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    Kiefer to UAAP chief: 'Take a look at Camacho hit on Tolentino'

    Oct 20, 2018

    KIEFER Ravena is the latest to weigh in on the debate over suspensions stemming from excessive motion this UAAP Season 81.

    The former King Eagle retweeted a video showing Adamson's Simon Camacho hitting Far Eastern University's Arvin Tolentino in the gut area while the two jostled for position for a rebound off a Papi Sarr free throw during the two teams' first-round clash last October 7.

    In a message directed at UAAP commissioner Junel Baculi, Ravena wrote: "Mr. Baculi, i think you should check this out."

    "Just because @arvintolentino5 didn't lay down and grimace in pain, this should be tolerated. Not to defend my brother, but this should be sanctioned as well. Mistakes are not forgotten in 48 hours."

    Camacho escaped any sanctions for the hit.

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    Curiously, Tolentino was ejected from that same game on a disqualifying foul for his clothesline tackel on Sean Manganti late in the fourth quarter. He was subsequently suspended two games by the Commissioner's Office after a review.

    Collegiate basketball has been rocked by this debate since last week when the UAAP Board of Managing Directors hit three players, including Ravena's brother Thirdy of Ateneo, with suspensions for 'unsportsmanlike conduct.'

    Ravena's hit on Paul Desiderio with a closed fist to the solar plexus back in the Ateneo-UP tiff last Sunday was elevated, upon review, to an unsportsmanlike foul. His one-game suspension made him ineligible for the league's end-of-season awards.

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      Likewise, Tolentino will serve a two-game ban after getting his second disqualifying foul, this time a closed fist on University of Santo Tomas' Zachy Huang at the conclusion of their game last Sunday.

      Both Ravena and Tolentino will miss the second-round clash between Ateneo and FEU on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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      The last of those suspended players was Fighting Maroons forward Javi Gomez de Liano, who was thrown out after being whistled for two technical fouls in that same game against the Blue Eagles.

      In an interview, UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag urged coaches to police their own ranks amid the increasing frequency of foul play in the collegiate league.

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