SAN Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya says a thorough review of videos of previous games will prove Michael Calisaan is not a dirty player and also show that Boyet Fernandez’s Red Lions themselves have committed violations in NCAA Season 93.
The San Sebastian Stags basketball team on Saturday posted on Facebook game clips Macaraya believes will clear Calisaan from the “dirty player” label.
The video opens with the phrase 'Calisaan plays hard but never dirty.'
He told Spin.ph he also showed videos of earlier games to the Office of the NCAA Commissioner as they seek to clarify fouls and penalties.
The Stags coach also lashed back at the Lions mentor, who called Calisaan a 'dirty player.' Macaraya said Calisaan had actually been on the receiving end of physical plays that could have merited a heavier penalty on the offending party.
"Kami kasi, nagrereklamo kami for clarificatory sa tawag. Pero because ayaw namin ng gulo, hindi kami nagbibigay ng statements sa inyo na sinasabi namin na eto 'yung sinasabi ni commissioner, eto 'yung sinasabi namin," said Macaraya.
"Ngayon na ito lumabas, kailangan makita ng buong Pilipinas kung dirty ba talaga si Michael o he plays hard lang. Ang problema kasi, kung makita mo sa lahat ng ginagawa ni Michael, siya ang agrabiyado," Macaraya added.
The video Macaraya sent also included the play that involved San Beda’s Robert Bolick and College of Saint Benilde guard Carlo Young.
Macaraya also hopes to point out with the video that in the game against Emilio Aguinaldo College, Calisaan was merely trying to prevent Sidney Onwubere from scoring a lay-up but was called for an unsportsmanlike foul.
Macaraya claimed it was even Onwubere who should have been slapped with, at least, an offensive foul for warding off.
"Michael was just going for the ball pero tinawagan si Michael ng judgement call flagrant foul," he said.
Macaraya also said they showed the incident to Cristobal but said it was a judgement call.
"At least pinakita ko sa kanila na it was not Michael ang dapat tinawagan nila. It should be an offensive foul or thrown out foul on Onwubere kasi tinamaan sa mukha si Michael. 'Yung paghampas sa bola ni Michael sa bola 'yung tinawagan nila," said Macaraya.
Another part of the video included a comparison between the incident on Friday and another incident during the game of San Sebastian against College of St. Benilde in which Calisaan was on the receiving end of an elbow to the head by CSB import Clement Leutcheu, which the referees only called as a technical foul.
"'Yung kahapon, chinarge nila na disqualifying foul na dinowngrade ng commissioner kasi na-review nila na hindi talaga totoo," said Macaraya.
On the CSB incident, Macaraya said, "Mukha 'yun ah. Tumba pa si Michael pero hindi thrown out 'yung import. Makita mo 'yung discrepancy ng disqualifying foul na tinawagan kahapon at 'yung siko na tinamaan si Michael."
Macaraya said he hopes to clear Calisaan's name.
"Nagagalit ako kasi sinisira nila si Michael at 'yung Baste," said a fuming Macaraya.