PBA FIESTA: BULLS  IMPORT  SLAPPED  ONE-GAME  SUSPENSION

MANILA, January 31, 2006
(MALAYA) BY NOLI CORTEZ - RED Bull will have to find other ways to earn an early finals seat tomorrow against Ginebra in the San Mig Coffee-PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Bulls will play minus import James Penny who has been suspended for one game. That means’ Red Bull’s locals will have to step up big time if the Bulls hope to cash in on their 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven semifinals series and crash the title playoff, a race-to-four affair.

"For sure, they (Kings) will have to earn it. Hindi naman namin ibibigay sa kanila on a silver platter ang laro," said Bulls coach Yeng Guiao yesterday. "If they really want it, they’ll have to get it."

Penny earned an automatic one-game suspension after being slapped two technical fouls in Game 4 won by Red Bull 88-85 last Sunday. As of press time yesterday, pro league technical committee chief Perry Martinez and commissioner Noli Eala were discussing whether Penny’s actions would also merit a fine.

The usually explosive Penny, who averaged 25.5 points and 17.7 rebounds in the series’ first three games, wound up with only 14 points and 10 rebounds. He stuck out his foot on a jump-shooting Mark Caguioa and was slapped his second technical foul with 4:27 left in the game.

It was Penny’s first technical during the third quarter that drew the ire of Guiao and Red Bull management, however.

Penny tried to block a driving Caguioa long after the referees have already blown a whistle for a foul and the two collided under the basket.

Martinez explained that Penny was assessed a technical foul for an "extra motion" after the whistle. Caguioa, who threw the ball at Penny, was also slapped a technical foul.

Guiao would have none of the Martinez’s explanation, however, calling the technical fouls as inequitable.


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