MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines (UP) head coach Bo Perasol commended his coaching staff and players for persevering amid a tough stretch that saw him get suspended for two games by the UAAP.
Perasol was originally handed a three-game suspension by the league following his ejection from their game against Ateneo de Manila University last September 29. The coach was given two technical fouls, but his "continuous flagrant acts of aggression" towards referee Jaime Rivano compelled the league to ban him for three games.
His sanction was shortened to two games by commissioner Jensen Ilagan, meaning Perasol will be back on the sidelines on Wednesday when UP plays University of Santo Tomas (UST).
"Apologizing was the easier part," said Perasol, who said sorry both to the league and to Rivano during a conversation with Ilagan last Saturday.
"I'm not one who will insist justifying any wrong I've done," he added. "It doesn't change a lot as far as our preparations are concerned as I was with the team all the time except in the game venue."
UP split its games without Perasol, as they bowed to Far Eastern University (FEU), 82-79, in overtime, before rebounding with a 78-75 win over University of the East.
They will try to avenge a first round loss to UST on Wednesday, as the Growling Tigers pulled off an 85-69 win in their first meeting this season.
"Coach Ricky Dandan and my staff had done a tremendous job in my absence on the court," said Perasol.
"I have to commend my players, too, as they have responded very positively all through this ordeal," he added.
UP currently has a 6-3 win-loss record, good for second place in the league standings behind defending champion Ateneo. They are 1.5 games ahead of FEU and UST, who both have 5-5 slates.
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