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Founding schools to boycott basketball games;
head coach faces sanction for on-court brawl


Unresolved issues continue to plague the NOPSSCEA Season 39 after three schools threatened to boycott the men’s basketball games if foreign players are allowed to play in the league.

A NOPSSCEA insider said that founding schools University of St. La Salle, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod and member school La Consolacion College – Bacolod threatened to back out from the competition if the league allows Colegio de Sta. Ana – Victorias to field Cameroonian JR Esskadoualla.

The three schools were apparently not informed about a prior letter from NOPSSCEA to Sta. Ana giving clearance to Essakadoualla to play this season.

Scheduled to start on November 16, schedule of the games were cancelled after the Board failed to resolve the issue in addition to the complaint lodged by Sta. Ana against STI-West Negros University basketball head coach Dennis Tumayan for manhandling two of their junior players during a brawl on court.

“The Board has reached a decision to ban Coach Tumayan from entering the court up to the end of the season. As such, he will not be able to coach the STI-WNU men’s basketball team or any other team until the season ends,” the insider said.

It was also learned that the Sta. Ana Titans refused to back down from the boycott threat of USLS, CSA-B and LCC if Esskadoualla will be allowed to play.

“The teams should respect the decision of NOPSSCEA. The remedy of a team assailing a decision of NOPSSCEA is to timely file a formal appeal instead of threatening to back out (meaning to boycott which is unsportsmanlike and a contemptible act),” CSA-V stated in a communication sent to the NOPSSCEA board.

“NOPSSCEA should remember that Mr. Essaka is a bona fide student. As such, he has rights which must be protected, not trampled upon. This is the bigger picture of the present situation.

“NOPSSCEA has still time to salvage itself in the quagmire, by being firm and decision in finally scheduling the basketball games very soon, this early 2019; declare in default (and even fine and/or suspend if provided by the rules) the team that will not show up in the games, and reward the good team with a victory.

“NOPSSCEA shall let the axe fall where it should be in order to gain respect and survive as an organization,” the correspondence from CSA-V stated.*


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