CEBU CITY — University of the Visayas' Franz Arong has been suspended and will miss the battle for third in the Cesafi basketball tournament, while Jeffakins Aguara has also been assessed the same penalty although the Nigerian import is said to have left Cebu.
The two teammates nearly came to blows in the dying moments of UV’s semifinal game against University of San Carlos. The Warriors won, 61-71, to reach the finals and the Green Lancers are left to play in the third place match.
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The decision was handed down by the Lancers’ team manager Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas, who lamented the “unsportsmanlike attitude” of both players.
Aguara did not show up when he was summoned for a meeting earlier in the week. According to sources, the Nigerian import had flown to Manila immediately after the incident.
The team is disappointed that their import failed to play defense on USC reinforcement Shooster Olago and instead played passive, which the Lancers believe hastened their downfall and put an end to their title reign.
“This was very apparent especially during the final seconds of the game when he allowed Olago to deliver a slam dunk. This fact angered Arong who had been observing the play of Aguara. The bench as well took notice that, indeed, Aguara never heeded the coach’s game plan,” Gullas said in a statement.
“It is not enough that we watch how we lose, we must make a fight regardless if we lose. It is the Visayanian’s attitude to take a gallant stand and accept defeat if it humbly comes,” added Gullas, also Cebu’s first district representative. “It has never been the character of a Visayanian to swallow indecisiveness. Sadly, Aguara never carried UV’s basketball style and passion.”
Gullas also said Arong should not have taken the matter into his own hands.
“Arong wanted to make his University proud by winning the game but, unfortunately, his act in dealing with Aguara is not called for. It is very improper and reprehensible to show overtly his disappointment over his teammate before a crowd. We may consider that some may cast sympathy with his plight, but it turned to many as a mockery,” Gullas announced.
With the recent black eye that tarnished the school’s proud legacy, Gullas said that they will be undertaking a new approach to disciplining their players.
“Basketball is not just shooting the ball or making for a rebound, above all, it is about sportsmanship.”