National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) commissioner Arturo Cristobal on Tuesday imposed a one-game suspension on Letran Knights coach Caloy Garcia for committing two technical fouls that led to his ejection from the game. Cristobal also suspended co-captain Mark Cruz for confronting referee Ian Borbe right after their lost a game 60-69, against Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers on Monday.
Five Letran players among them co-skipper Kevin Racal, Jamil Gabawan, Rey Publico and Rey Nambatac were also given stern warning for charging toward the game officials prior to the league’s 30-minute cooling period.
Borbe who got the severest penalty—a three-game ban—will be re-evaluated on his return. Borbe might serve his suspension in the other collegiate league, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), where NCAA referees also officiate.
“We’re just following the NCAA house rules concerning sanctions to coaches and players displaying unsportsmanlike conduct by provocative gesture meant to ignite a brawl or a fight,” said Cristobal.
“As for our referee, who admitted responding with profane languages, he will also be punished with suspensions on both the NCAA and UAAP and will be re-evaluated on his return,” he added.