Saturday, 22 May 2010 4,021 Views / 107 Comments
TEMPERS flared and a Colegio de San Juan de Letran walkout gave San Beda College its third win in four games at the 2010 FilOil Flying V Tanduay First Five Invitational Cup at the Arena in San Juan City last May 22.
Letran came out firing, racing to a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Sudan Daniel ignited a rally by blocking a Raymond Almazan attempt. Jaypee Mendoza eventually tied the game at 24. At the 2:10 mark of the quarter, Franz Dysam was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Borgie Hermida as he appeared to have put his foot under Hermida as he knocked down a three point basket to give San Beda the lead, 32-31. Hermida went on to knock in 2 technical free-throws to put San Beda up by three, 34-31.
Frustration began to set in on the minds of the Knights, and their game showed it, as it began to slip away as the Red Lions took a ten-point, 47-37 lead after back-to-back three pointers by Garvo Lanete. Letran responded with a 7-0 run, but an Anthony Semerad triple put the San Beda lead back to six, 50-44. The Knights turned the ball over on the next possession and the Red Lions were up and running.
Anthony Semerad went up for a fastbreak lay-up and was fouled by Kevin Alas who tried to draw a charge. It was the fifth and final foul of Kevin Alas and it occurred on the 6:22 mark of the third quarter.
As Alas walked to the bench, he held on to the basketball. Once he got close to his father, Letran head coach, Louie Alas, the long-time Letran coach, got the ball from his son, and threw it high in the air.
The referees slapped a warning on Alas, which apparently prompted San Beda coach Frankie Lim and assistant coach Ed Cordero to stand up and complain to the referee. In a jiffy, Alas, flanked by his players from the bench, fast approached Cordero. Cooler heads tried to pacify both squads, and in particular Alas and Cordero.
The referees ejected both Alas and Cordero from the playing court. Cordero quickly stood up and walked towards the locker room while Alas gathered his team in a huddle. After a few seconds, the entire Letran team walked out of the playing court.
After the game, the two tacticians had differing versions of the incident.
“When I complained to the referees about the warning, cause I wanted them to give me a technical foul, I saw Ed uttering the word, ‘EXPLETIVE’ to me,” Alas narrated in Filipino. “Sa akin siya nakatingin eh. Ang tanong, bakit siya nag-gaganoong salita sa akin. Hindi ko naman matatanggap yun. Lalaki rin naman tayo. Sanay kasi sila na nambubully ng ibang coaching staff. Iba kami. So umalis kami dahil sa tawag nung referee [his ejection]. Hopefully, though, tapos na ito. I take full responsibility for the incident.”
“He is a liar. What happened was he threw the ball high up in the air. So, I complained to the referee and when he saw me complaining, he pointed at me. Ngumarat siya sa akin. Hindi ko naman puwedeng palampasin yun. I am sorry. I should have kept my cool. But, that is what happened,” explained Cordero.
The referees finished all of Letran’s timeots but the Knights did not come out. Thus, San Beda won the game, officially, 20-0.
The scores (at the 6:22 mark of the third quarter):
San Beda 53 – Lanete 12, Mendoza 9, Marcelo 7, Hermida 6, dela Rosa 4, Daniel 4, J. Pascual 4, A. Semerad 3, K. Pascual 2, D. Semerad 2, Caram 0.
Letran 44 – Cortes 12, Dysam 8, K. Alas 6, Espiritu 4, Belorio 4, Belencion 3, Taplah 1, Almazan 1, J. Alas 0, Rodil 0.
Quarter scores: 12-19, 38-33, 53-44.