Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup expels Siquijor team, suspends Lapu-Lapu players

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(CNN Philippines, April 15) — The Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup announced Thursday the expulsion of the Siquijor Mystics following their controversial game against ARQ-Lapu-Lapu City Heroes.

Wednesday's match went viral online after a number of questionable plays, which included botched open lay-ups and players intentionally missing free throws.

Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Chief Operating Officer Rocky Chan said in a press conference via the league's Facebook Live that all players and coaches of the Siquijor squad cannot join any other team in the league in the future.

The league chief said that the sanctions were handed down after a thorough review of the game by its officials and the Games and Amusement Board, which he said reached the decision as early as Wednesday night.

"We have decided as early as 9 p.m. of Wednesday, six hours after the game, to officially expel Siquijor Mystics from the rest of the season of the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup," Chan said.

All of Siquijor's games will be forfeited.

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Fines and suspensions were also slapped against players and coaches of Lapu-Lapu City for their actions in the said match.

Players Jojo Tangkay, Reed Juntilla, Monbert Arong, Dawn Ochea, and Ferdinand Lusdoc were fined ₱15,000 each and suspended for the rest of the first round. Meanwhile, Rendell Senining was fined ₱15,000 and suspended for the rest of the tournament.

Lapu-Lapu head coach Francis Auquico was fined ₱30,000 and suspended for the remainder of the first round, while his staff members Jerry Abuyador, Alex Cainglet, Jon Carlo Nuyles, Hamilton Tundag, and Roger Justin Potot were all fined ₱20,000.

Chan apologized to the entire basketball community and assured that this isolated case does not in any way reflect their league.

“We would also like to apologize to all our fans, our sponsors and to the entire basketball community for this unfortunate incident," he said.

To prevent this incident from happening again, Chan said they will impose a ₱1 million fine plus expulsion from the league.

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