MANILA, Philippines – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has slapped players from University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and Emilio Aguinaldo College with suspensions for an off-court altercation that occurred at a parking lot of the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City on Tuesday, September 22.
Raymond Pascua of EAC and Nikko Cabiltes of Perpetual Help will miss 3 outings for their respective teams, while EAC’s Enjerico Diego and Sidney Onwubere received a one-game ban.
Diego and Cabiltes were ejected with 1:38 remaining in the final frame after both men shoved each other following a rebound play, while Pascua entered the fray and instigated a scuffle.
According to an eyewitness account, the commotion spilled outside the playing venue as Cabiltes confronted Pascua before the two exchanged verbal jabs and then traded punches, prompting security officials to intervene and control the melee.
One witness claimed that Pascua was accompanied by Onwubere to attack Cabiltes, but Diego was not seen at the aforementioned scene.
The observer further stated that import centers Bright Akhuetie and Hamadou Laminou tried to stop the altercation together with GJ Ylagan and Nestor Bantayan.
After NCAA looked into the brawl, the league also announced that Perpetual Help’s Bantayan is also being barred for two games, while Ylagan and Flash Sadiwa were given a stern warning. – Rappler.com
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