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Cops surround Ateneo's dugout after win versus UP

Chibueze Ikeh (R) was escorted by policemen outside the Smart Araneta Coliseum after his game on Wednesday. (file photo)
By John Paul Marquez

QUEZON CITY--Two weeks after an Ateneo player got into hot waters for a drunk driving incident, a teammate of him might be heading to a similar situation.

Following the Blue Eagles' Wednesday night victory over the UP Fighting Maroons that formalized their entry to the UAAP semifinals, a group of policemen waited outside their dugout for the coaching staff to exit.

The coaching staff, led by Coach Bo Perasol and Athletic Director Em Fernandez, stayed inside the locker room for about two hours while their fellow staff members talked to the cops.

However, as Perasol's group was about to depart the Smart Araneta Coliseum premises, rookie center Chibueze Ikeh was with the said party. As it turned out, Ikeh was the remaining player in the dugout that time.

Escorted by cops in civilian attire, the 6-11 beanpole immediately boarded a van as he left the lockers, but Fernandez said he had no idea where Ikeh will be brought.

Fernandez told the press, “It’s a private car, but I think [it's from] one of the coaches. I don’t know [his destination] yet. I have to find out.”

He further clarified, “This is just a private matter. [It has] nothing to do with Ateneo basketball. [It has] nothing to do with the UAAP. It’s regarding one of our students. That’s the only thing we could say.”

Fernandez neither confirmed nor denied that the policemen were indeed looking for Ikeh.

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