TNT got the job done anew in Game 5 over defending two-time champion San Miguel Beer 101-94 on Thursday night and moved in the brink of making it to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The KaTropa, however, absorbed a quick dampener on their solid victory as the Commissioner’s Office slapped some of their members, including coach Nash Racela, with hefty fines for their respective erring actions in the course of their tight semifinals series.
In the latest round of fines issued by the Commissioner’s Office, Racela absorbed the biggest blow as he was slapped with a total penalty worth P21,600—P20,000 for issuing statements detrimental to the league and P1,600 for entering the court—in the course of the KaTropa’s 86-97 loss in Game 4 two nights ago.
TNT wingman Larry Fonacier also got a big brunt as he was hit with P20,000 fine for physically contacting a game official plus P1,000 more for disrespectfully addressing an official during that tough setback.
Other TNT players and officials also received some damage—at least financially—during that tense Game 4 battle, with team manager Virgil Villacencio hit with P4,000—P3,000 for disrespectful gesture of offering a game official a pair of glasses in a very sarcastic manner and P1,000.00 for entering the court.
TNT assistant coach Josh Reyes was slapped with P1,600.00 while big man Ranidel de Ocampo hit P1,000.00 , both for entering the court, while center Kelly Williams was fined P1,000.00 for a technical foul due to a verbal altercation with SMB guard Chris Ross.
The 6-foot-1 Ross also got slapped with a P2,400 cone for his third technical foul due to a verbal altercation with the 6-foot-6 Williams in Game 4.
SMB forward Arwind Santos was also hit with P1,600 fine for his second technical foul during their 111-98 victory in the series opener last week.
Protagonists in the other semis pairing pitting arch rivals Barangay Ginebra and Star also absorbed hefty fines.
During their highly-intense Game 4 battle won by the Gin Kings 93-86 last Wednesday night, Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero was hit P1,600.00 for his second technical foul while Maliksi was slapped with P1,000 for his first technical foul.
Ginebra wingman Chris Ellis also needs to pay P1,000.00 for a technical foul during their series-equalizing win.
Playmaker LA Tenorio and rookie Kevin Ferrer were both fined P3,000 each for flopping during the Gin Kings’ 74-78 Hotshots center Rafi Reavis was slapped with a total fine of P2,600—P1,000 for a first technical foul on February 9 and P1,600 for his second technical foul on February 11.
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