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Commissioner Pujante shares thoughts on NCAA’s decision to suspend Macaraya, Amsali

by Niel Victor Masoy, August 10, 2019 2:31am

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has not only suspended season 95 basketball tournament games the past week, the league also suspended household names amidst the inclement weather brought about by typhoon Hanna.

San Sebastian College Recoletos (SSCR) head coach Egay Macaraya and San Beda High School (SBHS) forward Rhayyan Amsali were the two personalities who were slapped with one-game suspension each.

NCAA Commissioner Tonichi Pujante shared his thoughts on the cases of Macaraya and Amsali.

“Kay coach Macaraya it was the ManComm (Management Committee) eh, I just made my recommendation but it was the ManComm who decided,” said Pujante in an interview with Courtside Philippines.

Asked what was his recommendation, Pujante refused to divulge it.

The league’s ManComm, through chairman Peter Cayco, handed Macaraya a one-game ban on Tuesday, August 6 for his ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ during the Golden Stags game against the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates last July 23.

While the committee didn’t go into detail as to how Macaraya incurred the unsportsmanlike conduct, reports pointed to the Golden Stags coach instructing his player Ammar Cosari to hurt the hand of LPU’s Mike Nzeusseu during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the San Sebastian-Lyceum game.

Nzeusseu was still recovering from a hand injury at that time.

Macaraya was caught doing such an act during the ABS-CBN’s live TV broadcast of the contest. He was supposed to serve his one-game suspension in the Golden Stags’ game against the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals on Friday, August 9, but since the league postponed the games on that day, Macaraya will have to sit out San Sebastian’s game against the Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Knights on August 15, instead.

The ManComm also asked Macaraya to do a public apology and community service for his action.

As for Amsali, Pujante and the ManComm decided to penalize him for elbowing La Salle Green Hills (LSGH) Lennox Valenzuela in the fourth quarter of the Red Cubs-Greenies game on August 2.

“I based that on NCAA rules. Even though it was not called by the referee pero pag nakita sa review na nag-commit siya ng illegal act (pwede pa rin siya ma-suspend),” remarked Pujante.

Amsali is set to serve his one-game ban in the rivalry game between the Red Lions and the Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Squires on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome. 

The Gilas Youth standout was supposed to sit out San Beda’s game against the Mapua High School Red Robins on Tuesday, but he wasn’t able to do so as the ManComm postponed that contest and all the other games on the same day due to inclement weather.

The two referees, who were situated near the incident but failed to blow their whistles, were also suspended.

“Kaya lang pati yung referee suspended. Kasi it takes two to Tango diba? So aside from Amsali, two of the referees were suspended.”

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