The Philippine Basketball Association slapped penalties on three players due to their unacceptable actions in the semifinals of the Philippine Cup earlier this week.
Filipino-German bruiser Christian Standhardinger was given the biggest penalty of P20,000 due to his flagrant foul penalty 2 infraction on Phoenix Pulse forward Calvin Abueva in Game 2 of their best-of-seven semifinal series last Monday.
The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger was seen inadvertently kicking Abueva right on the face and the groin area during a loose ball, leading to an ejection midway through the second period of Game 2 that was won by the Beermen, 92-82.
After a thorough review and admission that it was indeed an accident, Standhardinger averted suspension in Game 3.
“I accidentally hit him. Obviously, I feel sorry for accidentally (hitting him),” said Standhardinger. “That’s the most important thing.”
The sophomore center, however, was ordered to participate in the PBA’s community service and barangay visit called “Homecourt.”
Abueva also was not spared from the league’s whipping as he got slapped with P15, 000 fine after flashing dirty fingers on several occasions also in Game 2.
His teammate Doug Kramer was also hit with a P5, 000 fine due after incurring a flagrant foul penalty 1 due to an elbow hit on San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo.
Both San Miguel and Phoenix head to a three-day break starting today for the Lenten break before plunging back to action this Sunday for the pivotal Game 3 of their best-of-seven Final Four series.
The Beermen lead the series, 2-0.