PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said he was merely out to pacify Alaska veteran Dondon Hontiveros when he stepped into the court in the middle of a commotion in Game Two on Wednesday night, saying he only wanted to prevent the situation from getting out of hand.
Narvasa was seen on TV replays repeatedly pointing a finger at the Alaska player, but he said he had no intention to angrily confront Hontiveros and denied he exchanged heated words with the former Gilas stalwart.
“It’s more of prevention dahil iniisip ko rito inaawat ng referee hindi maawat, and it could escalate (into something),” said Narvasa. “Kaya pumasok ako, at least pag nakita nila ako, baka mag-isip (sila) bakit andiyan na si Com.”
The league commissioner said an on-court brawl is something he’s trying not to happen especially with Globalport and Alaska engaged in a tightly-fought best-of-seven series that is currently tied at 1-1 following the Aces’ 100-76 win in Game Two on Wednesday night.
“Can you imagine kung nag-away, nagsuntukan. I have to suspend people,” he reasoned out. “E, paano kung kulang-kulang kayo, e di hindi maganda ang laban.
“And I also want to prevent any escalation, kasi may tension na.”
A total of 13 technical fouls were called after that first quarter incident which Hontiveros triggered after pulling Globalport forward Anthony Semerad with him to the floor.
Calvin Abueva then bumped Semerad as he was trying to help Hontiveros get up, prompting Jay Washington to respond by shoving the energetic Alaska forward that sparked the ruckus.
In all, a total of 16 technical fouls were called for the entire game, tying the league record set by Alaska versus Shell during the 1997 Governors Cup game in Butuan City.
Narvasa said definitely fines will be meted on erring players and team officials.
“There’s going to be a fine, but thank God, there’s no suspension,” said the commissioner, who will review the tape of the game on Thursday morning.
Alaska has apologized to Narvasa as coach Alex Compton and team manager Dickie Bachmann approached him in his office shortly after the game.
"I told them don't worry about it. All of us naman wanted to prevent any fights. I know even sila Pido (Jarencio) and GlobalPort yun din naman ang intention," Narvsas said.