CEBU CITY – Remember Justine Jake Rosete? The University of the Visayas Baby Lancer who just months ago made headlines for putting an Ateneo de Cebu player in a headlock?
Well, he's in hot water once again.
This time, he was caught on video hitting the already-injured chin of Ateneo de Cebu guard Andrew Velasco in the first half of Game Two of the best-of-three finals series in the Cebu National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) tournament on Sunday.
A day earlier, Velasco failed to finish the series opener as he suffered a deep gash on the chin which required eight stitches to close up after landing hard on the floor while driving against UV’s Beirn Laurente who tried to draw an offensive foul.
But to rub salt to the injury, Rosete was seen bodying up Velasco as he was jogging up the floor and then, out of nowhere, delivered a karate chop on the latter's injured chin.
See the video:
An unsportsmanlike foul was initially called on Rosete. However, a source said a video of the play has prompted Velasco’s parents to file a letter to NBTC officials urging a stop to such incidents.
When asked about the play, UV head coach Delfin Pepito said that it was "part of the game."
"It's part of the game. The referee called a technical foul. I did not instruct the player to hit the chin. It was the player's action," said the veteran head coach.
UV team manager and Cebu First District Rep. Gerald Anthony 'Samsam' Gullas has already vowed to look into the matter and will hand a decision as soon as he finishes talking to the coaches on Wednesday.
Rosete gained infamy during the Cesafi tournament last year when he was seen in multiple photos putting Magis Eagle Benedict Chua in a headlock during a looseball scramble. Rosete was then suspended for the rest of the elimination round.
Not long after, Rosete made peace with Chua after he went to the latter’s abode to personally ask for forgiveness for the incident.