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    Ejected Ryan Arana insists elbow to Calvin Abueva's mouth not intentional

    Dec 16, 2015
    SMB guard Ryan Arana knocks down Alaska's Calvin Abueva with an elbow. Jerome Ascano

    RYAN Arana said he doesn’t regret the clash with Calvin Abueva that led to his ejection shortly after the first quarter buzzer of the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup game between San Miguel and Alaska Friday night.

    The tough-playing Beerman guard said the physical play that transpired – which saw him giving the Alaska forward an elbow to the mouth – is part and parcel of the game.

    “No regret. Normal sa basketball yan. May natatamaan, may tinatamaan,” said Arana inside the San Miguel dugout, where he watched the remainder of the all-important match.

    “Walang pikunan. Laro lang.”

    Arana was whistled for a Flagrant Foul 2 (F2) for an outright ejection at the end of the opening period and the Beermen on top, 19-16.

    The guard out of De La Salle said he and Abueva were going hard at each other the previous play shortly before he was tossed out.

    “Si Calvin alam din naman natin physical din yan. Kaya nga sabi ko (sa referee), ref tingnan nyo rin naman 'yung ginagawa sa akin,” he said.

    Arana said he was just trying to box out Abueva as they go for a rebound when his elbow found his way to the mouth of the Alaska star.

    “Binangga niya ako. E mas malapad naman siya sa akin, kaya pag box out ko, natural tatamaan siya ng siko ko,” he said.

    An F2 call meant a corresponding fine – if not a suspension. Arana said he’s ready to face the consequences, but would want commissioner Chito Narvasa to hear his side first.

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    “Kakausapon ko si Com, para maipaliwanag ko rin yung side ko,” he said. “Unintentional naman 'yun. Hindi naman natin ginawa yun para masaktan siya (Abueva). Kaibigan ko rin naman 'yang si Calvin.”

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    SMB guard Ryan Arana knocks down Alaska's Calvin Abueva with an elbow. Jerome Ascano
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