ANTIPOLO CITY - Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals between NLEX and Magnolia was so heated that even mild-mannered coach Chito Victolero lost his cool for a moment.
The Hotshots coach and veteran JR Quinahan figured in a profanity-laced verbal tussle late in Magnolia's 87-78 win Sunday night at the Ynares Center here.
The two exchanged curse words at the 5:35 mark of the fourth quarter in the midst of the Hotshots' scoring rampage. Both were issued technical fouls.
Victolero however, was quick to play down the confrontation.
"It's part of the ballgame. Nadala lang siguro ng emotion," said the Magnolia mentor. "Nothing serious, nothing personal against JR."
Quinahan politely begged off from being interviewed after the game.
“No comment na ako, baka lumaki lang 'yung away,” said Quinahan as he walked out of the venue.
The Hotshots were on a 16-6 roll when the incident happened in front of the Magnolia bench, Players and the coaching staff of the Hotshots tried to separate the two, with Victolero later opting to sit down in order not to aggravate the situation.
Ian Sangalang, who was fouled by Quinahan, split his charities to stretch the Hotshots' lead to 76-64. With reports from Christian Jacinto