Police investigators have started meeting with members of the UAAP board, coaches and players to gain inputs and information on the alleged game-fixing in the league and its possible link to the recent shooting of FEU cager Mac Baracael.
The authorities will also invite UAAP referee Bryan Tabañag for questioning after he was banned following his performance in the controversial La Salle-FEU contest.
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has also considered subjecting referees officiating in the ongoing UAAP basketball tournament and some players to lifestyle check.
“That’s one possibility because our goal is to scare these unscrupulous individuals or groups of individuals into making mockery of the UAAP games,” said Superintendent Mitchel Filart, chief of CIDG,
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College basketball is getting controversial with accusations of game-fixing. This is not new of course but the officials concerned should clean this mess up quick. Once the people get jaded with the league, they will stop watching. Yes, collegiate teams have a fan base but without the support of the rest of the population it would not grow. I prefer watching college basketball games than the Philippine Basketball Association for the games are really heated and there is so much excitement.
Besides, I get the impression that the PBA isn't really interested in representing the country in international competitions. It prefers to live in its little basketball world. Even the NBA despite accusations of marketing still wants to represent the United States. I mean representing the country is one way the PBA will show to the Filipino people it cares. It is a great community service BUT NO...service is too much for them.
Eala said the national team program will only work if the SBP’s affiliates, particularly the PBA, give their all-out support.
“We’re grateful to the PBA for supporting our national team up to 2010,” said Eala. “In fact, it’s possible we could also ask for the PBA’s help in reinforcing our national team for the 2010 Asian Games if our national pool isn’t ready. Our ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2012 Olympics and it will take a concerted effort to make it happen.”
See? There's a deadline as to when the legue will support the national team. How about forever? No wonder PBA is losing the love of the Filipino people. Even today there is only one popular team in that league - GINEBRA (finals next week). They have this excuse that the PBA is a commercial league. No kidding. So is the NBA and the Euroleague. You think the teams in those leagues are doing it for free? I wonder why those basketball associations render support to their country and the PBA can't. Some say international competitions expose the limitations of PBA players and put their fans in some culture shock that their idols turn into mere mortals or nobodies when playing against top Asian teams like China, Kazakhstan, Lebanon or Iran. Okay...then wallow in your little basketball world.
The Asian champions, who have been warming up for the Beijing Games, suffered through numerous defeats this summer and also dropped their first game against Argentina on Tuesday at the FIBA Diamond Ball.
Twenty-four hours later and they shocked one of the proudest hoops nations in the world.
“This is the biggest win in Iranian basketball history,” Iran’s Serbian coach Rajko Toroman said.