Teammates of Jose Rizal University’s John Amores came into his defense following his two-fisted attack against College of Saint Benilde on Tuesday night in Season 95 National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball game at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.
As Amores’ punching prowess trends on social media and bashers continue to crucify the 6-foot-2 guard, Jason Dy Tan and Bryant Mendoza cautioned the public from assailing the Heavy Bombers player.
The Blazers had the game in the bag when Amores blew his top and charged towards the Saint Benilde bench and started throwing blows.
Security, players and even staffers from both schools attempted to stop the rampaging Laguna native but he could not be contained.
During the tailend of his 12-second outburst, Amores hit Taine Davis with a crackling right to the jaw, sending the burly benchwarmer down holding onto the left side of his face.
Davis, alongside, the other Blazers cagers who got a taste of Amores’ fists of fury, are scheduled to be examined.
But Tan and Mendoza swear those who have criticized Amores are just joining the bandwagon.
“Never judge someone without knowing the whole story. You may think you understand, but you don’t,” Tan posted on social media hours after the game.
Mendoza, Amores’ former high school teammate, also sided with the beleaguered dribbler, telling people to not just blindly brand him a violent player.
Mendoza and Amores were teammates in Season 94 in 2018, the year the Light Bombers won the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.
“You all don’t know him personally plus you weren’t there when he got the Sportsmanship Award,” Mendoza said.
“You’re all just following what is trending.”
Amores, who also won the Most Improved Player in 2018, was a key cog for the Light Bombers’ Final Four run in the juniors division before bowing down to the JD Cagulangan-led La Salle Green Hills Greenies in the semifinals.