CEBU CITY – Jeffakins Aguara said he regrets failing to deliver for University of the Visayas in the Cesafi basketball tournament last week, but insisted he was in pain and simply could not play the way he was expected to in a game marred by a fight with his own teammate.
“I wasn't myself. I called for a substitution because I almost pulled my shoulder but the coaches insisted I should play on. There was nothing I can do. I was in pain,” said Aguara, explaining his actions during the endgame of the semifinal loss to University of San Carlos.
The 6-foot-5 forward was accused of playing passive and refusing to defend when USC import Shooster Olago went for a slam dunk that hiked the Warriors’ lead to double digits. That irked Lancers guard Arong, who shoved his teammate and the two nearly came to blows.
Now the Lancers’ Nigerian reinforcement is back in Cebu after leaving the city to think things over, and is now hoping to sort things out with UV management.
On the confrontation with Arong, Aguara said: “I felt bad because he doesn’t have any right to do that. No one wouldn’t retaliate if that happened to them. If it was him in my position, he will do the same or perhaps even more than that.”
USC went on to win and advance to the finals, with UV left to play for third against University of San Jose-Recoletos.
Aguara said he isn’t sure he will be welcomed back to the team especially after team manager Gerald Anthony Gullas expressed his disappointment with the Nigerian player’s failure to attend a scheduled meeting about the incident.
“I just came back and I heard that I am already out. I want to apologize to my boss (Gullas). I wanted to see him in person but he is not around. I am asking for forgiveness and be given a second chance and be accepted back,” Aguara added.