Ateneo coach Perasol in near-scuffle after loss to La Salle

Enzo Flojo
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol was involved in near-scuffle after their loss to La Salle.

LIVID. Perasol charged at the referee in the 4th quarter. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda. 

MANILA, Philippines — One big fight? Almost.

Coach Bo Perasol figured in a near-scuffle moments after Ateneo de Manila University lost to archrival De La Salle University, 64-66, in the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Sunday, September 1 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Perasol was on his way to the dugout when one fan from the Archers’ side screamed at the Eagles’ coach, saying he was the reason why Ateneo lost the game.

This angered Perasol, who rushed closer to the stands and yelled back at the La Salle supporter. But security personnel of the venue quickly stepped in and prevented the incident from escalating further.

The fan was escorted out of the courtside area and the Eagles proceeded to the dugout.

Late in the final period, Perasol was assessed a technical foul after charging at the referee for what he believed was a missed call. 

The Archers capitalized on the rookie coach’s breakdown, with Almond Vosotros making two free-throws that gave La Salle a 63-59 lead with exactly a minute left. 

A few minutes after the incident involving Perasol, some Ateneo and La Salle fans sitting in the Lower Box area got involved in a yelling match, prompting venue security officers to step in anew.

Here are some tweets about the incident:

– Rappler.com