Rain or Shine import Shawn Taggart, Phoenix assistant coach Nic Belasco face heavy fines

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Phoenix Fuel Masters assistant coach Nic Belasco and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters import Shawn Taggart face heavy fines following a scuffle at the end of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup game last Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The two had a heated verbal exchange after Rain or Shine’s come-from-behind 96-94 victory over Phoenix when Belasco shoved Taggart.

Taggart responded by slapping Belasco, sending players and coaches of both teams scrambling to separate the two. PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa was seen pacifying Belasco, a former PBA player, while being surrounded by Rain or Shine’s Jay Washington, Phoenix official Raymond Zorilla and PBA Media Bureau Chief Willie Marcial.

Narvasa later summoned Belasco at his office to get his side. Sanctions are expected to be made after the Holy Week break.

Taggart refrained to comment on the incident and left under escort out of the Big Dome by security. – Manila Bulletin