UAAP 82: UE's Abanto suspended for 'unprovoked' hit on Ateneo's Navarro

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 22, 2019 12:30 PM
UE's Abanto suspended for hit on Ateneo's Navarro
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Upon deep review, UAAP Basketball Commissioner Jensen Ilagan has upgraded an act by University of the East's Nick Abanto last Sunday from a non-call to an unsportsmanlike foul.

With him also being assessed an unsportsmanlike foul with 2:03 left in UE's game versus Ateneo de Manila University, Abanto will be suspended during the Red Warriors' game against Far Eastern University on Sunday.

The said act happened with 6:33 left in the opening frame of the game that saw Abanto swing his left arm towards the head of Blue Eagle William Navarro during a rebounding battle.

No foul was called.

"Upon multiple reviews of the incident, we saw that there was intent by Mr. Abanto to hit Mr. Navarro that caused (the latter) to fall and eventually be carried off the playing court," said Ilagan.

"The action was unprovoked and his intention to hurt was apparent. Therefore, an unsportsmanlike foul shall be assessed against him."

According to article 4.3 of the UAAP Basketball Rules, "The Commissioner has the power to impose additional penalties. This power may be exercised to non-calls but involve abhorrent acts in nature including, but not limited to, flagrant unsportsmanlike fouls, and conduct that involves dangerous and dirty tactics and supported by the official video."

With this, Ilagan calls on all the student-athletes to be mindful of their actions both on and off the court.

"We call on all student-athletes to always keep in mind the safety and welfare not just of their teammates but also their opponents. Though the spirit of sports is competition, the ultimate goal is to build comradery among everyone," Ilagan stressed.

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