As long as anyone from Jose Rizal University (JRU) apologizes and justice is finally served, St. Benilde is ready to forgive.
For Friday’s game, however, the Blazers would rather forget.
Hours after filing a physical injury case against JRU famed John Amores at the San Juan District Attorney’s Office, St. Benilde unexpectedly lost 89-83 to Perpetual in the NCAA Season 98 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil EcoOil Arena.
The players of St. Benilde is Taine Davis and Jimboy Pasturan is named as the plaintiff in the case. Davis was trying to reassure his teammates when Amores knocked him down with a rough punch to the chin. Pasturan, meanwhile, was punched in the eye and lay motionless on the floor for a long time as the melee raged.
“Disappointingly, we have asked the entire team to learn to forgive whatever has happened but we will still take the right actions that need to be done,” said St. Benilde said.
Tiu said neither Amores nor any JRU representative has contacted the Blazers beyond the public statement the Kalentong-based school released Thursday.
“I know that their school owner contacted our school president so that’s okay. Perhaps some individuals should give [with apologies] or would be happy to hear from them. But no, we haven’t heard anything from anyone, at least on our team,” Tiu said.
Then on Friday, the Blazers lost their fourth game in 14 games and were in second place after receiving an 89-83 defeat to Perpetual Help.
Altas scored his sixth win in 15 games behind Carlo Ferreras’ clutch basket late in the game and totaled 19 points and 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists from Cedric Abis — a first-time triple of the tournament. fighting since the pro-famous Bong Quinto got one while playing for Letran in 2018. INQ
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