Veteran Alaska guard Dondon Hontiveros had been getting chippy with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel center Billy Mamaril during Game Two of the Commissioner’s Cup finals Friday night.
So when Dondon Hontiveros drew a charging foul on Mamaril early in the fourth quarter, he couldn’t help but clap in the face of the Gin Kings big man, earning him a reprimand from people on the Ginebra bench for his taunting.
Later, Mamaril was seen exchanging heated words with Dondon Hontiveros from the Ginebra bench.
After the game, Dondon Hontiveros admitted that the incident provoked his late explosion. The Cebuano hotshot drilled four three-pointers in the fourth quarter to douse cold water on Ginebra’s rally attempts.
“Isa rin yun sa nag-trigger sa magandang laro ko. It looked like I played good defense doon sa incident na yun. I was able to draw an offensive foul sa kanya and was able to stop LA from penetrating the lane sa screen ni Billy. Kaya parang nagkaroon naman ako ng kumpiyansa,” Hontiveros told InterAKTV.
But he said that he regretted his actions taunting Mamaril, who he called a friend.
“I’d like to apologize to Billy and the Ginebra fans. Friend ko si Billy pero I was just carried away by the physicality,” he said.
“Kami ni Billy nag-uusap talaga kami. Kahit nga magkalaban kami, sinasabihan pa ako niyan kung may screen para hindi ako masyadong masaktan sa bangga. Kaya nung sinasabi ni Coach Juno Sauler na nag-taunt ako, I apologized quickly because I was just carried away.”