Hot Archers collide with troubled WarriorsBy Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
NATIONAL University tries to firm up its hold of the top spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament that’s also dealing with several off-court controversies.
The Bulldogs shoot for a win that will assure them of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth versus the winless University of the Philippines Maroons at 2 p.m. today at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“It’s hard to get a momentum, so we just want to take advantage of this momentum,” said coach Eric Altamirano as his Bulldogs go for a sixth straight win and ninth overall.
A similarly streaking La Salle squad aims for a share of second against a depleted University of the East in the second game at 4 p.m.
The Warriors will again have to do without African center Charles Mammie, who will serve the second of his two-game suspension.
Lord Casajeros will return from a game ban, but another key guard, Ralf Olivares, will sit out after also getting a two-game suspension.
“We’ll find a way,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar. “As long as we’re still here, we’ll keep knocking on the [Final Four] door.”
The UAAP technical committee will tackle UE’s appeal to reduce Olivares’ penalty.
League secretary-treasurer Malou Isip said the postgame altercation between Ateneo coach Bo Perasol and a La Salle fan will also be discussed during the meeting.
“There’s no need to summon coach Bo, and I think they’ve both apologized,” Isip said during the PSA Forum yesterday at Shakey’s Malate. “What we want to stress right now is there’s a UAAP fan code of conduct.”
In another development, UP swimmer Mikee Bartolome secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) late yesterday to stop the league from implementing the two-year residency rule.
The controversial rule requires high school players transferring to a member school for college to sit out for two years, unless released by his former school.
UP juniors player Jozhua General has also filed a TRO over his eligibility.