THE NCAA is expected to hand out in the coming days possible sanctions on those who were involved in last Friday’s dust-up between bitter rivals San Beda and Letran.
The Red Lions pinned defending champion Knights a fifth straight loss with a 83-71 victory in a heated game which nearly went into a brawl.
Basketball commissioner Andy Jao yesterday said that he is waiting for the game tape before he will review and mete out penalties to erring players, which the league’s Management Committee will announce.
With the game beyond recall for San Beda in the final seven seconds, it took an ugly turn after Letran foward Jerrick Balanza was assesed with an unsportsmanlike foul for his second motion on Joemari Presbitero, who was elbowed by Bong Quinto prior to that in the last seven seconds.
Rey Nambatac, McJour Luib and Jom Sollano were also seen making extra-curricular activity against the Lions players after that, while some players from both sides left the bench at the height of the fracas.
In incidents like that, league rules mete an automatic one-game suspension for the players who leave the bench.
A separate incident between Luib and San Beda reserve forward Junjun Bonsubre also took place during the commotion.
A decision is expected to be made before the Knights play winless College of Saint Benilde on Tuesday and the Lions take on Mapua on Thursday.
Meantime, San Beda routed last year’s second placer Lyceum of the Philippines University, 3.5-.5, to continue to stay on top after five rounds of the 92nd NCAA seniors chess tournament at the Jose Rizal Gym in Mandaluyong City.
Mari Joseph Turqueza, McDominique Lagula and Bryan Barcelon provided the wins on boards one, three and four while Alcon John Datu drew with Jonathan Jota on second board to hammer out the win that keep the Lions at the helm with 18 points.
At distant second with 14.5 points was defending champion Arellano University, which smashed Letran, 3.5-.5, on wins by Carlo Caranyagan, Don Tyrone delos Santos and Joshua Arias on the last three boards and a split by Kyz Llantada with Melwyn Kenneth Baltazar on top board.
LPU fell from No. 2 to joint third with St. Benilde, which blanked Emilio Aguinaldo on triumphs by Nelson Busa, Jr., Daryl Unix Samantila, Prince Kenneth Reyes and Charles Daniel Abuzo.
Letran, for its part, edged Arellano U, 2.5-1.5, to remain at the helm in the juniors’ division with 15.5 points, 2.5 points ahead of San Beda, which fell to LPU, 1.5-2.5.
The stunning win over the Cubs catapulted the Junior Pirates to third with 12 points.