January 31, 2023

Filipino Guardian

Sentinels of Filipino Free Press

NCAA hits Amores with an indefinite suspension

COLLEGE of St Benilde coach Charles Tiu said yesterday they are considering filing a case against JRU’s John Amores for attacking and hitting several of his players. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ RUSSELL PALMA

Faces multiple charges from CSB and players

games tomorrow
(Filoil EcoOil Center)
12 p.m. – CSB vs UPHSD
3pm – JRU vs. SSC-R

THE SKY has fallen to the controversial cager John Amores of Jose Rizal University.

Mr. Amores was recently suspended indefinitely by the NCAA for his violent behavior during an ugly brawl that led to the league halting play and awarding Tuesday’s 71-51 win at the Filoil EcoOil Center to the College of St. Benilde time locked.

Letran’s NCAA Administrative Committee representative, Ms. Vic Calvo, OP, said yesterday they complied with the ban on Mr. Amores for multiple misdemeanors — intentionally pushing and pointing at the umpires, disregard for Mancom officers and court officials, assault on CSB and hits on four Blazers in Mark Sangco. Jimboy Pasturan, Taine Davis and Migs Oczon.

“The penalty imposed was in accordance with the league’s bylaws. Violence has no place in the NCAA and the Mancom will not tolerate acts that endanger the athletes and everyone in the league,” Mr. Calvo said.

The league also cracked the whip on several players, banning Mr. Sangco and his CSB teammate Chris Flores for two games for engaging in fist fights and brawls, and JRU’s William Sy and Ryan Arenal for acts of disrespect.

Also, CSB’s Ladis Lepalam and JRU’s Mr. Sy, Jason Tan, Joshua Guiab, Jason Celis, Marwin Dionisio, Jan Abaoag, Jonathan Medina, Karl de Jesus and CJ Gonzales were banned for one game for entering the pitch.

Mr Calvo said the league is not fully closing the door on Mr Amores, who is expected to be intervened by JRU through psychological and spiritual healing.

“We are not closing the door on him, especially on his career. Justice tempered with mercy. We have to be Solomonic and open the door to the player, no matter how small he is,” said Mr Calvo.

Interestingly, with 10 players released, JRU will only have five players left when they take on San Sebastian tomorrow.

And that wasn’t the only issue Mr. Amores is facing, with multiple lawsuits looming on the horizon if it wasn’t already.

CSB coach Charles Tiu said they are considering filing a lawsuit against Amores, as well as the parents of Taine Davis and Jimboy Pasturan, who were punched in the face by Mr Amores, which led to the team sending them to the hospital for medical treatment that night .

That doesn’t include the case already filed by a University of the Philippines team supporter after Mr Amores docked Mark Gil Bautista, the Maroons’ new recruit, in a preseason game last July.

“We are waiting for the school’s official statement, but we will probably file complaints, and I think parents of players want to file a case,” Mr. Tiu said.

Mr. Amores went amok after attacking a fan who was harassing him behind CSB bench but eventually faced the Blazers, traded punches with Mr. Sangco, clocked Messrs Pasturan and Davis and threw one at Migz Oczon, who failed to connect.

It was a wild series of unfortunate events that could have effectively ended Mr. Amores’ basketball career.

Meanwhile, Mapua defeated Arellano U (AU) 67-47 to remain in the Final Four chase with a 6-9 mark, the same map as the latter. – Joey Villar

The scores:

First game

Mapua 67 – Garcia 13, Nocum 10, Mercado 10, Hernandez 8, Cuenco 8, Pido 5, Agustin 5, Bonifacio 3, Soriano 2, Salenga 2, Lacap 1, Igliane 0

AU 47 – Menina 10, Doromal 10, Abastillas 8, Tolentino 6, Sunga 4, Mallari 3, Oftana 3, Mantua 2, Talampas 1, Oliva 0

Quarter Results: 16-8; 36-21; 52-28; 67-47