Seychelles basketball Federation-Morel and Domingue to play final despite disqualification


Domingue (right) and Morel (centre) will face off in tomorrow’s final

Rockers’ centre Keven Morel was disqualified in his team’s quarterfinal match against Angels and still helped his side dispatch Baya in the semifinal, while veteran Jim Domingue was disqualified in Hawks’ semifinal win against Mont Fleuri Dawgz.

According to the point 6.7 under Rules of Conduct of the SBF bye-laws, a team member who disrespectfully addresses match officials shall be automatically disqualified followed by a minimum two-match suspension.

It is also written in the bye-law that it is the responsibility of the game commissioner, referee and table officials to report the incident or offence to the National Basketball Technical Committee (NBTC) in writing.

While in Domingue’s case the match commissioner did not write a report to be sent to the NBTC, one was written about Morel’s incident. But it was sent late to the NBTC. And still one of the referees of the MBU Rockers/Baya semifinal clash informed the rest of the officiating team that Morel had been disqualified in the previous match.

Baya coach Michel Malbrook is unhappy about the situation and feels that MBU Rockers should lose the game and his team should play PLS Hawks in the final instead.

Speaking to Sports Nation, NBTC chairman Tony Juliette said: “There’s nothing the NBTC can do about the two situations. Firstly, in Domingue’s case there was no report for the NBTC to act on and his disqualification foul was not registered on the score-sheet.

“Secondly, in Morel’s case the game commissioner did write a report but sent it late to the NBTC which could not have the time to debate on the severity of the incident.

“Both players will play in Saturday’s final but have been cautioned not to repeat the offence otherwise will be banned.”

Booted out of the competition at the semifinal stage last year by Mont Fleuri Dawgz who went on to win the competition, PLS Hawks exacted revenge on coach Nigel Ah-Kong’s team on Saturday, winning the semifinal encounter 125-56.

As for the Rockers, who were without a coach on their bench, they surprised Baya 61-53 to set up a final showdown with league champs Hawks.

The women’s final is between Anse Etoile Stars and Mont Fleuri. Winners on a 53-47 score against HotShots in last year’s final, the Stars powered into the final with an easy 102-29 semifinal victory against inexperienced Juniors, while Mont Fleuri dispatched HotShots 64-56 in the other last-four encounter.

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