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    SBP deciding who takes over as Gilas coach while Chot serves ban

    Jul 20, 2018
    National coach Chot Reyes and deputy Jong Uichico are set to miss the Iran game in September.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has yet to decide on who will take over Chot Reyes when he serves his one-game suspension against Iran on September 13.

    “We have yet to decide, at the very least, who will coach the Iran game. That is something that we need to work on,” said SBP president Al Panlilio during a hastingly-called press conference on Thursday after Fiba announced its sanctions on the brawl that erupted between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia in the Fiba Basketball World Cup.

    Reyes was slapped with a one-game suspension and a fine of 10,000 Swiss franc (roughly P530,000) by Fiba for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior following a thorough review by the disciplinary panel of the match.

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    Reyes’ lieutenant Jong Uichico was also not spared from sanctions as he was slapped with a three-game suspension for unsportsmanlike behavior, leaving assistant coach Ryan Betia as the only member of the coaching staff who was not sanctioned by Fiba.

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    The two coaches along with 10 Gilas Pilipinas players were sanctioned by Fiba for their role in the brawl that erupted after Daniel Kickert elbowed RR Pogoy in the face in the third quarter of the match in the Philippine Arena.

    Panlilio said the SBP executive board will convene soon on what are the next actions of the federation following the sanctions slapped by Fiba.

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    National coach Chot Reyes and deputy Jong Uichico are set to miss the Iran game in September.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño
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