College basketball games in NOPSSCEA Season ’39 failed to start as scheduled yesterday with the schools getting a vague text message from tournament officials informing them about the changes.
Defending champion Colegio de Sta. Ana – Victorias expressed dismay about this development and urged the NOPSSCEA to set a definite schedule about the games.
“It is unfair not only to us but also the other teams who have already prepared for the games. Our players are all geared up to play,” CSA-V Titans team manager Ramon Cruz said.
He said they received a text message stating that games scheduled yesterday and onwards will be rescheduled. They were also told to “wait for further notice.”
“No explanation was given and we are left to presume that all these delays are intentionally done to put the pressure on us as defending champion,” Cruz added.
As a school based outside of Bacolod City, he said it is they have to plan ahead on how to prepare the team and their supporters for every game of the Titans.
Originally scheduled to start on Nov. 16, the NOPSSCEA re-scheduled the opening on Nov. 22 with La Consolacion College-Bacolod playing against Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod in the first game followed by the match-up between University of St. La Salle and VMA Global College.
Last year’s runner-up, STI-West Negros University was scheduled to play against Southland College in the third game.
“If the delay is related to the unresolved incident involving the STI-WNU coach and our high school basketball team, then we are willing to wait for the NOPSSCEA decision but at least they should let the college games begin,” Cruz said.
Meanwhile, NOPSSCEA Committee on Sports chairman Dr. Carlitos Orola assured that a new schedule will be released next week after the Nov. 25 NOPSSCEA Board meeting.
He reiterated his support on the Board’s decision to declare Bacolod Tay Tung High School as champion by default after contender CSA-V figured in a brawl against STI-WNU during the semi-finals. Both teams were penalized with a one-game suspension which cost Sta. Ana the opportunity to play in the final.
NOPSSCEA president Mark Ryan Molina, who is also the executive vice president of STI-WNU, has yet to release the result of the school’s Student Services investigation of the incident.
He earlier said that the result of their investigation will be their basis on whether to keep Coach Dennis Tumayan, who coaches both the high school and college teams of STI-WNU, as head coach of the Mustangs.*
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