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Devance downplays halftime incident with Balkman

Joe Devance did not take his altercation with Renaldo Balkman heavily. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Joe Devance treated the halftime altercation he had with Renaldo Balkman as merely an emotional outburst in a hotly-contested championship series.

"It was no big deal. Just a little pushing—there were no punches thrown," said the Ginebra forward after Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals against San Miguel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. "Emotions are going to be high. That’s all it was."

He also thought that Balkman, who has been doing pretty well in keeping his emotions in check since he got his PBA ban lifted, was just at the heat of the moment especially that he just made a buzzer-beating basket prior to the said incident.

"He is a little emotional guy. He is a great player. He played in the NBA. He’s just very passionate. We’ve been cool the whole time," continued Devance. "It’s just part of the game and the finals. It’s all good. I’m not worried about it."

Balkman quickly left the arena after the match.

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