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Baffled by ejection in Manila Clasico, Abueva issues challenge

Delfin Dioquino
Baffled by ejection in Manila Clasico, Abueva issues challenge

DISBELIEF. Calvin Abueva questions his ejection as Magnolia beats Barangay Ginebra in another Manila Clasico.

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Magnolia forward Calvin Abueva fails to finish their Manila Clasico clash against Barangay Ginebra after getting ejected for incurring two technical fouls

MANILA, Philippines – Calvin Abueva still feels that his ejection in the Manila Clasico is unwarranted.

The Magnolia star issued a challenge as he contested his second technical foul that led to his departure early in the fourth quarter of their 89-84 win over Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, June 19.

Abueva got the boot with nine minutes remaining after bumping John Pinto during a dead ball situation, prompting game officials to slap him with a technical foul.

His first technical foul, which was for continuous complaining, came with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

“Give me a clear video that will prove whether there is a foul or not,” Abueva wrote in Filipino in a now-deleted Instagram story.

“If there is, I will leave Magnolia.”

Baffled by the call, Abueva left the Mall of Asia Arena even before the game ended.

Abueva finished with 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 steal in 24 minutes of action.

His absence, though, almost proved costly as the Gin Kings fought back from a nine-point deficit in the final frame and tied the score at 82-82 with under five minutes remaining.

Fortunately, the Hotshots answered with a win-clinching 7-2 run as they rediscovered their winning ways and hiked their record to 2-3.

Playing three games in a span of five days, Magnolia gets much-needed rest before it tangles with Phoenix on Friday, June 24, at the same venue. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.