ATENEO coach Bo Perasol said he will respect the decision of the UAAP board ordering him to serve a one-game suspension during the team’s crucial match against University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday where the two teams' Final Four fate will be on the line.
“I am not in a position to defend myself or (say) whether I think the decision is right or wrong. However, whatever it is, I will abide by it,” said Perasol, who returned to the Ateneo bench last Wednesday in a loss to National University, 70-65.
Perasol was asked to again serve a one-game suspension after he was found out to have been present during Ateneo’s game against University of the East last Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena during the time when he was supposed to be serving out the ban.
The former Powerade mentor in the PBA was holed out at the team dugout while the game was ongoing.
The league clarified it was not suspending Perasol again but was merely asking him to serve the earlier ban slapped on him following a run-in with a fan at the end of Ateneo’s match with rival De La Salle on September 1.
With a Final Four spot on the line, the Ateneo coach said he is confident the team will be playing its hearts out, regardless of who will handle the team.
“My team will fight for that Final Four slot with or without me at the helm,” he said.
Ateneo’s longtime assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga is expected to pick up the cudgels once again for the Eagles on Wednesday in Perasol’s absence.