Coach Boyet on Bolick: ‘Bakit ito-thrown out yung running for MVP?’
ENDED GAME. San Beda and CSB had some intense interaction in the endgame of their matchup.
San Beda College’s Boyet Fernandez is a calm and collected coach.
After their win on Tuesday, however, he no longer was cool and collected.
“It’s unethical. We were already up by 14 points and it was a fastbreak,” he told reporters, full of emotion, post-game. “Why endanger a guy?”
Fernandez was referring to the apparent takedown that ejected College of St. Benilde’s Carlo Young as well as Red Lions Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez.
Late in the game, the defending champions were up, 71-57, and were about to increase its advantage even more when Young prevented Bolick from finishing a fastbreak. The former took the latter by the shoulder and held him down all the way to the floor.
The two players then got entangled and Bolick appeared to be forcing to break free until referees and players from both sides finally separated them.
Game officials slapped the Blazer with a disqualifying foul for his apparent takedown as well as Bolick for his apparent second motion. Doliguez also got a disqualifying foul and entering the playing court during the incident.
While he was not happy with what Young had apparently done, Fernandez reserved his ire for the referees whom he feels wrongly disciplined his player. “And then punish a guy? I really don’t know what’s happening,” he said.
He then continued, “You throw out a guy who is tackled. I really don’t know.”
The San Beda mentor then went on to say that Bolick has been, without a doubt, “playing well right now.”
With the disqualifying foul, however, the King Lion will no longer be eligible for any individual award. “Bakit naman ito-thrown out mo yung tao? Diyos ko naman. The guy was running for MVP. They destroyed the future of that guy,” he vented, very much frustrated.
As per league rules, an ejection merits an automatic one-game suspension that will be served in the succeeding game. And as per league rules, a suspension disqualifies a player for individual awards.
After the first round, Bolick has been averaging 13.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists and stands sixth in the MVP race with 46.1 statistical points (SPs). University of Perpetual Help’s Prince Eze has come out of nowhere to become the frontrunner with 52.4 SPs.
And so, Fernandez said they will be appealing for the disqualifying foul to be overturned. “We’ll appeal that, for sure. But first, we’ll just wait for the report of the commissioner. We want to know what happened and why they called that for Robert,” he shared.
He then continued, “They have to justify it.”
Another thing for sure is that San Beda is adamant their main man did nothing wrong. As their mentor put it, “I think it’s not a closed fist. It’s really not a closed first. He was even pushed by the other guy.”
He then continued, “Natumba na, tinulak pa. Tatayo lang yung tao tapos tatawagan mo ng thrown out? Parang ang layo naman nun.”
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