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    Chot Reyes explains reason behind Gilas-Greece scuffle, denies LA Tenorio punched Greek in the balls: 'Nut true'

    Sep 1, 2014

    SEVILLE, SPAIN - The end to the Gilas Pilipinas-Greece game on Sunday night was greeted not by the traditional post-game handshakes but by pushing and shoving as well as an exchange of angry words and accusations from both camps at midcourt.

    In the middle of the scuffle was Gilas' pint-sized guard LA Tenorio, who, in an earlier play, was called for an unsportsmanlike foul for bringing down Hellas big man Kostas Papanikolaou at the backcourt with a subtle contact that has since been scrutinized online.

    Reyes touched on the incident a little bit during his post-game press conference, admitting Tenorio may have hit the Greek in the stomach, wittingly or unwittingly, but not in the groin. Subsequent online reports alluded to Tenorio 'nut-punching' Papanikolaou during the play.

    See SB Nation's story and video HERE

    Asked about the commotion later, Reyes denied Tenorio hit the Greek in the balls.

    "Nope," he told Spin.ph emphatically.

    [See Tall, disciplined Greece a tough nut to crack for Gilas]

    Reyes, however, admitted he confronted the Greek coaches after the game for what he felt was a 'breach of coaching ethics' in the endgame, when the Hellas kept on going for three-pointers long after the Gilas coach had thrown in the towel by pulling out Andray Blatche.

    With tension among the player heightening late in the match, Reyes said Greece going full steam in an already won game brings risk of the game getting out of hand.

    The Greeks countered by saying that they need to pad their lead just in case the quotient system comes into play to decide the four places in the knockout phase, but Reyes apparently would have none of it.

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    "Told the coach (Fotis Katsikaris) that you shouldn’t have made the (three-point) shots – it’s part of coaching ethics," said the Gilas coach. "Of course, sabi ng coach may quotient."

    Reyes also claimed that one Greek player, Vaggellis Mantzaris, put his hands on Gilas team manager Aboy Castro during the commotion. "Coaches and team managers cannot be touched by players," he pointed out.

    In turn, the Greeks accused Gilas players of playing dirty.

    “But you know, the way you play the game is dangerous. You don’t play basketball that way," Reyes said quoting the Greece coach - an accusation he obviously resented. "Ano pinagsasabi mo?" he added.

    Reyes said Gilas players play tough - but not dirty. Players like Tenorio, he said, need to be scrappy out there while going up against players a full head taller than them.

    Worse, they are tagged with flopping technicals when they fall, the coach rued.

    [See Jayson Castro swears he didn't flop in crucial play against Croatia: Sinuwag nga ako e']

    "Kailangan intindihin nyo, grabe yung bugbog na nakukuha namin. My guys are 5-8, and guarding 6-5, 6-6 (opponents). Hindi ko maintindihan officiating, they’re calling us for flopping. Of course we’re going to get knocked back, fall back," said Reyes.

    "If Greece plays Croatia, it’s 6-5 to 6-5. But LA against 6-5 and screened by a seven-footer, he will be thrown back and the referees keep saying it’s flopping."

    But as far as the 'balls-bashing' incident is concerned, Reyes said there is no truth to that.

    Simply nut true.

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