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    No penalties from UAAP on La Salle, FEU over melee at Davao pocket tournament

    Sep 6, 2017

    THE UAAP is not inclined to penalize the protagonists in the La Salle-Far Eastern University melee in Davao City last month.

    UAAP president Anton Montinola of Season 80 host school FEU said since the controversial fracas occurred in a non-league game, it doesn't warrant penalties on the teams.

    [See La Salle coach Aldin Ayo denies he choked FEU player Arvin Tolentino during Davao ‘basket-brawl’]

    Montinola also added the league is also moving on from the incident, sharing the same sentiment that La Salle coach Aldin Ayo and FEU mentor Olsen Racela expressed during the league's presser on Monday.

    "This is a pocket tournament in Davao. It's not part of the UAAP, and to try to dwell on it is counterproductive," said Montinola. "Let's focus on the weekend ahead."

    [See FEU claims La Salle coach Aldin Ayo attempted to choke Arvin Tolentino as accusations fly after brawl]

    The game during the tournament held as part of the Kadayawan festival was halted as bench-clearing brawls broke out, with FEU's Ron Dennison ejected for a dangerous foul against La Salle’s Ricci Rivero.

    UAAP basketball commissioner Rebo Saguisag said there will be no additional measures, particularly for the league’s La Salle-FEU opener, to prevent a similar heated incident.

    [See New details emerge on Davao melee as Archers stopped from bringing chairs, stick in brawl vs FEU]

    "We treat each game the same way. No game should be easy to officiate because if every time you officiate differently, your performance will dip. So we always give our 110 percent," said Saguisag.

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    Saguisag also expects La Salle and FEU to behave properly so as a repeat of the incident in Davao will not spill over in the UAAP.

    [See Under-fire Ron Dennison claims he only came to aid of FEU teammates in 'basket-brawl']

    "We have to remember that these are champion teams. I expect them to behave as champions," said Saguisag.


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