MIKEE Romero believes the melee that marred Globalport’s PBA Governors Cup game between his team and San Mig Coffee would only toughen his players and foster a deeper bond for the Batang Pier.
Even though Globalport fell to its second straight loss for a 2-3 record in a tie with the Mixers at the lower half of the standings, the amiable team owner was pleased to see the Batang Pier stand their ground in the fight-marred contest.
“I think, `yung importance ng game for us today, there might be a change of mind set already. Ngayon lalaban na ito,” said Romero, who was at ringside when the fracas involving rookie Kelly Nabong and national team member Marc Pingris broke out at the 3:11 mark of the third period.
Romero said he neither condone his players’ actions nor was he happy with what they did, but at least, it was clear to him Globalport won’t go down this conference without a fight.
“Di naman ako natuwa pero di rin naman ako nagalit. At least, nakita ko na palaban ang team. That’s the message lang naman na nakita ko, palaban kami,” he said.
The Mixers won the game, 102-88.
The young Globalport owner felt the melee could have been prevented if San Mig import Marqus Blakely didn’t grab Globalport freshman guard Marvin Hayes in a head lock.
“From my vantage point, na-insitigate kasi nung inipit si Hayes. There was an instigation, kaya na-blown out of proportion siya eh,” explained Romero.
“I think Kelly (Nabong) was just defending his teammate and in the end, defending himself. But it’s up to the Commissioner’s Office to decide,” he added.