University of the East (UE) forward Nick Abanto will be suspended for one game after he struck Will Navarro at Ateneo de Manila University during a rebound game at the Ynares Center in Antipolo on October 20th, UAAP reported on Tuesday.
With 6:33 left in the first half, Abanto swung his left arm and struck Navarro’s head in a rebounding battle.
UAAP basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan has changed the non-call to an unsportsmanlike foul after a thorough review by the tournament’s technical community.
On a number of reviews of the accident, they saw that Mr. Abanto’s intention was to strike Mr. Navarro, causing him to fall and ultimately be taken away from the playground.
Abanto was also called for another unsportsmanlike foul with 2:03 left in the game, this time in a scuffle against Blue Eagle Geo Chiu.
According to Article 4.3 of the UAAP Basketball Rules, The Commissioner has the power to impose additional penalties, which may be applicable to non-calls, but which include abhorrent actions of a kind, including, but not limited to, grossly unsporting fouls, and behavior involving dangerous and dirty tactics and backed by the official video.
Abanto finished the game with 6 points, 2 rebounds and an assist in their 50-84 loss against Ateneo. The UE was excluded from the final four fights.
Abanto will be suspended for the UE game against the Far Eastern University on Sunday, October 27, while Navarro will remain under observation for a possible concussion.
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