USC accepts ban

THE University of San Carlos is no longer interested in contesting the decision of Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. in suspending Warriors assistant coach Junthy Valenzuela for the rest of the season.

Valenzuela was meted the penalty following his actions during their quarterfinal game against the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters last Sept. 6 at the Recoletos Coliseum in the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Basak Campus.

The former PBA star, who calls the shots for the Warriors in important games, smashed a plastic chair at mid-court after UC’s Kenneth Niones was slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul that earned him an ejection. Niones committed a hard foul on a driving Victor Rabat in mid-air with 47.5 seconds left to play in the second period.

Despite the call that went their way, Valenzuela picked a mono bloc chair in front of the scorer’s table and slammed it at midcourt, which also earned him an ejection.

“I sent a letter to USC president Fr. (Dionisio) Miranda (SVD) last Saturday to suspend Valenzuela for the rest of the season for his actions in the game last Friday (Sept. 6) between USC and UC. And the school informed me that they will not appeal my decision,” Tiukinhoy told Sun.Star Cebu.

Since USC is not interested in pleading for Valenzuela, the Cesafi board’s intercession is no longer required.

“A ruling from the board is no longer required since USC accepted my decision,” Tiukinhoy added.

According to Tiukinhoy, Valenzuela’s actions have no place in the league.

Sportsmanship

Tiukinhoy said that as an assistant coach and a former professional player Valenzuela should be a role model to the players and students. Instead he placed Cesafi in a bad light.

Valenzuela’s case is different from that of USC-Basic Education Department high school coach Britt Carlo Reroma, who was also recommended to serve a one-year suspension.

In the Reroma case, Tiukinhoy said the board agreed with his decision that a coach who fields an ineligible player should face a one-year suspension for unethical behavior.

However, because of the circumstances the Reroma case, the one-year suspension was waived of in the spirit of sportsmanship.

Reroma asked Cesafi to allow his player, Scott Aying, to play this season. Aying was initially cleared by the Cesafi screening committee but was later found to be ineligible.
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