UNIVERSITY of San Carlos small forward Dominic Adlawan and center Charles Pepito and University of Cebu Webmasters forward Windell Santander are the first players to taste the stiff penalties imposed by the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) to curb brawls.

Last Saturday, Adlawan, Pepito and Santander were sent off from the game, which the Warriors won, 67-64, after they traded blows following a scuffle for the loose ball.

The two-against-one brawl happened near where Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. and his deputies, lawyer Marvin Panares, Danny Duran and Dioscoro Himotas, sat.

“Let me reiterate this, the league is strongly condemning fights during games. That is why we have to impose stiffer penalties because we don’t want that to happen. We want the players to bear in mind the repercussions of their actions. In the case of Adlawan, Pepito and Santander, they will be the first players to suffer these penalties,” Tiukinhoy said.

According to Tiukinhoy, he saw the exchange of punches, which nearly triggered a free-for-all if not for the quick reflexes of the game officials.

For that violation, the three will be slapped with a P5,000 fine each and a one-game suspension.

That means Adlawan and Pepito, who have key roles in the rotation of coach Julian Macoy, will miss the crucial game against the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) in the Warriors final elimination round match this Tuesday.

USC and USJ-R are tied at third place with 3-2 win-loss records and the winner of their game on Tuesday will get the twice to beat incentive over the No. 6 team. The loser will finish at fourth place and will pay the No. 5 finisher in the quarterfinal round.

UC, meanwhile, played without the seldom used Santander and lost, 88-61, to the Cebu Institute of Technology yesterday.

The commissioner was least expecting that incident since there is no history of animosity between USC and UC.