THE thrilling NCAA men’s basketball match between College of St. Benilde and Lyceum on Thursday night at The Arena in San Juan ended with a commotion as the final buzzer sounded.
Witnesses claim Lyceum player Dexter Zamora hit the Blazers’ RJ Argamino in the mid-section as both teams were preparing to sing their respective school hymns following St. Benilde’s 75-69 victory - the school's first this season after five heartbreaking losses.
The incident led to the commotion that soon sucked in players and coaches of both teams.
They were pacified by the venue’s bouncers and some members of the league’s technical committee, including commissioner Joe Lipa, before the incident could turn worse.
“I really saw somebody throw a punch at my player, that’s why I reacted,” said Blazers coach Gabby Velasco, who had to be pacified by his staff during the scuffle. “It was a cheap shot.
“I hope the league does something about this. They cannot tolerate such action.”
Zamora, who was a key figure in the Pirates’ late-game rally that fell short, denied the accusation.
“Hindi ko nga siya tinulak eh. Wala akong ginagawa. Nagulat na lang ako tumumba na siya,” he said.