BY: Jerome Lagunzad
University Perpetual Help owner Antonio Tamayo yesterday urged the NCAA Management Committee to overturn the decision of forfeiting the victories made by the school’s seniors and juniors teams due to a pair of jersey blunders last week.
Instead of sporting light jerseys, both Perpetual Help teams showed up with their dark uniforms colored maroon. Bai Cristobal, however, allowed the games to push through by penalizing the Altas with a technical foul and giving their rivals a free throw attempt at the start of their respective matches.
The Altas went on to defeat the Blazers, 69-65, in the seniors division and their junior counterparts did the same against the Greenies 64-60 last Tuesday, only for the ManCom to forfeit the victories on the same night.
Tamayo believes the ManCom “should empower Cristobal and let him decide anything related to basketball matters. I believe they should not forfeit the game under the process undertaken by the commissioner.”
The Perpetual Help school president added: “They were wrong to allow our team to play and penalized us twice by slapping us a technical foul and gave the other team a free throw before the game started and then forfeit it later.”
As of press time, the ManCom, headed by Fr. Glyn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian, was holding an emergency meeting to address the issue with finality.