South Western University Cobras ousts University of the Visayas Green Lancers and advances to the finals in an ugly match that suspended four UV Lancers players and Head coach.
The Cobras will make their first final appearance while UV Green Lancers will step out of the picture for the first time in Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) history.
The game was described as the ugliest incident that happened in CESAFI. Fans where throwing plastic bottles on the floor. CESAFI commissioner Felix O. Tiukinhoy, Jr. called off the game with 54.9 seconds remaining in the ball game.
By that time, the Cobras are already enjoying a 21 point lead.
UV Grenn Lancers coach, Felix Belano Jr. was thrown out of the ball game for excessive complaining.
This was the turning point of the ugly incident. The Lancers lost their poise and focus of the ball game and they even have the intention to harm their counterparts.
Junnard Premacio was whistled for an unsportsman like foul against Rene Pacquiao with less than two minutes to play.
Another incident took place with over a minute remaining in the ball game. Phil Mercader knock out Benito Ortuyo of SWU Cobras resulting to ejection of Mercader.
The ugliest incident happened when Edrian Lao hit armecin with an elbow, not satisfied he approached to hit Ortuyo on the face, but the Cobras starting point guard was quick to elude Lao’s punch.
Rene June Saycon joined the slugfest, turning the game into a riot.
Referee Jay Calma was not excluded and was hit by Lancer’s fans sustaining a cut on his right side of the head.
Tiukinhoy when asked about the incident he said “I can’t say anything except that I did not expect it will happen that way.”
“This game does not involve only the players but the entire league. I will write a report to the team owners and discuss the whole thing. We will evaluate the whole tournament and find out how these institutions should act on the concerned players. School owners should be responsible for their players and fans because it’s not nice to be in this commotion. Let us restore the integrity of the league,” added Tiukinhoy.
The Cobras will face UC Webmasters in their best-of-five finals series.