Player slugged during match
Dexter exter, an American expatriate player with Suntex, was taken to a police station for questioning last night after he had punched Seasonal's key player, Ng Chu-yip, during a Senior Shield semi-final game at MacPherson Stadium.
Ng, bleeding profusely from an injury near his left eye, was taken to hospital and the police arrived after being called by Seasonal's team manager, Ng See-yuen.
Ng was leading a fast counter-attack and Dexter tried to pull his jersey to stop him.
In a natural reaction, Ng shrugged off Dexter but then the American punched him in the side of the head and Ng collapsed to the floor. After being treated on court, the stricken player was taken out of the stadium on a stretcher and to hospital by ambulance.
The referee stopped the game and the audience vented their anger on Dexter. The game official, after 10 minutes of discussion, decided to foul out Dexter but still let Suntex have three expats in the game.
Cheung Tai-wing, coach of Suntex, said fights were not unusual in basketball but added: ''I think Dexter has learned a lesson - but I still believe Ng started the trouble.
''We have a video tape of the game and it is clear that Ng made Dexter angry first. If Seasonal charge Dexter, we will give the tape to the police as evidence.'' Ng See-yuen, on the other hand, warned the Hong Kong Basketball Association not to let Dexter off lightly.
''The expats are much stronger than the Chinese and their rough behaviour endangers other players' lives.
''In my opinion, Ng should make the police charge Dexter but it is all up to the player.'' It was a tight game before Seasonal pulled off a 99-95 victory to progress to the final. Suntex drop into the losers' pool to continue their Shield campaign.
Defending champions Seasonal were in front 51-44 in the 18th minute of the first half when the incident happened.
Seasonal did not have a good start last night but recovered to lead 62-46 at half-time.