MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Alaska guard Cyrus Baguio was given a hefty fine but will not be suspended for his flagrant foul on Talk 'N Text’s Jayson Castro during Game 3 of their PBA Philippine Cup semi-final match-up Wednesday.
PBA Commissioner Chito Salud announced that after careful review, he will uphold the flagrant foul 2 called on Baguio. The Alaska player will be fined P30,000.
"No suspension is being meted in this particular case after taking into consideration Baguio's explanation that he was indeed going to give Jayson Castro a hard foul but realized at the last instant that he no longer had the chance to play for the ball," Salud said. "He tried to check himself but it was already too late to avoid the resulting contact."
Baguio hit Castro hard on the face while trying to stop a fastbreak, sending the TNT guard to the floor. Baguio was assessed a flagrant foul 2 for his action, and Castro managed to make one of two free throws before going to the locker room.
"A close look at the replay confirmed Baguio's narration. There was no blatant follow-through of Baguio's arm as it hit Castro's face," Salud said. "It was decidedly sheer momentum on his part that largely caused the hard contact on Castro."
"Nonetheless, this office stands by the FFP2 (flagrant foul penalty 2) call for being unnecessary and excessive," he added.
Game 3 between the Aces and the Texters was highly physical, with Baguio and Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva both being ejected. Alaska forward Gabby Espina was also called for a flagrant foul one, while Alaska big man Sonny Thoss and TNT's Jared Dillinger were called for technical fouls.
The PBA fined Abueva a total of P7,400 (P5,000 for flagrant foul 1 and P2,400 for technical foul), while Espinas was fined P5,000 for his flagrant foul.
Thoss, Dillinger and Kelly Williams were all fined P1,000 for technical fouls.
Talk 'N Text won Game 3, 93-79, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.