AMIDST the chaos sparked by a scuffle between Kelly Nabong and Maverick Ahanmisi, Ryan Arana provided comic relief during Sunday’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup game between Globalport and Rain or Shine.
Nabong and Ahanmisi were the central figures in a shoving match that started after GlobalPort's Sean Anthony jumped on Beau Belga during a battle for the loose ball with seven minutes left in Rain or Shine's 96-90 victory at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
In the middle of the commotion, however, Arana jumped from the bench and started wiping former teammate Belga’s face with a towel.
The act became a source of amusement for television viewers but Arana made it clear the action was no more than a playful act with his longtime teammate.
“Dami nga nag-message sa akin. Nakita sa TV. Ano daw ginawa ko kay Belga. Hindi ko alam na mapapansin ng tao,” said Arana, who played seven seasons with Rain or Shine before he was traded to Barako Bull, San Miguel and later GlobalPort.
“Actually, gusto ko lang ipaghiwalay sila Sean tsaka Beau. Tinanggal ko lang siya. Pero siyempre, ‘yung ginawa ko kay Beau, pagmamahal lang sa dating teammate,” said Arana.
Arana said he and Belga have always been playful on and off the court.
“Okay lang naman kay Beau. Lagi ko ginagawa ‘yun kapag natutumba siya, nandoon lang ako lagi, gagawa ng konting banga o kaya sapak sa mukha pero hindi malakas. Parang pagmamahal lang sa tropa,” said Arana.
Arana’s move proved costly, however, as he was slapped with a technical foul for leaving the bench at the height of the commotion.
Arana said he is willing to explain his side to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.
“Nagtataka nga ako. Siyempre ‘yun ang rules, bawal pumasok sa court kahit hindi mo gusto manakit. Kakausapin ko na lang si commissioner. Hingi ako ng dispensa at papaliwanag ko na lang ‘yung part ko,” said Arana.