ADAMSON guard Joseph Nalos insisted he’s no villain and there was no malicious intention on his part following the hard foul he committed against Vince Tolentino of Ateneo during their UAAP men’s basketball game over the weekend.
Nalos reasoned out he was only trying to protect himself from what would have been a career-threatening fall if he hadn’t been able to hold on to Tolentino’s head during the controversial play.
“It was never my intention. I had no choice because if I didn’t hold on, I would have fallen hard and probably broken something because I was already on his shoulder,” said Nalos in his native tongue in a talk with Spin.ph
The unfortunate incident took place at the 5:23 mark of the third period as Nalos rose up high after biting on a shot-fake by Tolentino.
Airborne, the Adamson stalwart tried to break his fall by holding on to the head of Tolentino as the two of them ended up landing hard on the court. A minor scuffle ensued afterwards as Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena came to his teammate’s rescue and shoved the former Southwestern University player to the floor.
Nalos added how he wanted to immediately apologize for what happened, but instead was met by a charging Ravena.
“Tatayo na sana ako para mag-sorry pero paano, sinugod na nila ako eh. Kaya naglakad na lang ako papalayo kasi alam ko rin na nagkamali rin ako dun eh,” he said.
Nalos was ejected from the game, while Ravena was assessed an unsportsmanlike foul.
The Adamson player accepted his fate, but was obviously hurt by the backlash he got on social media, some of which even went to the extent of suggesting that he be banned for the remainder of the season.
Making matters worse was Nalos didn’t get to air his side on the incident.
“I have nothing but respect for Kiefer (Ravena) pero sana, tinanong rin nila ako for my side of the story,” he said.
“I don’t know why nobody bothered to ask me about the incident, why nobody asked for my or Adamson’s side,” he stressed. “Pero I just accept whatever comes, but I just wanted to clear the air that I never had any bad intention on that play.”
A Cesafi juniors and seniors champion, Nalos joined the Soaring Falcons last season but saw limited minutes and finished with averages of 3.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.
This season, he has taken on the role as leader of this young Adamson squad and is averaging 11.2 points, 4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per outing.