UAAP bans Game 2 refs; NU's Gonzales, two Eaglets suspended for finals decider due to scuffle
The heated Game 2 in the finals between the Blue Eaglets and the Bullpups has resulted in the suspension of three players as well as the officiating crew of the match. Marlo Cueto

THE UAAP Commissioner’s Office has suspended Ateneo players Allen Tanedo and Amchel Angeles following a contentious incident in Game Two of the Season 80 juniors basketball final on Tuesday.

UAAP basketball commissioner Rebo Saguisag said Tanedo and Angeles have been barred from playing in Friday’s Game Three for their role in a scuffle that led to the ejection of National University cager Cyril Gonzales during the third quarter of Game Two of the juniors finals series.

Saguisag, however, said Gonzales will not escape sanctions as he will remain suspended for the rubber match of the UAAP juniors championship series on Friday.

Saguisag said the referees of the game were also suspended for mishandling the incident.

Tuesday’s Game Two was marred by a bizaare incident where Gonzales was hit by Tanedo to the head in front of the Ateneo bench, causing the NU player to retaliate with a kick to Tanedo’s foot. Strangely, Tanedo and Angeles were recalled to the game after referees initially ejected the two players.

Citing Fiba rules, Saguisag explained the referee should not have recalled the initial disqualification to Tanedo and Angeles for their flagrant acts of aggression against Gonzales.

“Tanedo’s act of taking a swipe at Gonzales (which arguably the trigger) constitutes flagrant acts of aggression,” said Saguisag.

The UAAP commissioner said Angeles made a similar act in pursuing Gonzales, among others, after the Bullpups guard retaliated with a kick to Tanedo.

“The same is true as to Angeles, whose totality of acts included: 1) pushing/shoving Gonzales; 2) aggressively pursuing Gonzales and having to be restrained by at least 2 assistant coaches and a teammate; and; 3) after having been restrained, he still taunted/dared Gonzales - all of which likewise constitute flagrant acts of aggression,” Saguisag said.

Saguisag, however, said Gonzales didn’t escape suspension because of his own act of kicking Tanedo.

”Gonzales automatic suspension is sustained as we find no reversible error on the part of the referees,” said Saguisag.

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