NCAA: 'Disciplinary sanction' leads to first-half benching of Haruna and Leutcheu

Philip Matel on Jul 13, 2018 05:32 PM
'Sanction' leads to Haruna & Leutcheu 1st half benching
Yankie Haruna and Clement Leutcheu did not hit the hardwood up until the start of the second half, where both teams were knotted at 44.

'Disciplinary sanctions' by CSB Blazers head coach TY Tang led to the first-half benching of players Yankie Haruna and Clement Leutcheu in their opening-day 78-85 loss against the San Sebastian Stags at the Filoil Flying V Center. 

The two did not hit the hardwood up until the start of the second half, where both teams were knotted at 44. 

Haruna was able to make most of his playing time, becoming the second-leading scorer at the conclusion of the game, as he finished with 10 points. 

Leutcheu meanwhile finished with six markers and 10 rebounds.

Tang bared that the three had come to an agreement for the benching, and had given the explanation for the incident.

"Right now, we're doing rebuilding in our team," Tang said.

"We're changing the culture and this is the part wherein we'd rather discipline than being out there to compete to win. In the bigger picture of things, we want them to be winners in life more than winners in game." 

For the Cameroonian center Leutcheu, he respects his mentor's decision, and is 'fine' by the sanctions.

Leutcheu further said that he couldn't tell if he had any regrets with the incident, but remains committed with the team.

"We are here as brothers and we trust one another. We are in this together. Whoever is on the floor, we trust them. No matter who is in there, we are sure that he is going to give his all."

"We just want to come back, practice, and do better in our next game."

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