THE NCAA has cracked the whip on the cagers involved in the bench-clearing melee that marred a men’s basketball match between Emilio Aguinaldo College and Mapua on Monday, saying 'hooliganism' has no place in the country's oldest collegiate league.
The league suspended a combined 17 players from both teams, with EAC point guard John Tayongtong receiving the heftiest sanction with a five-game suspension for throwing a punch that decked Cardinals counterpart CJ Isit.
EAC teammates Jan Jamon, Ariel Aguilar, and Jack Arquero have been banned for three games, while John Santos, Manelle Quilanita, and Edsel Saludo have been slapped a two-game suspension. Faustine Pascual completes the EAC list after getting suspended for one game.
League commissioner Bai Cristobal has also indefinitely suspended and fined referees Molly de Luna, Menard Ballecer, and Cholo Caoile for letting the situation out of hand.
“The ManCom condemns in the highest level the unfortunate incident that occured in the Mapua-EAC game,” Season 90 management committee chairman Paul Supan said. “Hooliganism has no place in an established league like the NCAA.”
On the other hand, Mapua guard Leo Gabo received the longest suspension from his team for instigating the melee by pushing Tayongtong. He was banned for four games.
Teammate Jomari Tubiano was suspended for three matches, while Justin Serrano, James Galoso, Exeqiel Biteng, and Andoy Estralla are out for two games. Jerome Canaynay, Ronnel Villasenor, and Darrel Magsigay incurred one-game bans.
EAC’s Jerald Serrano, Christ Mejos, Ai Indin, and Jozhua General; and Mapua’s Jessie Satianan, Joseph Eriobu, Jeson Cantos, and Isit have been spared from suspensions.
Because of this, the two teams, both out of contention for the Final Four, may likely be forced to forfeit their next games.