NCAA upholds decision to suspend LPU's Perez for Finals Game 1

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 05, 2018 06:23 PM
NCAA upholds decision to suspend LPU's Perez for Game 1
It's final - there will be no CJ Perez for LPU in Game 1 against San Beda

CJ Perez will not be suiting up, and will not even be in the venue, when Lyceum of the Philippines University clashes with San Beda University in Game 1 of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Finals.

The league has stood by its initial decision after reviewing the Pirates’ appeal. “The Policy Board resolves that the appeal filed by Lyceum is denied… and Mr. Perez is hereby suspended on the scheduled game (on Tuesday),” it said in a memo released on Monday.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that the NCAA has suspended Perez for one game after he filed his application for the 2018 PBA Draft, but failed to inform the league’s Management Committee (ManCom) about it.

Explaining its decision, the league said that Perez violated a rule which states that “an athlete may apply for draft in (the PBA) provided he must inform the ManCom in writing and is duly endorsed by his school representative to the ManCom.”

Perez will be serving his one-game suspension in the opener of the best-of-three championship series on Tuesday at the MOA Arena.

As such, LPU will be missing his per game counts of 18.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.3 steals.

With or without their graduating swingman, head coach Topex Robinson said he and his wards will trudge through. “Hindi ko na kontrolado yun. Basta ako, I’m here to win a championship and I’m gonna focus my 100 percent tomorrow,” he said.

The Pirates and the Red Lions split their two meetings in the season.

A year ago in the Finals, though, the Pirates were swept by the Red Lions.


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