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Lapu-Lapu-Siquijor game under GAB probe

A halftime meeting discussed why the Lapu-Lapu-Siquijor had to be called off. Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas/Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--It may just be more than a mere power interruption.

Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra confirmed to Dugout Philippines on Wednesday night that the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup game between Lapu-Lapu and Siquijor is now being investigated after some strange sequences in the second quarter of their game earlier in the day at the Alcantara Civic Center.

He then relayed to various media outfits that GAB will look into the said match on Thursday.

"We are awaiting the report of our sports regulators inside the bubble to be presented and decided upon by the board in our meeting tomorrow," Mitra said.

The showdown between the Heroes and the Mystics was halted by halftime with the former up, 27-13.

The league said that a power interruption prompted them to stop the contest.

However, highlight reels of the said strange moments made rounds on social media moments after the game was halted.

These included a botched wide open layup from a Siquijor player off a steal and a Lapu-Lapu player shooting what would be three missed free throws, the first two not even hitting the rim.

The stats somehow tell a similar story.

Siquijor only made 5-of-21 field goals including a intriguingly dismal 2-for-13 clip from the two-point area and missed all its 10 free throw attempts.

On the other hand, while Lapu-Lapu was performing better from the field at 11-of-21, they only shot 4-of-19 charities.

The Heroes was on track of pummeling the Mystics after a 23-5 first quarter, but they only got to score four points in the second period.

Siquijor's second quarter was not that better as they only made eight.

Meanwhile, Mitra warned all the professional athletes that their licenses might be revoked if they would be found guilty for possible game fixing acts.

"We would like to remind our players that a license to practice profession is not a right, but a concession and a privilege granted by the government. Now, if they fail to abide by the rules, the government has the right to step in to impose necessary sanctions or revoke such a privilege. Officials, coaches, and players should act as professionals or lose their licenses. Shape up or ship out!" he further said.

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