THE Philippine Basketball Association handed out fines on Eric Camson of Kia and Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine following their heated altercation in their game last Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
After a meeting presided over by Officer in Charge Willie Marcial on Tuesday, Camson was slapped a P30,000 fine and a one-game suspension for instigating a fight with Almazan.
Camson was caught landing an elbow on Almazan in a rebound play, causing the latter to retaliate with his own elbow. The two were called for Flagrant 2 calls and were thrown out of the game.
Almazan, on the other hand, was fined P20,000 and will also sit out of their game against NLEX on Friday. Camson will miss his game against Meralco today.
Defending champion San Miguel Beer, meanwhile, hopes to keep its record clean when it faces GlobalPort in at the resumption of the Philippine Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Unbeaten in four games, the Beermen try to make it five straight against the Batang Pier, who are also on a roll with three consecutive wins. Game time is at 7 p.m.
Kia (1-4), which ended an eight-month drought via a 98-94 disposal of Rain or Shine last Saturday, battles struggling Meralco at 4:30 p.m.
San Miguel, winners of the last three All-Filipino tournaments, is on a hot streak with four-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) June Mar Fajardo, former MVP Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter getting their rhythm early in the conference.
Head Coach Leo Austria believes that his starting five has enough firepower to dismantle their foes, but the bench could not be ignored in crucial moments.
“I think the expectations on us are already given because we’ve been using the same rotation for the last three years. They’re expecting San Miguel to win, and we’re able to deliver,” Austria said.