The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will not stand for any incident that will stain the integrity of the sport and has moved to hand lifelong bans from playing basketball in the country on those found guilty of playing dishonestly.
SBP president Al Panlilio released a statement on Sunday, strongly criticizing the farcical game that happened between the Siquijor Mystics and the ARQ Builders Lapu-Lapu City Heroes in the country’s newest professional basketball league—the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the travesty that took place in Alcantara, Cebu,” said Panlilio.
The game, which was played on April 14, was so unusual that the head of the league’s technical group, upon the recommendation of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) representative, called off the game at halftime so as not to “prolong the ugly display of shenanigans taking place on the court.”
Moving forward, the SBP said it would painstakingly look into how they can make sure that incidents of this nature never happen again. Panlilio said they are considering an outright ban from the sport on those found dishonestly playing the game.
“Moving forward, the SBP will study how such unwanted incidents that unduly stains the integrity of the game of basketball can be prevented from happening again in the future, and how those guilty of dishonesty playing the game in this deplorable fashion can be penalized if not banned outright from engaging in the sport of basketball,” said Panlilio.
As the country’s overseer of the sport, Panlilio emphasized that the SBP is “mandated to oversee that the integrity of the game of basketball is upheld and maintained at all time for it to be a source of inspiration to the youth of the country towards developing role models, who can contribute to the overall effort in nation building.” (JNP)