UP coach will be asked to explain 'point-shaving' claims

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Aug 03 2014 04:55 PM | Updated as of Aug 04 2014 03:05 AM

UP head coach Rey Madrid. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- UAAP Commissioner Andy Jao will give University of the Philippines (UP) coach Rey Madrid a chance to explain his allegations of point-shaving that he made following the Fighting Maroons' 73-57 loss to the University of Santo Tomas.

Madrid was quoted by sports website Spin.ph as saying that "numbers" were involved in UP's loss, which saw the Maroons squander an 11-point lead in the second quarter. [http://www.spin.ph/basketball/uaap/news/rey-madrid-accusations-point-shaving-up-marr]

"Eh may numero eh. Tapos na 'yung game. Hinahabol pa nila. Ilan ba ang plus? I would know kung ano 'yung plus na inaalagaan nila. Dinikit pa nila. Sinigurado nila. 'Yun 'yung unang pumasok sa akin," said Madrid, who also questioned the fouls called late in the game on one of his players, Mark Juruena.

Jao revealed on Sunday that Madrid talked to him after making his allegations to the media, which in itself is already a break in protocol.

"After the first half of the second game, I went into my office to do some things, nandoon na pala siya. I accommodated him only because I thought he wanted to talk to me," said Jao.

"If he was going to complain, I would have said that you should have followed the right procedure" which involved writing a letter, the commissioner said.

Nevertheless, Jao said he will give Madrid a chance to explain himself.

"The situation is there, so we must do something about it. I will give him the opportunity. Maybe I'll write a letter to him, and expect him to reply to me within 24 hours," he said.

It is possible that Madrid will be suspended, Jao said, pointing to the Don Allado case in the PBA when the player was fined and suspended for alleging on social media that the league was fixed.

"(But) I don't want to be that cruel to him either. Maybe it's also out of emotion," said Jao of Madrid's outburst.

Jao also said the situation was hurtful for him and the UAAP Board of Trustees, and that he actually has the power to sanction Madrid now, but wants to hear the coach's side first.

During their discussion on Saturday, Jao said he did not really understand what Madrid was complaining about.

"He was never very clear about what he wanted," said Jao of Madrid. "He just kept on talking about numbers... I didn't even understand him in the beginning. It was very sad."

The commissioner also stressed that "if I thought there was something grossly wrong in the game, I would be the first one to be mad."

"But I don't think there was anything wrong," he added. "The statistics... will prove why they lost by a big margin."

Jao also gave credit to the UST Growling Tigers from rallying from an 11-point deficit in the second period to eventually take control of the contest.

"I thought the played a good second half game. They played well defensively and they played well offensively. They went to the mismatches that they had, which was with (Karim) Abdul and (Louie) Vigil," said Jao. "They took advantage of that, and their defense really improved."