San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ struggles in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament have just gotten worse.
The Golden Stags have been forced to forfeit two of their wins as the league has decided with finality in favor of disciplinary action for RK Ilagan on Thursday.
“For playing in an unauthorized basketball game, (RK Ilagan) was meted with (a) three-game suspension. In addition, the team was also penalized by ordering the forfeiture of all games where the erring playing played,” NCAA management committee chairman Frank Gusti said in statement.
Ilagan, one of Baste’s top guns, was put under investigation by the league’s management committee for playing in a commercial league in Quezon City in late June.
As per NCAA rules, a player is not allowed to see action in any other league during the season without the permission of his school.
The third-year guard averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in San Sebastian’s first five games – two ending up in wins.
With the league’s decision, however, those two wins will have to be overturned.
As such, the Golden Stags’ record is now 1-8.
Head coach Egay Macaraya said that they are only hoping for this to be fuel for their fire. “Ang focus lang namin ngayon is to win more games. Hopefully, ma-motivate nito ang mga bata na at least matuto na manalo,” he said.
Conversely, the two teams Baste beat in those two games will gain a win. That gives College of St. Benilde a win to put it over .500 at 4-3 and Jose Rizal University its first win in seven games.
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