Aug. 5, 2013
– What’s going on with coach Billy Reyes?
Something was amiss last Saturday.
The University of the East Junior Warriors posted a 58-52 win over the Adamson Baby Falcons without Reyes.
It was later learned that Reyes is no longer handling the Junior Warriors in the 76th University Athletic Association of the Philippines Junior Basketball Tournament.
School authorities have assigned his assistant coach Marvin Carreon to reportedly handle the team for the remaining games of the first round and for the rest of the second round.
Reyes was originally suspended by league commissioner Chito Loyzaga for two games.
Loyzaga said he was penalized after he loudly instructed one of his players to get physical and elbow players from an opposing team during a game against the National University Bullpups last July 17 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
After that, the school has extended his suspension to the second round.
“I suspended him for only two games. But, it’s beyond me if the school (UE) suspends him again afterwards,” said Loyzaga when asked for clarification last Saturday(Aug. 3).
Later, Reyes reportedly has a shouting match with a parent from the opposing squad after the game.
The NU Bullpups eventually won their fifth game that day, posting a 76-55 triumph over the Junior Warriors.
– Flashback: NU 76, UE 55
Six foot-three high school junior Mark Dyke and four other teammates unloaded double digit figures in carrying the NU Bullpups to a 76-55 smothering of the undermanned University of the East Junior Warriors.
Dyke produced a double-double output of 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Bullpups, while Manuel Mosqueda and Carlos Lopena had 12 each, and the pair of Aldis Castillo and Hubert Cani chipped in 11.
The Junior Warriors played without main man Reymar Caduyac, who will miss the rest of the first round after he underwent surgery for appendicitis last week, according to coach Billy Reyes.
He relied on Mark del Rosario, Jonas Briones and Camillus Altamirano in Caduyac’s absence.
At the start, the Junior Warriors eagerly stayed within range, 15-18.
But the Bullpups slowly moved out of range, first off Lopena’s two charities and a layup from Castillo which gave NU a 22-15 edge in the last 1:07.
Two free throws from Dyke in the last 5:45 of the second canto allowed the Bullpups to gain a 28-20 lead.
After the Junior Warriors threatened for the last 24-28, the Bulldogs launched 16-0 spurt behind Castillo’s trey, and they went on to end the first half with a 16-point edge, 40-24.
They gained a 20-point spread, 61-41, at the end of the third off Cani’s drive.
Dyke led a 6-0 run in the last 8:46 of the fourth to put NU up by 23, 66-43, in the last 8:46.
They were up by 18, 6-48, in the last 3:40 off Cani’s triple.
NU 76- Dyke 13, Mosqueda 12, Lopena 12, Castillo 11, Cani 11, Lapiz 6, Go 5, Battad 4, Manalang 2.
UE 55-del Rosario 14, Briones 14, Altamirano 12, Garcia 8, Mohammad 5, Correche 2.
Quarterscores: 22-17, 40-24, 61-41, 76-55.(more on the UE Junior Warriors later).