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Bizarre ending to CESAFi game after player attempts to hit ref

Mars G. Alison
Bizarre ending to CESAFi game after player attempts to hit ref
There was 1:17 left in the game when the opposing team and league officials cleared the court.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The game between the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Panthers in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) men’s basketball tournament ended abruptly with little explanation and 1:17 left on the clock, Thursday, September 14 at the New Cebu Coliseum. 

The table officials announced a bench clearing against the Panthers, meaning all players on the team had been ejected. The Panthers wanted to know who made the decision, but the officials, referees and the entire Webmasters team had exited the court, leaving the Panthers wondering what happened to the remaining time.

The commotion started when Panthers’ Roy Quiachon attempted to attack referee Rolando Meloling, whom he accused of threatening his teammate Clyde Avanceña with two minutes remaining in the ballgame and the Webmasters leading 79-55.

The incident was precipitated when Avanceña threw the ball to the side and almost hit the referee. The referee then approached him, said something to him, and Quiachon attacked him. 

According to Quiachon, he heard the referee telling Avanceña that he would wait for him outside and punch him for trying to hit him with the ball.

One of the table officials who declined to be named said the referee only told Avanceña, “do that again and I will take you out of the game.”

The USPF coach, his staff and some players also entered the court. 

Quaichon was ejected and the game continued. However, Webmasters head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba then complained, asking why Quiachon was the only player ejected when many of the USPF players also entered the court.

 

CESAFI deputy commissioner Danny Duran declared a bench clearing against USPF, with two free throws sank before the confusion resulting in the final score of 81-55. 

Panthers head coach Albert Alocillo asked who made the decision. And while USPF protested the ruling, all the game officials, referees and the entire Webmasters team walked away. – Rappler.com

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