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2 EAC players, Altas’ Cabiltes suspended

Games today (The Arena, San Juan)
10 a.m. • Lyceum vs EAC (jrs)
12 nn. • St. Benilde vs San Sebastian (jrs)
2 p.m. • Lyceum vs EAC (srs)
4 p.m. • St. Benilde vs San Sebastian (srs)

THREE players, who were ejected during the University of Perpetual Help-Emilio Aguinaldo College game, were suspended for one game by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

EAC’s Enjerico Diego and Raymund Pascua and Perpetual Help’s Nick Cabiltes were sanctioned for for their unsportsmanlike acts in their Tuesday game, won by the Altas, 89-59, in a second-round encounter in the 91st NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Diego and Cabiltes engaged in a pushing match, while Pascua was seen in a fighting stance that led to their ejection with 1.28 minutes left in their duel.

This means Diego and Pascua will not play when EAC clashes with Lyceum of the Philippines University in a non-bearing game at 2 p.m. today at The Arena in San Juan City.

Cabiltes, on the other hand, will serve his one-game ban when Perpetual Help faces off with Jose Rizal tomorrow.

College of St. Benilde will go against San Sebastian at 4 p.m. in  another non-bearing contest.

Meanwhile, the NCAA Management Committee, chaired by Melchor Divina of Mapua has yet to act on the brawl involving the same players outside the court.

Cabiltes, EAC player Sidney Onwuberre and Pascua were involved in a scuffle that took place afterwards at the parking lot, just when both teams were leaving the venue.

The brawl allegedly started when Pascua sneaked behind Cabiltes and  struck him in the head.

Perpetual Help board representative Jeff Tamayo said the incident did not develop into a full-blown incident because he was able to get in the way of the Altas team and the EAC players.

“Nasa gitna ako. Hindi na ito na-develop sa talagang away dahil ako mismo pumigil,” said Tamayo, who added he personally restrained Onwuberre.

Tamayo said he then told Cabiltes to “back off,”

He said he will submit his report to the mancom, and from there, “it will be easier to determine who is directly involved.” 

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