UE forward suspended

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    UAAP basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan yesterday slapped an unsportsmanlike foul on University of the East power forward Nick Abanto, whose intent to hurt Ateneo’s William Navarro in their match last Oct. 20 was not penalized by the referees.

    Abanto was also slapped an unsportsmanlike foul at the 2:03 mark of the fourth quarter. With two unsportsmanlike fouls in one game, Abanto will be suspended in UE’s game against Far Eastern U this Sunday, Oct. 27.

    At the 6:33 mark of the first quarter, Abanto swung his left arm towards the head of Navarro during a rebound play but no foul was called.

    “Upon multiple reviews of the incident, we saw that there was intent by Mr. Abanto to hit Mr. Navarro that caused him to fall and eventually be carried off the playing court,” said Ilagan.

    “The action was unprovoked and his intention to hurt was apparent. Therefore, an unsportsmanlike foul shall be assessed against him.”

    According to article 4.3 of the UAAP Basketball Rules, “The Commissioner has the power to impose additional penalties. This power may be exercised to non-calls but involve abhorrent acts in nature including, but not limited to, flagrant unsportsmanlike fouls, and conduct that involves dangerous and dirty tactics and supported by the official video.”