NCAA warns teams doing ‘Hack-a-Shaq’
(The Philippine Star) - June 2, 2016 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – The NCAA will revert to its old rule slapping a harsher penalty on teams which intentionally commit a foul away from the ball in the last two minutes when the 92nd season is fired off June 25 at the MOA Arena in Pasay.

League commissioner Andy Jao said players who would opt for such moves will be assessed an unsportsmanlike foul resulting in a free throw plus ball possession. Last season, such fouls were considered ordinary fouls, giving the teams the option to foul poor free throw shooters, also known as the “Hack-A-Shaq” ploy in the NBA.

“It has become a joke and we don’t want it to happen again this year,” said Management Committee chair Jose Mari Lacson of host San Beda.

Jao also said he has tapped officials from three referees’ association to officiate this year’s games.

“I will tap 10-11 referees from Nabrascu, eight to nine from Nabro and three or four veteran officials to handle the games this year,” said Jao. 

Although the game officials will come from three groups, Jao said all are accredited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

He added he would meet the players and coaches to clear everything and ask them to cooperate.

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