USPF cleared; game of­fi­cials placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

BENCH-CLEAR­ING IN­CI­DENT

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - By Jonas Rey N. Pane­rio COR­RE­SPON­DENT / C O R R E S P O NDENT RABBONI BORBON

The Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion (USPF) Pan­thers were ab­solved of the “bench-clear­ing” in­frac­tion they were slapped with in their wild match against the Univer­sity of Cebu (UC) Web­mas­ters on Thurs­day and will be al­lowed to play Satur­day against the Univer­sity of the Visayas (UV) sans four sus­pended play­ers and two as­sis­tant coaches.

The de­vel­op­ment came dur­ing a hastily put to­gether meet­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon at the of­fice of Ce­safi com­mis­sioner Felix Tiuk­in­hoy. Present were USPF team man­ager Brian Jereza, head coach Al­bert Alocillo, player Clyde Avan­cena, Ce­safi Deputy Com­mis­sion­ers Danny Du­ran and Marvin Panares, and the of­fi­ci­at­ing crew last Thurs­day, Roland Yamelo, Melvin Caumeran and Je­brel Calma.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Du­ran ad­mit­ted his er­ror in call­ing off the match with 1:17 left due to a “bench-clear­ing” in­frac­tion on USPF.

Af­ter a review of the game footage, it clearly showed that only four USPF play­ers – Ed­win Vil­larta, Ken­neth Cada, Ranje Mangyao and Jh­mer Ranceli – and two as­sis­tant coaches – Al­lan Ca­batin­gan and Ka­reem Alocillo – went onto the floor dur­ing the al­ter­ca­tion be­tween Pan­thers for­ward Roy Quia­chon and Yamelo.

The afore­men­tioned play­ers and as­sis­tant coaches will be sus­pended for a game and will miss to­day’s match against the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Lancers.

It was also de­cided that the three ref­er­ees, tech­ni­cal chief Ed Aguelo, the ta­ble of­fi­cials and Du­ran would be placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Du­ran rea­soned that he just didn’t want things to es­ca­late fur­ther to pro­tect all the par­ties in­volved, hence his de­ci­sion to put a stop to the game.

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Sur­prised

But the USPF del­e­ga­tion, led by Jereza, ar­gued that they were ready to fin­ish the game peace­fully – and it sure seemed headed that way af­ter UC guard Chris Naong canned two free-throws.

But just when the game was about to restart, things got bizarre. UC head coach Yayoy Al­coseba stormed the floor and de­manded that the en­tire USPF squad be thrown out of the game for en­ter­ing the floor dur­ing the com­mo­tion.

Du­ran quickly ac­ceded and brought all the of­fi­cials to their dugout, leav­ing USPF play­ers on their bench, with con­fused looks on their faces.

“We were ready to fin­ish the game and ac­cept our de­feat. But when Coach Yayoy de­manded that we all be ejected. We were sur­prised why ev­ery­one started walk­ing out,” said Alocillo.

“If we were all ejected, there were still five play­ers who were play­ing in­side the court and still le­gal to play,” he added.

The trou­ble be­gan with when Avan­cena threw an er­rant pass to team­mate Mark Tene­broso that nar­rowly missed Yamelo.

Yamelo, who had al­ready been ac­cused by the USPF bench of not giv­ing them a fair shake of the calls dur- ing the game, im­me­di­ately ap­proached Avan­cena from be­hind and al­legedly threat­ened to beat up the lat­ter out­side af­ter the game.

For­ward Roy Quia­chon heard the con­ver­sa­tion and quickly de­fended his team­mate, con­fronting Yamelo, lead­ing to some push­ing and shov­ing. Sev­eral coaches and play­ers also ran on court to con­front the said ref­eree, with po­lice of­fi­cers be­ing needed to deesca­late the sit­u­a­tion.

The af­ter­math saw Quia­chon get­ting ejected from the match.

Both Avan­cena and Tene­broso, the USPF play­ers in­volved on the play that in­censed the ref­eree, con­firmed that they had no ma­li­cious in­ten­tions what­so­ever.

“Why would I do such a thing? We were all just try­ing to fin­ish the game as we were beaten al­ready,” said Avan­cena. “I just got heated when he threat­ened me.”

Tene­broso ex­plained that he was cut­ting back­door as his de­fender was over­play­ing him. Avan­cena ap­par­ently did not get the mes­sage and in­stead threw the pass to the perime­ter.

Jereza also re­vealed that he had al­ready specif­i­cally re­quested to league of­fi­cials to not let Yamelo of­fi­ci­ate their game be­cause of prior run-ins.

USC STILL CON­FI­DENT IN CE­SAFI TKD

THE UNIVER­SITY of San Car­los (USC) is still ex­pected to be a force to reckon with in the up­com­ing Ce­safi taek­wondo tour­na­ment to­day at the Pa­cific Mall in Man­daue City.

The War­riors, last year’s cham­pi­ons in the men’s spar­ring com­pe­ti­tion, will be un­der­manned this year as the jins who helped them in their ti­tle run last year have al­ready grad­u­ated.

“Our lineup for kyurogi is in­com­plete be­cause most of them have al­ready grad­u­ated, but we are re­ally pre­par­ing for this school-based com­pe­ti­tion,” USC coach Glenn Lava said.

Lava is pin­ning his hopes on his poom­sae wards this sea­son.

“In poom­sae, I’m sure we can get many medals,” Lava, a three-time poom­sae world cham­pion, said.

Ex­pected to step up for USC are Mae­gan Bu­garin, Jon­say Sanchez, Al­drein Abreion, Lee Navales and Ni­c­hole Mau­rin.

The tour­na­ment will also be par­tic­i­pated by other pow­er­house teams like the Univer­sity of Cebu, South­west­ern Univer­sity, and Univer­sity of San Jose -Reco­le­tos.

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