No more protest: Arellano honors sportsmanship
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 29, 2015 12:37 PM
SPORTS. There will be no protest filed in the spirit of sportsmanship.
The controversial finish in the classic double-overtime thriller between Jose Rizal University and Arellano University will remain as it is.
In a statement released on Saturday, Arellano official Peter Cayco said, “I was ordered not to put the game under protest in the spirit of sportsmanship and the interest of the NCAA.”
Last Thursday, JRU went up 113-109 with only 12.9 ticks in the second extra period when the referee raised three fingers to call a trey on Teytey Teodoro’s shot. Jiovani Jalalon answered with his own triple in the last six seconds to close the gap, 113-112, before fouling Gio Lasquety to stop the clock.
After a long review, officials overturned Teodoro’s three into a deuce as video review showed he stepped on the line. As such, the game was knotted at 112 with only 1.4 seconds remaining.
Still, Lasquety was sent to the line and put an end to the game with his free throws, leaving the Chiefs dejected with the controversial call that forced them to foul instead of playing clean defense to push for another extension.
Arellano recognized that their opponents were definitely not at fault. “Jose Rizal had nothing to do with the errors of game officials,” Cayco said.
With the decision, the Chiefs and Bombers are officially tied in the standings at 6-4.