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Rivero brothers out of Green Archers

/ 07:57 PM February 02, 2018

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La Salle continues to lose key cogs from its core in the past two seasons.

High-flying Ricci Rivero and brother Prince are reportedly out of the squad along with third-string guard Brent Paraiso over what the school calls a violation of certain university policies.

La Salle’s Office of Sports Development, meanwhile, issued a statement clarifying that the Riveros and Paraiso are still enrolled in Taft, but were asked to go on leave from the team after enforcing a policy “that prohibits players to enter into sponsorship agreements with commercial entities.”

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The statement did not expound on what endorsement deals violated university rules.

Sources close to the situation confirmed that the Riveros and  Paraiso may have been axed on a more serious violation but gave no further details.

Ricci, 19, experienced a huge surge in his performance this past UAAP Season 80, averaging 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals in his sophomore year, which merited him a spot in the Mythical Team.

His stellar play also earned him an invite to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” cadet list for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.

With the Riveros leading the way, La Salle won a UAAP title and a runnerup finish over the last two seasons.

The brothers’ departure is just the latest in a string of exits from La Salle following head coach Aldin Ayo bolting to University of Santo Tomas and two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala deciding to turn pro in Mexico.

INQUIRER.net tried to get the side of all parties involved, but they have yet to respond to the queries.

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