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    Victolero defends Barroca, insists Magnolia not playing dirty

    Dec 12, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    MAGNOLIA coach Chito Victolero belied Alaska coach Alex Compton’s claim that the Hotshots played ‘dirty basketball’ in Game Four of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday night.

    Wednesday’s match was marred by an incident between Magnolia’s Mark Barroca and Alaska’s Chris Banchero, in which television replays showed Barroca appearing to hit Banchero with a closed fist in the groin area.

    That left Compton furious during the postgame interview, describing the incident as ‘dirty basketball.’

    Compton also claimed Magnolia players have also thrown punches during the series, saying, "Jio [Jalalon] punched us, somebody punched Mike (Harris), somebody punched Chris [Banchero."

    Victolero, though, insisted the incident between Barroca and Banchero was no more than physical basketball.

    “Sabi lang niya ‘yun. That’s physical. Both players naman play hard. I think walang masama doon. Ang ano lang diyan, we need to stay tough,” said Victolero.

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      Victolero also denied Compton's claim of punches being thrown by the Hotshots.

      “Sabi lang niya ‘yun. Hindi naman siya referee. Coach siya eh. I think it’s beyond our control. The referees will decided where there is a foul, flagrant foul, and what’s not a flagrant foul. The coaches, hindi ‘yan makapag-decide,” said Victolero.

      Victolero said he doesn't suspensions for his team over the incidents. He went as far as say that the officiating was good in Game Four.

      “Hindi namin ineexpect ang suspension dahil both players naman are doing their job. Kung sila lang ang papayagan ng referees, hindi naman tama ‘yun. The referees are doing their job. I think today, maganda tinawag nila. If [Compton] keeps on complaining siguro sa referees, baka hindi na matapos ang series na ‘to,” said Victolero.

      "Wala naman sigurong masama sa ginagawa ng both teams. As long as walang dirty, that’s okay,” he added.

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