Phoenix Pulse head coach Louie Alas was among those ejected from the game in the aftermath of the ugly skirmish between the Fuel Masters and the TNT KaTropa during their 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup game last Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
The 55-year former coach of the Letran Knights in the NCAA was embroiled in the incident which initially involved Anthony Semerad and Phoenix import Rob Dozier. Calvin Abueva joined the fray and then David Semerad followed suit.
At this point, Alas stepped into the picture and tried to separate Abueva and Semerad which resulted in the former San Beda Red Lion crashing to the floor.
Anthony then rushed back to the scene and nearly triggered a free-for-all.
Alas was instantly ejected from the game for flagrant misconduct while the Semerad twins along with Jason Perkins where likewise thrown out for doing the fighting stance.
“I was just trying to separate him from Calvin because yung nangyaring commotion, hindi naman siya kasali eh. Inaano ko lang, sineseparate ko kay Calvin. Medyo masama yung ano kaya naganun ko pero hindi ko alam na ganun ako kalakas,” said Alas.
“I’m sorry, pero ganun pala ako kalakas. My god. Pwede na ako sa Avengers,” added the veteran mentor in jest.
Turning serious, Alas claimed that he had already informed Eric Castro, the league’s technical head, of his sentiments regarding the officiating.
“Sabi ko nga kay Eric, you can put me on record, I have nothing against officiating. I know honest kayong lahat. Pero paulit-ulit ang turo at hindi natututunan, I have to make some drastic action. Masakit man gawin, pero kapag hindi natututo, dapat palitan na.”
“Walang problema sa integrity. I know honest mistake. Pero kung paulit-ulit na mistake, I don’t know. Araw araw kayong nagtetraining, wala naman kayong pagkukulang pero hindi lang naman ako ang nagrereklamo,” added Alas.