Balkman chokes Santos, fights teammates and coaches in meltdown
Petron import Renaldo Balkman chokes teammate Arwind Santos as he loses the plot late in the Boosters' loss to Alaska on Friday night. Jerome Ascano

PETRON import Renaldo Balkman went wild near the end of a 73-83 loss to Alaska on Friday night, confronting referees, defying coaches, and choking teammate Arwind Santos in a chaotic ending that put serious questions on the former NBA player's stint in the PBA.

The game was all but over in the dying seconds when a frustrated Balkman lost the plot after a non-call on an offensive play late in the match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, confronting the referees and later shoving away Petron coaches and players who tried to pacify him.

The 6-6 former New York Knick first gave Petron assistant coach Biboy Ravanes a push, then later shoved Ronald Tubid as his teammate tried to get between him and the referees.

When Santos stepped in and retaliated after being shoved by the import, Balkman completely lost it. He held the Petron star in a choke, reminiscent of the Latrell Sprewell attack on coach PJ Carlesimo during their chaotic days together at Golden State.

Cooler heads finally restored order before Balkman walked to the dugout alone.

The meltdown put a stunning end to Petron's first loss after a five-game win streak that saw Balkman establish himself as the finest import in the tournament with his stellar play on both ends of the floor.

Now all that is under question as the import faces the repercussions of his actions.

Already, Balkman's continued stint with the Boosters is in question. Commissioner Chito Salud announced immediately after the game that Balkman has been summoned to appear before him on Monday.

Alaska improved its league-best record to 6-1 as the Aces quickly bounced back after a loss to San Mig Coffee on Wednesday.

The scores:

Alaska 83 - Dozier 18, Thoss 14, Espinas 13, Baguio 10, Hontiveros 8, Abueva 7, Casio 5, Reyes 4, Dela Cruz 4, Jazul 0, Belasco 0

Petron 73 - Miranda 17, Cabagnot 16, Lassiter 12, Tubid 7, Belkman 6, Yeo 4, Santos 4, Washington 4, Fajardo 3, Lanete 0, Pena 0

Quarterscores: 18-13, 38-38, 60-62, 83-73

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