KARL Dehesa stressed it wasn’t his intention to hit Mark Barroca in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup game between Mahindra and Star on Wednesday night.
Dehesa, shadowed by Barroca, hit the Hotshots point guard with his hand when he was trying to shake off his defender in one offensive play early in the first quarter, leaving Barroca with a huge cut on his right eyebrow.
“It was unintentional,” Dehesa said. “Me and Mark are friends. I feel so bad because his eye was really bad. I said sorry to him after. I hate to see somebody go down like that.”
“I apologized to him and all the guys around him,” he added. “I'm not that kind of player and it sucks to see anybody get hurt like that. I really feel bad about it.”
Dehesa quickly showed his remorse as he tried to help Barroca get up after he fell down.
The Hotshots still had the last laugh as they scored an 86-73 win to clinch the last playoff berth and eliminate the Enforcers.
“Everything is still a learning process for us,” said Dehesa, who had 13 points and five boards versus Star. “There are games where we look like we're ready to get over that hump, and then the next few stretch of games, we look like we're back to where we started.”
“We just got to learn how to be an elite team,” he added. “Everybody is good in this league so we got to take our game to another level.”