LOOK: PBA defends Arwind Santos’ Spider-Man dunk

ByAllan Lim

TNT import Glen Rice Jr. was called for a technical foul after he hung on the rim after he missed his putback dunk attempt. Rice was rejected by Japeth Aguilar on his third attempt and play was immediately halted by the game officials.

The play was reviewed and the announcement was made. Brgy. Ginebra import Justin Brownlee converted on the technical free throw to pad the defending champions’ lead to 6, 106-100 with time down to 25 seconds in the 4th and final canto.

The technical foul slapped on Rice for hanging on the rim sparked a debate on social microblogging site Twitter as fans wondered why San Miguel’s Arwind Santos has never been assessed the same penalty for hanging on the rim after a dunk and stomping both of his feet on the backboard.

The PBA, through its official account, eventually replied with this statement. “Deliberately hanging on the ring is a violation in itself. Arwind Santos’ monkey ride is hanging AFTER a MADE basket/FG. It is allowed.”

A fan then reacted. “These two sentences are contradictory. So you mean, when Arwind hangs on the ring, it is not deliberate? Thus, is not a violation?”

Another replied with: “Since when is a monkey ride not deliberate? And I’m ginebra fan.. get your sh*t together @pbaconnect”

Even Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes reacted to the statement by tweeting: “Just to clarify – so any player can hang on to the ring after any made basket?”

The PBA’s twitter account (@pbaconnect) did not bother to reply to any of the comments posted with regards to their statement regarding Santos’ now trademark Spider-Man dunk.