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    NCAA mulling sanctions on coaches for criticism over Perez ban, says source

    Nov 7, 2018
    Topex Robinson and the Pirates played the title series opener without their main man.
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    THE NCAA Management Committee is set to meet over statements made by Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, St. Benilde head coach TY Tang and assistant Charles Tiu in the wake of the league’s decision to suspend CJ Perez for Game One of the finals.

    According to a high-ranking source, Mancom chairman Frank Gusi of Perpetual Help called for an emergency meeting to discuss the three coaches’ statements on social media and the mainstream press.

    The meeting is set on Thursday at the Arellano campus. The source said that there could be sanctions which could range from a stern reprimand to suspensions.

    Robinson lashed out at the NCAA for the one-game ban on Perez and league officials’ stance on “ligang labas” after Perpetual Help players were spared penalties despite an apparent tournament rule breach.

    “I just hope there will be consistency if there’s players at fault, let them face it. Wag nilang itago yung mali at gagawan nila ng paraan, yun lang ang sa akin,” Robinson said in a steaming near 13-minute interview with reporters on Tuesday.

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      Perez is set to return on Monday for Game Two, but it would be a huge blow for the Pirates to play without a coach as they try to force a decider in the finals.

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      Robinson didn’t hold back in the post-game interview of their 73-60 loss to San Beda as he pleaded for consistency from the officials with regard to handing out sanctions.

      Tiu on the other hand took his thoughts to Twitter, calling the decision a ‘joke.’

      “CJ Perez suspended in game 1 of the NCAA finals!?! Wow. That is a joke. I mean for the reason. That’s crazy,” said Tiu, who’s also a recognized media figure.

      It is still uncertain though as to what Tang said as the Blazers head coach has basically kept mum from any issue in the league.

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      Topex Robinson and the Pirates played the title series opener without their main man.
      PHOTO: dante peralta
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