PBA fans got more than the basketball game they expected last night when things really got physical between the San Mig Coffee Mixers and Globalport Batang Pier, highlighted by a mano-a-mano between Mixers’ star forward and Gilas Pilipinas hero Marc Pingris and Batang Pier’s Kelly Nabong in the third quarter.
Marc Pingris, “The Pinoy Sakuragi,” proved to us that not only did he get the basketball skills of Slam Dunk’s hero, but also the hot-headedness and brawling skills. Kelly Nabong, on the other hand, demonstrated his hidden Muay Thai skills as he tried to knee Pingris during the mix-up. Fortunately, San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone, who wasn’t really known for his grappling skills until now, was there to pacify things and put the melee to a halt. Great single leg takedown there, Coach Tim!
Both players were thrown out of the game and we’re pretty sure that heavy sanctions from the PBA will follow. We know that the scuffle wasn’t as apeshit as Ron Artest in the Malice in the Palace but it sure got us thinking: What if Kelly Nabong got to display more of his Muay Thai expertise (if he really knows Muay Thai), or if Marc Pingris went full-Sakuragi on anyone, would Tim Cone’s takedown skills be enough?