By Neto Baptiste
USA’s Central Basketball Association (CBA) player, Torey Fassett, was forced to miss a second game in his team’s crucial semifinal playoff series against Northside Stingerz Thursday night at the JSC basketball complex.
The Flyers Basketball player was suspended for one additional match after having automatically missed Tuesday’s game one, in accordance with the ejection rule.
Fassett, along with teammate Kenya Achom and Braves’ Roger Hood were ejected following a fight which stalled their game three clash last Sunday at the same venue.
President of the basketball association, Kebra Nanton, explained the judgment handed down by the disciplinary committee.
“Their findings were that Mr. Fassett was found guilty of [breaching] one of the rules which I think is 17.3 [and] he is out for two games or suspended for two games and a $500 fine is what was recommended by the committee for Flyers, and a $300 fine for Mr. Roger Hood from Braves,” she said.
Achom, according to the president, will miss no further matches and is therefore free to contest this evening’s game two as Flyers seek to level the series 1-1 and force a game three. She said, however, Fassett could appeal the matter but would have to sit out of the competition until the appeal is heard.
“He [Torey Fassett] was there, present in the meeting last night and if it is that he wants to appeal it, he would still have to be out, anyway, until the matter is completely settled. Achom has sat out his automatic one-game suspension based on the rules of ejection,” the president said.
The basketball boss also sought to explain the $300 fine for Braves whose player, Hood, was initially on the receiving end of a physical attack from Fassett.
“What they saw was that even though Mr. Fassett was wrong for his actions, Mr. Hood was also wrong for retaliating because that is not the right way to deal with something if it is that you get into an altercation. He was not present [in the meeting],” Nanton said.
Reports are that Fassett kicked Hood after the player had fallen to the ground following an offensive play. The action sparked a reaction from Hood which, in turn, sent players from both benches rushing onto the court.