KEVIN Ferrer denied doing anything wrong against Glen Rice Jr. that led the TnT import to lose his cool and eventually resulted to his surprising ejection in the early part of Game Four of the PBA Governors Cup semifinals between reigning champion Barangay Ginebra and TnT Katropa.
While he may be playing a bit physical against Rice, the Ginebra rookie said he’s just trying to deny the prolific import from getting in his comfort zone, so much Ferrer got the shock of his life when the former NBA player shoved him on the neck during a deadball situation at the 1:41 mark of the first quarter.
“Bigla na lang akong choke slam ba yun? Nagulat talaga ako,” said Ferrer at the end of the Kings’ 115-105 win Sunday night that guaranteed them a return trip to the finals of the season-ending meet against Meralco.
“Wala naman akong ginagawa, nagulat talaga ako.”
Rice, 26, not only pushed Ferrer down, but also tried to hit him with the ball as he lay on the court. The twin action earned the TnT import consecutive technical fouls for an outright ejection.
The son of former NBA great Glenn Rice insisted he was undercut by Ferrer during a previous possession, according to TnT team manager Virgil Villavicencio.
But Ferrer swore he didn’t do anything against Rice.
“Tiningnan ko nga yung mga coaches niya, inaawat niya sila. Kung may mali naman talaga ako, dapat aanuhin ako ng mga coaches niya,” said the Gilas cadet, who had been going at it with Rice as early as Game Three of the series.
Ferrer admitted Rice’s absence almost took its toll on the Kings, who found themselves trailing by as many as 18 in the third quarter.
“Nung nawala siya, medyo nag-relax kami,” he said.
But import Justine Brownlee caught fire in the second half and carried the embattled Kings on his broad shoulders. He fired 28 of his game-high 46 points during that stretch, including a three-pointer that put the Kings in the driver’s seat for good, 97-94 seven minutes left in the game.
“Wala akong masabi sa kanya, idol talaga,” said Ferrer of Brownlee.
The rookie from University of Santo Tomas finished with four points and four assists and will be playing in his second finals stint this season.
Ferrer however, isn’t sure if he’ll have the unenviable task again of taking Meralco import Allen Durham in the best-of-seven title series.
“Depende na lang sa role na ibibigay sa akin ni coach Tim (Cone). If ever, ready naman ako kasi yun talaga ang trabaho ko,” he said.
It won’t be a big surprise if ever he’ll be given the job.