CSB coach Tang on jersey mix-up: ‘They just have to follow rules’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 11, 2017 04:01 PM
CSB coach Tang on jersey mix-up: ‘They have to follow rules'
STRICT. CSB head coach TY Tang was adamant that as per league rules, Perpetual should have forfeited the game.

College of St. Benilde dropped a close contest to University of Perpetual Help at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Tuesday.

After the Blazers put the game under protest, however, the decision will be up for review.

(Photo courtesy of NCAA media)

As per team captain Gerard Castor’s signature on the official box score, the Taft-based team is putting the game “under protest” due to “wrong uniform.”

The statement was referring to the Altas who were clad in maroon when they were scheduled to be donning light uniforms.

That jersey mix-up caused a 43-minute delay to the supposed start time of 12:00 PM.

After an emergency meeting of the management committee, the game finally began, but not before CSB was awarded a technical free throw which Matthew Johnson hit.

And so, the game began, 1-0, in their favor.

For head coach TY Tang, however, there should not have been any delay – and any game, for that matter – whatsoever. “For me, this game was already over before it started. It should have been a forfeiture,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “It’s under the rules, everybody knows that in the basketball [world].”

Tang then went on to say that he was surprised that league officials still pushed through with the game. “I was shocked that the game still continued on and just a technical foul was given to the other side. For example, if just one player didn’t bring a jersey, do you think his team would have fielded him in,” he shared.

He then continued, “No, because it will be a forfeiture of the game. What more if a whole team does that? I don’t understand what the rules are right now. Personally, I’m confused.”

In the end, the rookie mentor said the call should have been an easy one to make. “Again, I’m not one to judge, but if you’re going to ask me personally, they should have done a better job in handling things. It shouldn’t take an hour or so,” he said.

He then continued, “You just have to follow rules. What are in the rules? Those guidelines, abide by it.”

For their part, league commissioner Bai Cristobal earlier said a final decision is yet to be made regarding the jersey mix-up. “Wala (pang desisyon). Pag-uusapan pa yan because we have to wait for whatever results,” he said.

The last time a team had the same sort of issue was back in 2015 when CSB-La Salle Greenhills had wrong numbers on the back of their jerseys.

As such, the Junior Blazers’ win against Colegio de San Juan de Letran then was overturned by the league.

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