RON Dennison insisted he didn’t hit Paul Desiderio in a play that led to his controversial ejection in the fourth quarter of Far Eastern University’s win over University of the Philippines on Sunday.
Dennision was sent off at the 2:48 mark of the fourth quarter on an alleged hit to the stomach area of Desiderio that sent the UP cager sprawling to the floor in pain.
But the FEU cager was adamant he didn’t do anything to Desiderio.
“Wala,” Dennison told reporters. “Kahit tignan niyo pa, i-replay ng sampung beses, wala.”
Dennison claimed Desiderio flopped in that play, as well as in other incidents involving him during the game. Ironically the two are former teammates with University of Visayas' high school team in Cebu.
“Siguro limang beses, lahat flop. Walang intentional. Alam ni Desiderio kaya ready siya mag-flop,” said Dennison.
Dennison also claimed the referees have been hot on him since the start of the season, perhaps because of his reputation as a bruiser.
“Naging background sa akin na parang tirador. Pero ngayon, wala. Mainit sila sa akin,” said Dennison.
FEU coach Nash Racela also believed that Dennison didn’t deserve the ejection as he urged the Commissioner’s Office to review the incident.
Racela also said Dennison has not been playing dirty this season.
“That is something that the commissioner has to review. I know Dennison has been a marked man but he has been playing really, really clean this year,” said Racela.
The FEU coach also described the hit on Dennison as a “touch foul.”
“I don’t think kalabitin ka sa tiyan, babagsak ka ng ganun. The referees should be smart enough,” said Racela.
“If they would call that touch foul on Dennison, tapos ‘yung mga big men sila (Ben) Mbala, kung manulak, ina-allow nila, dapat si Mbala 20 fouls na every game," Racela said.
"Mali. I think those were questionable calls today. It’s up to the Commissioner’s Office to review that.”