EAC’s suspended Pascua: ‘Sobrang sama ng loob ko sa Perpetual’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 24, 2015 04:15 PM
EAC’s suspended Pascua: ‘Ang sama ng loob ko sa Perpetual'
ACCEPTANCE. Next season will be the next time Raymund Pascua takes the court in the NCAA.

Just like that, Raymund Pascua’s season is over.

Even though Emilio Aguinaldo still has three matchups left in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the reserve guard will have to sit out all of them after accumulating a three-game suspension.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was written while EAC was playing Lyceum of the Philippines University on Thursday. It has been retained in its original form so as not to complicate matters regarding the number of game suspensions levied and left.)

Pascua first received a one-game ban for his part in an on-court altercation during the Generals’ matchup with University of Perpetual Help last Tuesday. He was then levied an additional two-game sanction for his role in the post-game parking lot incident also between the two teams.

Reacting to the disciplinary action, Pascua told ABS-CBN Sports, “Ito ang pinaka-worst na nangyari sa career ko.”

He then continued, “Hindi na sana nangyari yun kung hindi nila (Perpetual) kami inabangan sa labas. Sobrang sama ng loob ko sa mga players ng Perpetual.”

Although obviously disappointed with the development, the EAC guard said he can do nothing but accept it. “Paghahandaan ko na lang ang next season. Para sa EAC community, gagawin ko ang lahat para batakin pataas ang team. Hindi ako magpapasira sa kahit kanino,” he said.

Last Tuesday, Pascua, teammate Sidney Onwubere, and Perpetual’s Niko Cabiltes were named by eyewitnesses as the protagonists in the commotion at the San Juan Arena parking lot. All three were said to have thrown punches before venue security and other teammates separated them.

The flareup at the parking lot stemmed from an on-court altercation during the teams’ earlier matchup. Cabiltes and EAC’s Enjerico Diego got involved with each other before Pascua entered the fray. All three were ejected.

For his part, Onwubere also said he can do nothing but accept his one-game suspension. “We accept that even if kami yung nadehado, pero I just want the people to know na we didn’t want anything to happen in the parking lit. We just really defended ourselves.”

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