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PSL comm Marc Pingris summons Bicol Oragons over walkout issue

The Bicol Spicy Oragons could be getting heavy sanctions after walking out of their game against the Cagayan De Oro Higalas. PSL
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The Pilipinas Super League front office has taken notice of the now talked-about walk-out of the Bicol Spicy Oragons on Thursday night.

PSL commissioner Marc Pingris, as confirmed by the league on Friday, met with Bicol officials about the premature exit from the team's game against Cagayan De Oro at the Manuel A. Roxas Sports Complex in Roxas, Zamboanga Del Norte.

The Oragons protested an offensive foul call against Joseph Brutas with 4:02 left in the tight contest against the Higalas.

The Bicol bench thought John Saycon, who was guarding Brutas then, flopped and Brutas never even warded him off.

Apparently upset about what they thought was spotty officiating, the entire Spicy Oragons squad decided to call it a night and walked out of the arena.

The Higalas, who were leading then, 67-63, were awarded the win, moving them up to 6-4 in the standings.

The PSL has yet to hand the punishments to be given to Bicol for the walk-out, but the worst-case scenario, as a person knowledgeable of the situation told Dugout Philippines, is that Bicol could be banished from the league and might even call the Games and Amusements Board to revoke their pro licenses.

This could be a huge blow to the team led by former PBA star Ronjay Buenafe and battle-tested veterans Chris Menguez, JR Ongteco, Edwin Asoro, and Jonathan Aldave.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Davao Occidental tripped Pagadian, 73-60, to force a tie with Roxas at the top spot at 9-1.

Roxas takes on Basilan on Friday night for a chance to get back solo first place.

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