangled in the final five minutes of the intense ballgame, which the Beermen won, 117-100.

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      Murphy dragged Abueva down, applying a choke hold after the Phoenix forward tried to post up against him in front of the Fuel Masters' bench. The incident nearly sparked a bench-clearing melee and resulted in three technical fouls called and a flagrant foul penalty 1 on Murphy.

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      Abueva and the Fuel Masters however, believed the San Miguel import should have been whistled for a flagrant foul penalty 2 for outright ejection.

      "Pang F2 na yun, a," said Abueva just before entering the Phoenix dugout. "So puwede pala yun. Try ko rin yan para malaman kung gaano ka-F2 or ka-F1 yan."

      For his part, Murphy said he had no intention to hurt Abueva, insisting he's not a “dirty player.”

      "I was really just trying to hold him. It just so happened that my arm was around his neck," the former Utah Jazz player said.

      Murphy also implied he's actually at the receiving end of several cheap shots by the Fuel Masters.

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      "I expect it to be physical. But my thing is if you're going to play physical that's cool, but don't do cheap shots," said the San Miguel import.

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