Amsali suspended for first San Beda-Letran rivalry game in NCAA 95

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 06, 2019 02:46 PM
Amsali suspended for first San Beda-Letran rivalry game
Rhayyan Amsali will have to wait until the second round to get his first taste of San Beda-Letran

San Beda High School will be without its main man in its first rivalry game opposite Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament, Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.

Red Cub Rhayyan Amsali will be serving a one-game suspension for that much anticipated match-up, as per the league office.

This, after basketball commissioner Tonichi Pujante meted out a disciplinary action. “Per NCAA rules, he is suspended for a game,” he said.

Last Friday in the Red Cubs showdown with College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills, Amsali and Lennox Valenzuela got entangled late in the fourth quarter, but no whistle was blown.

Based on replay reviews after the game, however, the NCAA determined that Amsali should have been called for a foul after his elbow got too close to Valenzuela. “It was a missed call by the refs, but upon review, his illegal action was clearly seen,” commissioner Pujante said.

As such, San Beda's one-and-done star has been slapped with a one-game suspension in his team's next assignment.

He was supposed to serve that disciplinary action in their game against Mapua High School on Tuesday, but that game was postponed due to suspension of classes all over Metro Manila.

And so, Amsali will instead sit out the Red Cubs' rivalry game opposite the Squires - barring any other game day postponement.

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