KELLY Nabong is even determined to eliminate Phoenix Pulse from the semifinals especially with the level of physicality in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series escalating.
The Beermen are only one win away from their fifth straight finals appearance after beating the Fuel Masters, 114-91, in Game Four on Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Just like in the past three games, physicality was once again on a high with eight technical fouls being slapped during Game Four including ejections to Alex Mallari and Jaypee Mendoza.
For the 30-year-old Nabong though, he is thinking about one thing in this series.
“I’m not worried about officiating. I’m just worried about getting the next one and giving them the hell out of the playoffs and going to our rightful spot and that is on top,” said the seven-year veteran.
Nabong was not spared from the physicality of the game, as he was fouled while taking a three-point shot by Ron Dennison, who was called for a flagrant foul one for entering Nabong’s landing spot.
Nabong said he expected the physicality of the series, but has a problem about hurting someone on purpose.
“It’s the playoffs. You should pretty much know what’s going to happen. This is our fourth game with them. We should know how they are going to play. They are undersized, and we should expect them to come out and play hard and physical.
“But somebody has to stop the line when it comes to doing stuff on purpose with the intent to hurt somebody. That’s not basketball no more. If they want to play like that, they should go outside and play. But other than that, you could do anything you want but we are going to still prevail and come out on top no matter what you are trying to do,” said Nabong.
When asked specifically if he was referring to Dennison foul, Nabong said: “I’m talking about that, I’m talking about previous games, people getting punched in the face, people getting elbowed in the throat with nothing being called.”
Nabong expressed confidence that San Miguel can prevail in the series against the physical Phoenix Pulse team.
“But that’s why we are a championship team. We can handle it and we can prevail to anything that is thrown to us. We are the ones with the crown on our head. We are the ones that is going to go get it every single night,” Nabong said.