College basketball season in NOPSSCEA will start on Nov. 22 as the public awaits the league’s decision on STI-WNU coach Dennis “Jack” Tumayan for the physical confrontation with two high school players of Colegio de Sta. Ana - Victorias during the semi-finals game between the two schools at the STI-WNU Gym.
CSA-V team manager Paul Oliver Cruz said it has been two weeks since the Nov. 2 incident happened and the league has yet to make its decision on whether to sanction coach Tumayan or not.
Cruz also pointed out that Tumayan is also the head coach of the STI-WNU college basketball team and it will be awkward to see him on the bench coaching the Mustangs as if nothing happened.
“We inquired with the NOPSSCEA through our lawyer about its investigation and we were told that STI-WNU has yet to submit a report about it. We were also told to submit our own report about the incident,” Cruz said, adding that everyone saw what happened as it was caught on camera and went viral on social media.
He also said that while it did not take long for the league to decide to suspend CSA-V and STI-WNU for the brawl, NOPSSCEA is taking its time to act on coach Tumayan’s case.
“The suspension cost us the championship game. Despite our appeal to defer the final game, the league made its decision less in less than 24 hours,” Cruz said.
Meanwhile, NOPSSCEA president Mark Ryan Molina, who is also the executive vice president of STI-WNU, earlier said that the Student Services of the school was task to conduct its investigation.
The status of coach Tumayan as the head coach of the college team, Molina said, will depend on the report of the Student Services. It will also serve as the school’s report to NOPSSCEA about the Nov. 2 incident.
NOPSSCEA Committee on Sports chairman Dr. Carlitos Orola previously said that the decision to declare Bacolod Tay Tung High School as the champion by default after CSA-V’s suspension, was recommended by basketball tournament director Anthony Agustin.
He said Agustin cited the FIBA rule which states that bench clearing brawls among players and coaches are meted with suspension.
“Both teams, the CSAV and STI-WNU, were found liable of violating Article 39 of the 2018 Official Basketball Rules by FIBA,” Orola said.*
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