THE old-timers match between Ginebra and Purefoods on Sunday had its share of tense moments particularly between Noli Locsin and Richard Yee.
So what else is new, right?
In the second half of the exhibition game dubbed the ‘Return of the Rivals,’ Locsin and Yee had to be separated by teammates after figuring in banging inside the lane that got too physical for comfort.
Locsin, nicknamed 'The Tank' in his five years with the Ginebra franchise, was quick to play down the incident.
“Wala, joke lang ‘yun,” said Locsin, who finished the game with 14 points and nine rebounds. “Pareho kaming Ilonggo [ni Yee]. Alam niya ‘yun. Lokohan lang ‘yun.”
Locsin’s teammate Bal David, though, had a different take on the incident.
“Kala ko fun game lang. Nagkakatirahan ‘yung mga kuya ko eh,” said David with a smile.
Jayjay Helterbrand agreed, which just goes to show that there is no such thing as a friendly game between Ginebra and Purefoods.
“There were elbows thrown, and guys talking trash. Ako, I almost got pikon on one play but I had to remember, this is just for fun. It was a good experience,” said the former Ginebra guard.
The 47-year-old Locsin also played down his near double-double performance against Purefoods while going up against four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio.
“Maganda ba ‘yun? Hindi, suwerte lang. Baka pagod lang si Kap kaya pinababayaan niya ako,” said Locsin.
Locsin said he took it upon himself to do his best in the game for the Ginebra fans who saw the game at the Big Dome.
“Basta kami, ibibigay namin ‘yung lahat ng makakaya namin para sa tao. Hindi naman importanteng manalo pero sana manalo. Nakakahiya naman sa mga tao. Nag-tiyaga para mapanood ‘yung laro,” said Locsin.