John Amores being escorted our of the court (NCAA/GMA photo courtesy)
By El Amigo
MANILA — So much for unsportsmanlike conduct on the court.
From the hardcourt, cantankerous Jose Rizal College player John Amores could yet find himself embroiled in a legal court as the College of St. Benilde and the basketball players who were accordingly hurt by the JRU Bomber’s fit of rage are seriously considering taking legal action.
This was confirmed by the CSB mentor who also tried but failed to pacify Amores before the altercation went out of hand which forced game officials to halt the game in the NCAA Season 98 men’s basketball tournament going into the final three minutes on Tuesday.
CSB coach Charles Tiu said the school and the players who got entangled in the on-court brawl are considering filing a case against Amores.
“Yes, we are. Most probably the players will [take legal actions],” said Tiu in a message although he refused to name the players at the moment.
As he went berserk, Amores punched James Pasturan and Taine Davis who were both seen on game video recording trying to pacify the JRU players.
For whatever reason, the game was actually over and done with, clearly decided in favor of CSB which was ahead by 20 points, 71-51, with only 3:22 minutes left in the fourth canto when things went wrong.
At exactly that point, a referee slapped Amores with a foul and this seemingly irked the 6-foot-1 forward by charging at the referees but was stopped by coaches and teammates, as well as JRU sports director Paul Supan.
But the situation turned further south as Amores charged at Mark Sangco, who was near the CSB bench. After he punched Pasturan and Davies, he also tried to hit Miguel Oczon.
The NCAA ManCom on Wednesday already meted Amores an indefinite ban as did Jose Rizal University.
This is not the first time that Amores was involved in a scuffle; he and Kobe Monje of Letran had a shoving incident in a first-round meeting.
In an off-season tournament, he punched Mark Belmonte of the University of the Philippines during a UCBL game. Belmonte required surgery on his mouth. (ai/mtvn)