Nico Elorde was involved in two separate skirmishes with San Miguel guards Terrence Romeo and Chris Ross during NorthPort’s quarterfinal game against the Beermen, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
While the Beermen had the last laugh as the powerhouse team was able to force a rubber match via a 98-84 win, Elorde vowed to continue the fight into the next game as the Batang Pier take their 2nd attempt at advancing into the semifinal round of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“Part naman ng game yun. Ganun lang talaga ako maglaro so hindi ako aatras kahit kanino. Trabaho ito. Kailangan naming manalo,” said the 27-year old out of Ateneo de Manila University.
Elorde first got into a heated exchange with Romeo as the two were battling for position during an inbound play. The two were each assessed a technical foul but it didn’t do much as the two continued pushing and shoving and later on escalated into trash-talking.
With Romeo on the bench, Elorde shifted to Ross and things heated up after the grandson of Philippine boxing legend Gabriel “Flash” Elorde sent the veteran guard crashing into the floor with a push.
Elorde, however, felt that it was just a flop.
“Ewan ko dun. Flop nga yung ginawa niya. Hindi ko nga alam eh. Tumalsik lang siya. Ewan ko, nag-exaggerate,” said the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft.
Game 2 of the series is on Wednesday, July 24, 4:30pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.