UAB guard Alejandro Vaszquez ejected for punching opponent (Video)

UAB junior guard Alejandro Vasquez was ejected for punching an opposing player during Friday night's AAC quarterfinal game against Wichita State.

It happened midway through the first half with UAB on offense as Wichita State held a 17-16 lead. As he dished an assist to Yaxel Lendeborg for an easy layup to give UAB the lead, Vasquez got rough with Wichita State forward Isaac Abidde while fighting for position for a potential rebound. Vasquez used an elbow to shove Abidde, then punched Abidde in the chest. Abidde pushed him back as they headed back up the court, causing the officials to blow the whistle.

After officials reviewed the play, they gave Vasquez a flagrant-2, leading to his ejection. Vasquez failed to score a point in 5 minutes of game time. Meanwhile, Abidde was given a personal foul on the play, which was his only stat for the game as he only played two minutes.

In the end, UAB took care of business by beating Wichita State 72-60, advancing to the AAC semifinal where they will take on the conference top seed South Florida. As for Vasquez, hopefully this will be a learning experience and he can manage his emotions better moving forward.


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