Altas, Generals bring on-court battle to parking lot
By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 22, 2015 07:59 PM
Exactly one year after the infamous on-court brawl in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Emilio Aguinaldo College again figured in another scuffle at the San Juan Arena.
Only on Tuesday, the heat spilled over to the parking lot as some Generals and players from University of Perpetual Help got involved with each other. Eyewitnesses named EAC’s Raymund Pascua and Sidney Onwubere and Perpetual’s Niko Cabiltes as the protagonists.
All three were said to have thrown punches before venue security and other teammates separated them. The NCAA is still investigating the incident and is yet to release a statement.
According to Alta GJ Ylagan, everything began when Pascua and Onwubere walked past them while yelling sweet nothings. Cabiltes returned the favor and the Generals rushed towards him and caused him to fall down with a few strikes.
Ylagan then said that he and teammates Nestor Bantayan, Ric Gallardo, and Flash Sadiwa stopped the fight from escalating. It was at that point that security arrived and separated the protagonists.
Earlier, Cabiltes and Pascua were involved in a flare-up right when the Perpetual-EAC matchup was ending. The two along with General Max Diego were all ejected from the game.
For his part, Pascua pointed at the Altas as the instigators. “Palabas pa lang ng arena, sa may pinto, nakita na namin silang inaabangan kami. Pero hindi na namin pinansin,” he said.
Once they neared the parking lot, Pascua then said it was the Perpetual players who started shouting sweet nothings. “We didn’t start it. We just defended ourselves.”
Last season, the benches of EAC and Mapua Institute of Technology both cleared after General John Tayongtong punched Cardinal CJ Isit during their game.
Akhuetie says Perpetual has ‘no time’ to fight EAC
By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 22, 2015 09:26 PM
Last year’s infamous on-court brawl haunted the NCAA anew when Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Raymund Pascua and Sidney Onwubere got involved with University of Perpetual Help’s Niko Cabiltes after their teams’ matchup on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena parking lot.
The three were said to have thrown punches before venue security and other teammates separated them. Earlier, Cabiltes and Pascua were involved in a flare-up right when the Perpetual-EAC matchup was ending and the two, along with EAC’s Max Diego, were ejected.
Both teams are pointing fingers at each other and the NCAA is still investigating the incident.
The Altas claimed that they were all gathering at the parking lot because they were waiting for the bus that would take them to their team dinner. It was there that, according to GJ Ylagan, “Binalikan nila (Pascua and Onwubere) kami at ayaw paawat. Ayun, kagulo na.”
The Perpetual players who were on scene said it was the other side that started it all with Nestor Bantayan even claiming, “Hindi kami makikipag-away. Masisira pa ang image ng Perpetual.”
In the end for the Altas, it was musclebound six-foot eight-inch Bright Akhuetie who kept kept telling his riled up teammates, “Cmon! Cmon! We have no time to fight them.”
He also added, referring to the fact that EAC has long been out of contention while Perpetual currently stands tied for first, “They have nothing to lose. Cmon!”
Letran ousts Perpetual, gains twice-to-beat edge in Final Four
By: June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
07:10 PM October 9th, 2015
Letran showed up anticipating a rough path to the Final Four but Perpetual Help simply wasn’t there for the challenge.
Firing on all cylinders, the Knights thrashed the Altas, 93-64, to gain the twice-to-beat bonus in the semifinals of the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tournament Friday at The Arena in San Juan.
Just about every opportunity that the Altas could get their hands on in the early going turned bad as the Knights charged ahead to a 16-1 lead, surged to 24 points at halftime and sustained the momentum to the finish.
Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal blew by their rivals in the open court and connected at different spots during the ferocious Letran run.
It readily filled the void left by Rey Nambatac, who hit the deck hard on a break and had to be carried on a stretcher.
Yet, it was the smothering defense on wingman Scottie Thompson that proved vital.
Far from his usual lethal self, the reigning MVP only had seven points on 2 of 11 shooting as the Altas championship hopes ended in tatters after they missed the Final Four for the first time in three seasons.
“We’re so upset in the game against San Beda. We just poured all of those frustrations in this match,’’ said Letran coach Aldin Ayo.
The Knights, who got clobbered by the Lions last time out, will join San Beda in the top two spots armed with the twice-to-beat edge. Both teams face each other Tuesday to determine the No.1 seeding going into the next phase.
Earlier, Paolo Pontejos scattered 12 of his game-high 23 points in the second quarter as Jose Rizal University swamped San Sebastian College, 91-69, to advance into the Final Four and end the double-round eliminations on a six-game win streak.
The Heavy Bombers secured the No. 3 spot due to a better quotient despite finishing identical 12-6 win-loss records with the Arellano Chiefs and Mapua Cardinals, who will figure in a make-or-break clash for the fourth and last semifinal berth Tuesday.
Playing against the worst team in the league, Mapua earlier suffered agonizing moments before dumping Emilio Aguinaldo College, 88-63, to secure the Allwell Oraeme had an inspiring all-around performance for the Cardinals with 16 points and 15 rebounds on top of four blocks, three assists and three steals.
JRU 91—Pontejos 23, Estrella 11, Balagtas 8, Lasquety 6, Cruz 6, Teodoro 6, Gorospe 6, Sanchez 5, Poutouochi 5, Abdul Wahab 4, Dela Paz 3, Dela Virgen 3, David 3, Astilla 2, Aurin 0.