PILIPINAS VisMin Super Cup has expelled the entire Siquijor Mystics team after it was concluded that they threw their game against the ARQ Builders-Lapu Lapu City last Wednesday.
In a video statement made by league Chief Operations Officer Rocky Chan with other league officials, he announced that the Mystics and certain players from the Heroes have committed “disgraceful acts to the sport we love the most.”
Banished from the league are Joshua Alcober, Ryan Buenafe, Vincent Tangcay, Jan Penaflor, Gene Bellaza, Michael Calomot, Frederick Rodriguez, Jopet Quiro, Isagani Gooc, Miguel Castellano, Juan Aspiras, Peter Buenafe, and Michael Sereno.
Also kicked out of the league are head coach Joel Palapal and his staff.
With this, all the games played by Siquijor will be erased from the standings. The Mystics lost to KCS-Mandaue on opening day before defeating Dumaguete the next day.
Not escaping the league’s wrath are players and the coaching staff of Lapu-Lapu.
Rendell Senining, the wingman who attempted left- and right-handed free throws in one trip to the line, was suspended for the season plus slapped with a P15,000 fine.
Hercules Tangkay, Reed Juntilla, Monbert Arong, Dawn Ochea, and Ferdinand Lusdoc, along with head coach Francis Auquico, were suspended for the rest of the first round. The players were fined P15,000 each while Auquico was handed a P30,000 bill.
Auquico’s staff did not escape punishment as his assistants Jerry Abuyabor, Alex Cainglet, John Carlo Nuyles, Hamilton Tundag, and Roger Justin Potpot were handed P20,000 tabs each.
“This is a clear statement of the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup. Any deliberate actions by any player and coach is not tolerated in this league,” said Chan.
“If ginagawa nyo po ito sa ibang liga, wag nyong gawin dito sa VisMin Super Cup.”
The league is also set to release a memo to the five remaining Visayas teams and the 10 teams in the Mindanao leg that teams who will commit the same act Siquijor did will also be punished with banishment plus a fine of P1,000,000.
“Itinayo namin ang liga na ito to provide a livelihood to players, coaches, utilities and other people behind. Sana wag nating sirain because of the sacrifice that we’ve made is not that easy,” said Chan.
“Wag natin babuyin ang basketball na pinkamamahal ng Pinoy.”