MANILA, Philippines -- San Miguel forward Kelly Nabong and Columbian counterpart Jackson Corpuz both downplayed their verbal tussle in the fourth quarter of their heated PBA Commissioner's Cup game on Sunday at the Big Dome.
Nabong was called for a technical foul for taunting after scoring over Corpuz early in the fourth quarter, part of a 10-2 SMB scoring spree that put them up, 92-90. Corpuz would leave the game shortly after, apparently suffering a sprain in his left knee.
But it was the Dyip that got the last laugh, as they hacked out a 134-132 win in overtime. Corpuz had 7 points and 5 rebounds before leaving the game.
The energetic forward said that he and Nabong know each other quite well, and that there was nothing more to their exchange than good old trash talk.
"Ganoon talaga," he said. "Trash talk-an kami eh. Ganoon talaga eh."
"Pero part of the game naman talaga 'yun eh. Okay naman kami. Hindi naman kami magkaaway," he said.
Nabong further pointed out that Jackson was "my boy," as they had been teammates in GlobalPort before being traded to separate teams.
"We go back all the way from Global, Global days. That's just uh, fun. Good, clean fun," he said.
Both players have deeper concerns now than their in-game trash talk.
The loss to Columbian dropped the Beermen to 2-5 in the conference, putting their playoff hopes at risk. Nabong acknowledged that they now have to win the rest of their assignments just to give themselves a chance at making it.
"We gotta stay level-headed now. We can't get into no interactions, no social media bullshit. We just gotta stay on the right track and get four wins," he said.
Corpuz, for his part, is already headed to a local hospital to get his knee checked out.
"Sabi naman parang sprain lang pero tinatanong na 'ko kung ano 'yung nararamdaman ko. Sabi ko hindi ko siya maigalaw eh. Every time na nilalakad ko, parang may sumasabit o may naghihiwalay," said Corpuz.
"Basta, pagbagsak ko may naramdaman na agad ako eh. So sana hindi malala," he also said.
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