NCAA suspends four players after San Beda-Letran melee

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The NCAA handed sanctions to three Letran players and one San Beda player after being the key people involved in a late commotion in their game on Friday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

In an announcement made by the league on Monday, Knights Jerrick Balanza, Chris Dela Peña, and Marco Sario and Red Lion Jun Bonsubre got one-game suspensions each for their part in the said near-brawl.

Balanza, whose flagrant foul on Jomari Presbitero triggered the said free-for-all, was meted with the ban as the said foul was upgraded to a disqualifying foul, which in NCAA rules is automatically subjected to a suspension.

Dela Peña, Sario, and Bonsubre, on the other hand, got their own demerits for their parts in the said melee that even spilled to the final buzzer of the game won by San Beda.

Balanza, Dela Peña, and Sario will miss Letran's clash with CSB on Tuesday at the said venue, while Bonsubre will serve his own ban in San Beda's match-up with Mapua on Thursday.

The Knights and the Blazers, two teams currently on a downhill slide, collide in the main game of Tuesday's triple-header at 4 p.m. as they try to get out of their slumps.

San Sebastian and Lyceum, two teams who are in the thick of things for a Final Four push, lock horns in the opener at 12 p.m., while red-hot JRU takes on skidding EAC at 2 p.m.

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