Philippines, Sports

In 100 Words: Pinoy Basketball Feeling the Heat

Last night saw San Mig Coffee’s Marc Pingris engage in a fist-fight with Globalport’s Kelly Nabong. Last Sunday witnessed La Salle fan JJ Atayde shout heckling Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol, and then during the prior week three UE players were slapped with suspensions for unsportsmanlike fouls.

It has been a rough week for basketball in the Philippines, especially off the heels of a successful hosting stint in the FIBA Asia Championship. Poor officiating, unnecessary physicality, and fans cursing at players and coaches, have threatened the integrity of the sport. Unless they tone down on these actions, it may be a matter of time before FIBA acts on the matter.