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Petronovela continues: Renaldo Balkman melts down, tussles with Arwind Santos at end of loss

AKTV file/Pranz Kaeno Billones

AKTV file/Pranz Kaeno Billones

For five straight game, Renaldo Balkman was the hero for the Petron Blaze Boosters’ winning run.

But the former New York Knicks first round pick was frustrated all game against Alaska Friday night, as Petron saw its winning streak snapped. Averaging more than 28 points coming into the match, Balkman managed just six points against the Aces.

Balkman melted down near the end of the game, confronting all three referees after committing a foul with 21.6 seconds left.

Petron assistant coach Biboy Ravanes and teammate Ronald Tubid tried to pacify the import, but were shoved away by Balkman.

Boosters co-captain Arwind Santos took his turn to try calming down Balkman, but was also pushed away. Santos responded with a push of his own, before Balkman grabbed at his neck.

Teammates and coaches had to come in and separate the two players, before Balkman was finally calmed down and subbed out.

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