UAAP 82: Coach Bo to miss UP's next three games after incident with referee

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 01, 2019 02:20 PM
UAAP 82: Coach Bo to miss UP's next three games
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The University of the Philippines will be without head coach Bo Perasol for its next three games in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

This is because coach Bo had been slapped with a three-game suspension following his incident with referee Jaime Rivano in the Fighting Maroons’ matchup opposite Ateneo de Manila University last Sunday.

“After thorough review and careful deliberation made by the technical committee, we deemed it fit that the penalty of three-game suspension handed to coach Bo Perasol for his actions is the appropriate action,” basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan said in a statement released, Tuesday.

At the 6:23 mark of the third quarter of their much anticipated matchup opposite the Blue Eagles, Perasol was seen rushing at a referee and was apparently vehemently opposing a supposed non-call on Ange Kouame's defensive stop on Jerson Prado.

Not long after, he was pushed back to the bench by his players, but also headed to the locker room, already aware his action would have him thrown out of the game.

Indeed, the fourth-year head coach incurred two technical fouls for "unsportsmanlike favor."

As such, he got an automatic one-game suspension due to his ejection.

This, due to league rules which state, "A student-athlete, coach, trainer, or team manager, team official or any accompanying delegation member who is disqualified, thrown out of, or ejected from the game by the concerned game official shall not be allowed to play in the immediately succeeding game."

Two additional game bans were then given after coach Bo's "continuous flagrant acts of aggression" towards Rivano.

He will serve the three-game suspension in State U's games against Far Eastern University on October 6, University of the East on October 12, and University of Sto. Tomas on October 16.

The UAAP also added that, in the future, actions of the same sort will be dealt with similarly. "Do acknowledge that similar actions of the same grain shall be dealt with similar penalties," Ilagan said.

He then continued, "May this incident be an example for players and coaches alike to exhibit tremendous restraint and discipline, not just towards officials but everyone on the court. We'd also like to remind the teams that there are proper avenues to raise these contradictions and complaints to protect the sanctity of the game we all love."

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