Bo Perasol on flopping accusation: 'Kung ibebenta mo tunay na foul, I don’t see anything wrong with that'
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol says the reason star guard Kiefer Ravena gets fouled a lot of times is his aggressive style of play. Jerome Ascaño and Jaime Campos

ATENEO coach Bo Perasol finally addressed accusations of flopping against his players, saying the Blue Eagles' current success in the UAAP men's basketball tournament had nothing to do with the high number of fouls and free throws they get during games.

Perasol spoke out after the Blue Eagles' 86-88 loss to arch-rival La Salle, or just hours after the Green Archers coach, Juno Sauler, pointed out it was "quite funny" that a perimeter-shooting team like Ateneo got the most number of fouls and free throws in the league in the first round of the elims.

Sauler also pointed to Ateneo players' ability to "sell fouls" during games while University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren ruled the wide disparity in the free throws awarded to the Red Warriors and the Blue Eagles in an earlier game.

Perasol, however, said he sees nothing wrong with it.

“It’s one thing to sell it. Pero kung ibebenta mo ‘yung tunay na foul, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that,” said Perasol, in his second second as coach of the Blue Eagles.

Perasol said it is obvious that questions over the free throw attempts and fouls given to Ateneo are really aimed at Kiefer Ravena, who has been accused by critics and bashers as a ‘flopper.’

But the Ateneo coach was quick to defend his star player, saying the reason the leading MVP contender gets to the line a lot of times is because of his attacking style of play.

Perasol added he found proof that those fouls were legitimate based on their review of Ateneo’s games.

“Kung titignan mo, maraming attacks si Kiefer. And the way he does it and combining it with explosion, the moment na sinara mo ‘yun (driving lane), siguradong magkakaroon talaga ng fouls.

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