MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero hopes to get a chance to apologize to Alaska import Mike Harris after he confronted the reinforcement late in the third quarter of Game 3 last Sunday.
Victolero charged into the Ynares Center court with 2:38 to play in the third quarter after his import, Romeo Travis, sprawled to the court in pain. Travis had accidentally stepped on Harris's foot and subsequently rolled his ankle.
The Magnolia coach appeared irate at Harris, though fortunately the situation did not escalate. Victolero was assessed with a technical foul for entering the court. Travis was subbed out in the aftermath of his injury, and Harris also left the game soon after.
The Aces won the game, 100-71, behind a 36-point explosion from Harris.
"I am also saying sorry to Mike," Victolero said after the game. "Hindi ako nakapag-sorry sa kanya kanina."
Victolero said he was simply caught up in the heat of the moment, and stressed that Harris was "a good guy."
"Maybe next game, I will try na lumapit sa kanya, and say sorry," he added.
Travis said after the game that he felt "okay," though his ankle will be re-evaluated ahead of Game 4.
Meanwhile, Harris said he wishes his fellow import a quick recovery.
"I've never been a dirty player," said Harris. "It wasn't intentional at all. My prayers are with him, and I hope everything's okay."
Game 4 of the best-of-7 finals series is on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
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