Brawl ensues in CEU-PCU game--reports

By Ivan Saldajeno

MAKATI--Less than a week after a simple commotion in an NCAA game turned into a literal street fight, a brawl ensued in a mid-major college league.

CEU and PCU players were involved in a bench-clearing incident late into their NAASCU semifinal clash at the Makati Coliseum on Monday.

According to multiple reports, the brawl started when Scorpion Kenneth De Leon and Dolphin Andro Catipay engaged in a confrontation, and after a cheap shot by Catipay's teammate Yves Sazon on De Leon, chaos ensued.

The melee got into a boiling point when four PCU players including Sazon were at CEU's Rey Telen.

The free-for-all forced the game officials to call it a match with 14.7 seconds remaining, handing the Scorpions, who were leading, 97-75, the win.

The CEU victory completed a sweep of its best-of-three Final Four series against PCU, a former NCAA member school which is on its second year as NAASCU member.

The Scorpions, the defending champions, will await the winner of the other semifinal pairing between the RTU Blue Thunder and the St. Clare Saints in the finals beginning on Thursday.

RTU forced a rubber match after downing St. Clare, 72-64, in Game 2 of their own race-to-two showdown.

Meanwhile, NAASCU secretary-general Pepe Sanchez is expected to mete out the sanctions regarding the brawl on Tuesday.

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