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    Crisis over as Alas puts apology in writing

    Oct 23, 2012

    UNSATISFIED with the apology of Louie Alas given through the media, the NCAA management committee has asked the Letran coach to put the apology in writing to avoid suspension ahead of the Knights’ winner-take-all match against San Beda for the men’s basketball championship this Friday.

    “Medyo naging inconsistent lang. Sa ibang papers nagso-sorry, pero sa iba parang hindi,” Mancom vice-chairman Dax Castellano of College of St. Benilde told over the phone on Tuesday afternoon.

    Castellano led the panel which decided on the sensitive matter after Season 88 chairman Fr. Vic Calvo, O.P., Letran’s representative to the body, inhibited himself from the discussion along with San Beda counterpart Mari Lacson.

    Sought for comment, Alas, 49, said he has already written the apology and will submit the letter “asap.”

    “No problem. I wrote it na,” Alas said in a swift reply that showed how badly he wants to be there at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday for Game Three, when the Knights gun for their first league title in seven years.

    In a statement, the ManCom also asked a written apology from referees’ supervisor Romy Guevarra, who responded to Alas’ gesture by giving the Letran coach the dirty finger moments before the Knights sealed their 64-55 Game Two victory.

    Like in the previous hearing on Monday, Guevarra was again a no-show in the Mancom meeting on Tuesday.

    “The NCAA management committee has asked for a written apology letter from NCAA technical committee head Romy Guevara to be submitted ASAP (before Friday). Same thing for Letran coach Louie Alas, a written apology to be submitted ASAP. Failure to do so by both will merit one-game suspension,” said the Mancom in an official statement.

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