The National Collegiate Ath-letic Association (NCAA) cracked the whip on three Letran players and one from San Beda College for their involvement in the melee that happened in their last NCAA Season 92 men’s basketball tournament game at The Arena in San Juan City on Friday.
Management Committee Chairman Jose Mari Lacson of San Beda said the league’s board upheld Commissioner Andy Jao’s recommendation to suspend Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Chris Dela Peña and Marvin Sario as well as San Beda’s Antonio Bonsubre for one game.
“The suspension will be served,” said Lacson.
The bench-clearing incident was triggered by the offensive foul called on Letran’s Bong Quinto for elbowing San Beda’s Jomari Presbitero with seven seconds left in the game eventually won by the Lions, 83-71.
Balanza then joined the scuffle by elbowing Presbitero in the face and was meted a flagrant foul, which was later upgraded to a disqualifying foul with a corresponding penalty of one-game ban.
“Balanza, during deadball, hit the face of Presbitero. Sario and dela Peña entered the court. They did not do anything but obviously it didn’t look well and could exacerbate the situation and the tension,” said Jao.
Balanza, a starter, and the seldom used dela Peña and Sario will thus miss Letran’s next game against winless St. Benilde at 4 p.m. today while Bonsubre will sit out in his team’s next match versus Mapua on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Jose Rizal aims to stretch its amazing run to five and leap to fourth place as it clashes with Emilio Aguinaldo at 2 p.m.
After opening the season with a 3-5 (win-loss) mark, the Bombers went on a four-game streak capped by a 68-58 win over the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates Friday to jump into a share of No. 4 with Cardinals with a 7-5 record apiece.
Jose Rizal could jump to solo No. 4 with another win.
Like Jose Rizal, San Sebastian also tries to keep its streak going against Lyceum in their 12 noon showdown.
The Stags won three straight over Perpetual Help, San Beda and Mapua after losing nine straight to improve to 4-9 while keeping their Final Four hopes afloat.
“We are more concerned on keeping the winning attitude before we think of anything else like the Final Four,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.
Braves bag 11th win in NCAA juniors
Arellano University overpowered Letran, 107-77, even as reigning seven-peat champion San Beda College turned back University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 93-81, on Monday to keep their grip of the top spot in the NCAA Season 92 juniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Guillmer dela Torre finished with 30 points including six of his team’s 11 triples while Aaron Fermin and Carlo Abadeza combined for 33 points and 25 rebounds to propel the Braves to their 11th win against a loss.
The sharp shooting dela Torre shone the brightest in the third quarter when he unleashed a 13-point splurge that sparked a huge run that turned a slim 25-18 half time lead to a comfortable 79-55 advantage at the end of the period.
It was garbage time the whole of the fourth canto.
“He was feeling it the whole it so we tried to go to him the whole game,” said Arellano coach Tylon Darjuan.
The Cubs, for their part, relied on a balanced attack as Germy Mahinay had 12 points while Joshua Tagala, Ry dela Rosa and Evan Nelle scattering 11, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Letran’s win-loss record fell to 5-8 while Perpetual Help’s slid to 4-9.