We condemn in the strongest terms the travesty that took place in Alcantara, Cebu during the fourth game day of the 2021 PILIPINAS VISMIN SUPER LEAGUE in a contest between the Siquijor Mystics and ARQ Builders-Lapu Lapu City. The play of both teams according to the merits of the game was obviously sorely lacking as seen by the viewing public via live-streaming.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), as the National Sports Association, is mandated to oversee that the integrity of the game of basketball is upheld and maintained at all times 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.
The SBP took the initial step of looking into the incident by meeting virtually with the Tournament Technical Group, who are SBP ID carrying personnel. In the game, the referees and the Technical Head Group conferred with the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) representative on the ground, which led to the decision to put an end to the game at halftime so as not to prolong the ugly display of the shenanigans taking place on the court.
Since it is a professional league, GAB, under the leadership of Chairman Baham Mitra, is conducting a thorough investigation of the case. The SBP expresses its support to GAB in its moves to get to the truth and accordingly penalize those who committed this great injustice to all basketball stakeholders, including corporate sponsors who go out of their way to invest financial resources to support and propagate the sport at the grassroots level.
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 dishonestly playing the game in this deplorable fashion can be penalized, if not banned outright from engaging in the sport of basketball.