Far Eastern University defeated Lyceum, 72-50, in a fight-marred game that saw a spectator – later learned to be a Lyceum player – entering the court and punching an FEU player in the face in Monday’s eventful FilOil-Flying V Preseason Hanes Cup action at the San Juan Arena.
The incident began when FEU’s Terrence Romeo and Clarence Foronda were given disqualifying fouls for their physical play on Lyceum’s Faustine Pascual with four minutes to go in the game and the Tamaraws up big.
After the fouls were called, a spectator came in from the stands and threw a punch at Tamaraw forward Gryann Mendoza. The spectator then proceeded to the Lyceum dugout immediately after the punch and was later identified as former Letran Knight Andrei Mendoza.
The latter Mendoza is reportedly eyeing a spot with the Pirates varsity team.
League commissioner Ato Badolato said that Romeo and Foronda will be sanctioned with one-game suspensions while a recommendation for Mendoza to be banned from entering the San Juan Arena will be made.
Badolato also said that he would report the incident to the NCAA, the mother league of Lyceum.
The incident overshadowed FEU’s first win in the tournament. RR Garcia and Arvie Bringas led the Tams with 11 points apiece.
“Magulo pa ang sistema namin. Wala pang chemistry pero at least, nagpipick-up,” said FEU coach Bert Flores.
In the first game, University of Santo Tomas defeated University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 70-66, to claim its first victory in two tries.
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