AFTER an ugly on-court brawl on Friday night, the battle between rivals La Salle and Far Eastern University has spilled over onto social media.
FEU coaches claimed La Salle coach Aldin Ayo attempted to choke Tamaraws player Arvin Tolentino while organizers and officials tried to bring order after two free-for-alls forced the stoppage of the match between the two fierce UAAP rivals in Davao.
Ryan Betia, an assistant of new coach Olsen Racela at FEU, provided a picture of Tolentino with a large welt in the neck which he claimed was caused by Ayo at the height of the melee that erupted late in a game a Kadayawan Festival tournament at the Almendras Gym.
Betia also provided a video that appears to reinforce his claim that the La Salle coach got Tolentino on a choke before raising his hand and trying to look as a pacifier.
"Coach ka pa naman dapat role model ka. Sabay taas kamay," Betia posted in the caption.
The Brawl in AlmendrasAugust 25, 2017
Betia also claimed Ayo and a few of his players bumped him after the match and even tried to escalated things when the former asked why they acted that way.
“Wala talagang class na coach,” said Betia of Ayo.
Ayo has yet to respond to requests for interviews from SPIN.ph staffers at posting time.
FEU athletic director Mark Molina also took a dig at Ayo when he weighed in on the melee with a cryptic late-night post on Twitter.
"When kids fight we should teach them the right path not plot a plan for them to retaliate," he posted.
On the other hand, La Salle supporters have trained their guns at FEU player Ron Dennison, who, they claimed, returned to the court after being ejected and threw a punch at Kib Montalbo that send the La Salle guard crashing to the floor.
Organizers stopped the match with FEU leading, 73-59, and declared a double forfeiture because of the brawl, which they claim was the first to mar the tournament in its eight years.
Davao organizers have also suspended all the players from both sides, leaving University of Santo Tomas and the Davao collegiate selection to dispute the championship on Saturday.
At posting time, organizers have also decided they will no longer ask La Salle and FEU to face off in the battle for third place, according to lawyer Francis Calatrava, head of the technical committee.
Neither school has yet to issue an official statement at press time.
The brawl is just the latest controversy to hit preseason games featuring FEU and La Salle. Another tuneup game pitting the two schools was stopped last year following a heated exchange between Ayo and former FEU coach Nash Racela.
Early Saturday, Nash Racela posted a tweet of his own that speaks volumes about the rivalry.
"I guess some things never change. #feu-dlsu," he tweeted.