CEBU CITY — Justine Jake Rosete has been suspended three games by University of the Visayas for putting Sacred Heart School’s Benedict Chua in a headlock during a loose ball scramble in a Cesafi juniors basketball game.
Team manager Gerald Anthony Gullas said he thought initially to ban Rosete for the season. It is unclear if penalties will be handed to other players.
“UV players must learn and they must learn hard. I thought of imposing a season long suspension to Jake, but I decided to give him a chance to make things right this CESAFI season,” said Gullas in a statement posted on his Facebook page.
“I believe that he must redeem himself and prove his worth as a player and as a person. On that note, I also believe that he must do that during the same season he messed up and made a bad name for himself and for the school,” he added.
Gullas apologized for the behavior of the players, adding that further involvement in violence during games will result in the Baby Lancers getting stripped of their scholarship and kicked off the squad.
“It is very unfortunate that the UV Baby Green Lancers is again in troubled waters. The act of one of our players during a game against Ateneo is so appalling that I cannot describe it in plain language. Choking another player during a basketball game is an assault against the very foundation of all sports – good sportsmanship.
“I apologize for all the fans and the basketball community. There is no better term I know except to ask for forgiveness for whatever this incident may have caused you. I believe that, right here, without any excuse, I, and the management of UV recognize the fault of one of our players. For this, we apologize.
After making headlines in a free-for-all during a preseason tournament in Cordova in July, the Baby Lancers were again in hot water when they took on bitter rivals Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles.
Ivan Maata was ejected five minutes into the ballgame for punching Ateneo de Cebu’s Errol Pastor in the nether regions.
Rosete later put Magis Eagle Benedict Chua in a headlock during a looseball scramble, the image of which was captured and uploaded to social media.
A video capture of Baby Lancer Joshua Yerro punching Ateneo de Cebu ace Jed Colonia also surfaced.
“The core value of UV Basketball is to play hard. UV players since my grand fathers’ time play hard. But UV Basketball should only play tough and not rough,” said Gullas, the Representative for the First District of Cebu.
“As the team manager, I do not condone players who use violence as a means to play basketball. I do not allow any aggressive assault against a player or a team. Measures will be done to correct these wrongdoings.”