THE NCAA has cracked the whip on four players and a coach for their participation in a near free-for-all during the seniors’ basketball game between Emilio Aguinaldo College and College of St. Benilde last Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Blazers guard Joel Tolentino received the harshest penalty as he incurred a three-game suspension for a “series of violations that led to instigation of a fight,” read the infraction form signed by the league.
Tolentino’s teammate Rhoel Maconocido and the Generals’ Francis Munsayac, Jorem Morada and coach Gerry Esplana were all slapped with one-game suspensions.
The match, handily won by the Generals, 76-61, was marred by a near brawl in the waning seconds triggered by an altercation that saw a taunting Munsayac getting elbowed twice by Tolentino and Maconocido.
The pesky Emilio Aguinaldo guard fell on the floor after getting the last of those two cracking elbows from Maconocido.
The physical play led Esplana to confront Maconocido at mid-court. The two were later ejected.