Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas came into the defense of his players who are being accused of using dirty tactics against the San Miguel Beermen during the Game-2 of the semifinals series between the two teams on Monday, April 15, at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
In a Twitter post on Tuesday, April 16, Alas put down allegations that Fuel Masters’ Doug Kramer, Justin Chua, and Dave Marcelo were playing dirty while guarding five-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo of the Beermen.
The veteran mentor admitted that his players were being physical. However, he claimed that his players were at the receiving end of such plays from the Beermen.
“Walang record si Doug Kramer, Jus Chua, Dave Marcelo na dirty player sila. Its true physical sila,the truth is maraming masakit sa kanila tama ng siko, balikat etc.etc,” Alas said in his Twitter post.
(Doug Kramer, Jus Chua, Dave Marcelo have no records of being a dirty player. It’s true that they are physical. The truth is they have many bruises from hits in their elbow, shoulder, etc.)
“We’re not complaining, that’s part of it (game) and willing sila isacrifice ang body nila pare makadepensa,”Alas added.
(We’re not complaining, that’s part of it (game) and they are willing to sacrifice their body to defend)
In another Tweet, Alas also criticized the decision of the referees to call a technical foul against the Fuel Masters’ team governor Raymond Zorilla, while he was complaining to game officials.
The coach said that there are other team governors who complain more to referees but never receive a technical foul.
“Maraming mas grabe mag reklamo compared kay Atty RTZ (Zorilla) pero di natetetechnical try to observe the other Gov,” Alas insisted.
(There are others who complain more compared to Atty. RTZ but did not get a technical, try to observe thew other gov.)
The Beermen currently has a two-win lead in their Best-of-Seven semifinals series against the Fuel Masters after the defending champions won Game-2, 92-82.
Both teams will once again face each other on Game-3 on Sunday, April 21, at the Araneta Coliseum after PBA takes its Holy Week break.