Perasol given big reprieve

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    UAAP Commissioner Jensen Ilagan yesterday lifted the third and last of the three-game suspension slapped on University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol last Sept. 29 and he returns to the bench tomorrow when the Fighting Maroons take on the UST Glowing Tigers at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Ejected after he charged at referee Jaime Rivano, ready to rumble at the 6:23 mark of the third quarter of UP’s game against defending champion Ateneo, Perasol missed UP’s game against Far Eastern University last Oct. 6 and against University of the East last Oct. 12.

    Perasol met with Ilagan last Saturday and apologized to the league and Rivano.

    “Last Saturday was the first time our office heard directly from coach Bo and we appreciate his sincerity and evident humility in expressing his regret regarding the incident between him and referee Rivano which happened last September 29,” Ilagan said in a statement.

    “Coach Bo emphasized how he deeply regretted his actions towards the official and extended his apology towards the UAAP Board, organization, and the entire community,” he added.

    The UAAP supported Ilagan’s decision, saying: The UAAP, through the Board of Managing Directors and Board of Trustees, maintains that it will support and respect the Office of the Commissioner with regard to any technical concern.”