Cone, Pumaren shocked with ‘technicals’ during Tenorio-Romeo fracas » Manila Bulletin Sports

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The PBA Commissioners cup quarterfinal matchup between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and GlobalPort Batang Pier got tarnished with the unfortunate altercation involving Terrence Romeo and LA Tenorio.

In an effort to prevent their players from getting heftier punishments, coaches Tim Cone and Franz Pumaren entered the playing court to try and pull out their respective players. But in doing so, each got technical fouls.

“I have been in this league for 27 years and I always felt that a head coach ‘only’ can go on the court when fight or tussle breaks out because they can be peacemakers,” said Cone. “That has always been the rule as far as I remember. I was shocked for getting a ‘T’ for going on the court.”

Cone recalled one incident when he was still calling the shots for the San Mig Coffee Mixers (now known as the Star Hotshots). This was the ugly scene involving a fistfight between Marc Pingris and Kelly Nabong. Cone stormed in to try and stop both players from going at it.

“Everybody remembers the Marc Pingris and (Kelly) Nabong fight that I got involved in. I didn’t want to but I need to get out there and help out,” he recalled.

Entering the 2017 PBA Commissioners Cup Semi-Finals after defeating GlobalPort, 96-85, Ginebra awaits the winner of the quarterfinal match between the Meralco Bolts and TnT KaTropa.

“I just made sure LA didn’t do anything silly for getting thrown out of the game or getting suspended for the next game,” Cone explained.

“If I go out there and start screaming at somebody or started to get involved or I got it going for the other guy then fine… give me a technical but not to protect my players,” Cone added.

Along with Cone, Pumaren was also surprised with the technical and concurs with Cone on when coaches can intervene during such incidents.

“I was talking to Tim Cone and we were both shocked that we were given technical fouls. As far as I know, a head coach can enter the court,” said Pumaren. “We are there not to create any fight or whatever.” (EH)

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