JAY Washington rued committing a second technical foul that resulted in his ejection in Alaska’s 100-76 rout of GlobalPort in Game Two of the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
But while feeling sorry about his action that left his team undermanned in the low block, the 6-foot-7 forward couldn’t relate at how Alaska counterpart Calvin Abueva could dish off what termed as ‘dirty s__t’ just to get the Batang Pier out of their rhythm.
“Abueva is playing his dirty ways and I’m just out there to protect myself,” said Washington, who was ejected from the game in the third quarter after committing his second technical foul against Abueva.
“Everybody knows me, I don’t play that way.”
Washington, whose first technical came after engaging the 6-foot-1 Alaska forward in a shoving incident that almost resulted in a full-blown brawl in the first period, finished with 10 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes of play.
The veteran big man said he was aware this is the playoff where teams raise their games a lot higher. Still, he believes Abueva's physical plays were done on purpose.
“The stuff he’s doing there was uncalled for,” said Washington of Abueva.
“Of course, it’s the course of the game, me trying to fight for my team as well,” he said. “I had to be smart about stuff, but at the same time, try to protect myself.”
‘The Beast’ tried to give Washington a pat on the back while the GlobalPort big man was being interviewed, to which JWash replied with a cold shoulder.
“Now you want to be cool and act like a regular person,” said Washington. “He’s trying to play hard for his team, but at the same time those dirty s__ts are unnecessary.”
While Washington said the near scuffle didn’t affect the Batang Pier, he admitted the Aces played with greater resolve on this night more than the way they did in a 107-93 loss in the series opener.
“They just came out a little bit more aggressive (tonight). They just did something defensively that took us out of our comfort zone,” he added.