MANILA, Philippines – The Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights will play without head coach Caloy Garcia against the College of St. Benilde Monday afternoon, but got a reprieve after it was revealed that star guard Mark Cruz will no longer be suspended.
Cruz was originally supposed to serve a one-game suspension in their game against Benilde after he committed unsportsmanlike actions in Letran's game against Jose Rizal University last week.
The Management Committee, however, decided to downgrade the suspension to a stern warning.
The Knights will still be without Garcia, who will serve a one-game suspension after being called for two technical fouls against the Heavy Bombers, which they lost, 60-69.
That incident also saw referee Ian Borbe being slapped with a three-game suspension, while a still-unidentified fan has been given a season-long ban for throwing debris on the referee.
Other Letran players, including team captain Kevin Racal, Rey Nambatac, Jamil Gabawan and Reynaldo Publico, have been given stern warnings by NCAA Commissioner Arturo "Bai" Cristobal.
The Knights have fallen to 1-3 while the Blazers are worse, with a 0-3 card.