MANILA -- (2nd UPDATE) A near free for all disrupted the NCAA men's basketball game between De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) and Jose Rizal University (JRU) on Tuesday.
The Blazers were leading 71-51 in the final 3:22 minutes when the officials called for a temporary halt in the game following an infraction involving John Amores of the Heavy Bombers.
Amores, who was pulled to the bench, was apparently protesting when he was accidentally brought down by Blazers player Miguel Oczon. He got angry when no foul was called.
He later charged to the Blazers' bench, attacking several players of CSB and knocking down Mark Sangco and Jimboy Pasturan and hurting Oczon.
Cooler heads later prevailed as the court was cleared.
Game officials later decided to call a halt to the game to ease tensions.
“The NCAA Management Committee decided to stop the JRU Heavy Bonbers vs Benilde Blazers game to avoid further escalation of untoward incidents and for the safety of the players, coaches and the audience,” said Fr. Vic Calvo of the host school Letran in a statement.
The final score was 71-51 in favor of CSB.
A probe is underway regarding the incident.
Prior the fracas, Amores also got involved in another on-court clash.
He got involved in a fracas with Mark Belmonte of the University of the Philippines in a pre-season tournament.
Ironically, Amores was a former NCAA Sportsmanship awardee.