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    Cagayan says team dedicating final D-League games to banned coach Alvin Pua

    May 17, 2015

    CAGAYAN said it has accepted the decision of the PBA to ban its head coach Alvin Pua for life and assured it will play its remaining games in the D-League Foundation Cup, but at the same time expressed hope that reforms will be made to improve the quality of officiating in the league.

    In an official statement released by the team on Sunday, the Rising Suns said they are saddened by the lifetime ban meted by the PBA on Pua for punching referee Benjie Montero during their game last Thursday against Livermarin.

    Nevertheless, the Rising Suns said they respect the decision made by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud.

    “We respect the decision of the commissioner. We will be playing our remaining games without a head coach, but we will be playing it for him. Tuloy pa rin ang laban ng Cagayan,” said the team.

    Cagayan also offered no excuses for the incident, airing the hope that the controversy will serve as a “wake-up call” for the league to address the “incompetent” and “inefficient” officiating in the PBA D-League.

    “We are sorry it happened. Coach Alvin's emotions got the best of him. It only shows how protective he is of his players and how passionate he is for basketball," said the team.

    “We just hope that this incident will finally serve as a wake-up call to the D-League and that it will make them see that indeed there is incompetence and inefficiency with its officiating. We are not the only team to complain about this. Even teams in the PBA share the same sentiments.”

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    Cagayan also formally announced that it will play in the PBA D-League for the final time.

    “We have always been vocal of our complaints particularly about the poor officiating in the league. In fact we are known to be the most "reklamador" team in the D-League. We don't do this to sour grape for our losses. We accept defeat with pride as long as we know it was fair. We have aired our sentiments to the commissioner and hopefully it helps them for the improvement of the league.”

    “But at this point, our decision to end our campaign in the D-League remains.”

    Here is Cagayan's statement in full:

    The Cagayan Rising Suns family is saddened by the decision of the Commissioner to ban Coach Alvin Pua from the PBA. To lose the man who has given this team the identity of who and where they are right now is simply heartbreaking. Nevertheless, for the sake of our players and commitment, we will finish our remaining games for this conference. Though Coach Alvin will not be able to man during games, he will still be the backbone of this team. The management, staff and players are one in saying that he is still our head coach.

    This team was put together with the goal of giving hope to aspiring ballers and providing them the opportunity to make it in the big leagues. A chance to mold and develop their skills and talents and be considered as competent and able players of basketball. Unlike other teams, we have nothing to promote or advertise. We simply want to expose and develop the potentials of the players that we believe are deserving to be in this league and in the pro leagues. For the past three years we have done that. We have lived up with that goal and proud to have helped some players who are now playing in the pros. Most of the credit of these achievements is to our Head Coach for his commitment and dedication to this team and his passion for basketball.

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    We joined the PBA D-League 3 years ago believing that it would be a good avenue to make our goal happen. We believed that the D-League would give our players the best chance of making it big and develop them to be competitive and professional. We recognize the role it has played for us in the past three years and we thank them for accommodating us. But, with the past incidents and recent developments, we are formally announcing that this will be our last conference in the PBA D-League. We have always been vocal of our complaints particularly about the poor officiating in the league. In fact we are known to be the most "reklamador" team in the D-League. We don't do this to sour grape for our losses. We accept defeat with pride as long as we know it was fair. We have aired our sentiments to the commission and hopefully it helps them for the improvement of the league. But at this point, our decision to end our campaign in the D-League remains.

    There is no excuse for the incident last Thursday. We are sorry it happened. Coach Alvin's emotions got the best of him. It only shows how protective he is of his players and how passionate he is for basketball. We just hope that this incident will finally serve as a wake up call to the D-League and that it will make them see that indeed there is incompetence and inefficiency with its officiating. We are not the only team to complain about this. Even teams in the PBA share the same sentiments.

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    We respect the decision of the Commissioner. We will be playing our remaining games without a head coach, but we will be playing it for him. Tuloy pa rin ang laban ng Cagayan.

    We would like to thank our supporters who have stood by us despite of what happened. Your support and confidence serves as our strength and inspiration. To our friends in the media who have come to hear and air our side, thank you and God bless.

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