MANILA, Philippines — After the end of violence in a match between the University of St. Benilde and Jose Rizal University, Blazers coach Charles Tiu is still proud of his team with how they reacted.
When the game was still 3:22, an ugly fight broke out between the two teams when John Amores of Heavy Bomber ran amok and began to unleash a series of punches that hit multiple Blazers.
That caused the tournament to end the match early and win the game for CSB, 71-51.
“It’s an unfortunate situation but in a way I’m proud that for the most part, our boys came together to try and not hit back. For us, we’re just trying to play basketball and our goal is to win the championship. Tiu said.
Tiu said he has already started eliminating some of his players to try to save them from being more physically fit, adding that his team has heard instructions from the other bench to “foul hard”. .
“I removed my best players to make sure they didn’t get injured. They complained they were affected the whole game and they heard people from the bench saying they fouled badly,” he explained.
Tiu also admitted to Amores’ past history of losing his temper in court, but wished him well.
“The person concerned has been in a similar situation before[…] It happens, basketball is physical but I don’t think there’s no need to charge on the bench if he gets poked around by someone. I pray for Amores and just, bless his soul.”
Blazers coach Charles Tiu after a rough finish against the CSB-JRU game during #NCAASeason98. The NCAA declared CSB the winner after the game was halted due to a scuffle with the Blazers, who were leading, 71-51. | via Melo Fuertes, Inquirer Sports
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The NCAA has yet to announce sanctions against the players involved in the melee but Amores was immediately escorted out of court after the incident.
Ahead of the NCAA’s 98th season, Amores threw a punch at the University of the Philippines’ Mark Gil Belmonte, leading to his indefinite suspension from the PG Flex Linoleum-UCBL Preseason Tournament.
The Blazers, meanwhile, are focused on the task at hand, which is to land a Final Four and eventually win an NCAA title.
“We played basketball, we were yelled at by the fans throughout the game. You just need to stay on it and play. I don’t know their side but for us we focus on basketball and respect the game. We don’t teach anyone to punch or hurt anyone,” Tiu said.
Jimboy Pasturan, who received a black-eyed punishment from an Amores punch, scored 18 points, four rebounds and three assists. Will Gozum also finished with a brace for CSB with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Marwin Dionisio won 18 markers and eight pounds in a losing attempt for the Heavy Bomber.
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