LEO Gabo's long-awaited NCAA return for Mapua would have to wait a little longer after he served the final game of his suspension slapped on him three years ago for his involvement in one of the most infamous brawls in league history.
Gabo was not around for the Cardinals' first game in the NCAA after two seasons as he served the final match of a four-game suspension for in his role in a 2014 free-for-all during a match between Mapua and Emilio Aguinaldo College.
During that melee, Gabo pushed EAC's John Tayongtong, an incident that sparked the melee which led to the Generals cager decking CJ Isit with a punch.
Gabo, however, was not able to completely serve the suspension as he only had three games left during that season.
He was not able to play for two seasons before returning to the NCAA line-up in Season 93.
"He is serving his suspension two years ago," said Mapua coach Atoy Co. "May suspension siya tapos he didn't play last year. Kailangan pa rin niya i-serve."
In Mapua's first game of Season 93, the Cardinals bowed to Arellano, 91-82, despite playing with only 10 players. Only eight saw action against the Chiefs.
Co admitted Gabo could have helped the team if he was present.
"Siguro, it would make a difference if Gabo was here. Pero I think next game, he is ready to play," said Co, referring to Mapua's match against Letran on Tuesday.