Red Warrior Varilla opens match vs UST with an own goal

Mark Escarlote on Nov 04, 2015 03:29 PM
Red Warrior Varilla opens match vs UST with an own goal
Own goal --- Paul Varilla of University of the East gave rival University of Sto. Tomas a free basket after an own goal to open their match.

Playing basketball takes a lot of focus and concentration.

University of the East guard Paul Varilla’s mind may have been out of the game when he made a boo-boo of sinking an own goal Wednesday in the 78th UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Big Dome.

The Red Warrior caught the ball after the tip and quickly drove to the lane, making the opening basket – but on the court of the University of Sto. Tomas.

Karim Abdul of UST and Chris Javier of UE battled for the opening tip.  

There was confusion on the scorer’s table on to what team the point should be given.   

Under FIBA rules (Art. 16.2.1), “If a player accidentally scores a field goal in his team’s basket, the goal counts 2 points and shall be recorded as having been scored by the captain of the opposing team on the playing court.”

Officials followed the rule and gave the point to UST with the field goal listed under team captain Kevin Ferrer’s name – ironically, the only marker he 'made' in the first half.

Varilla scored seven.

The Red Warriors were ahead, 39-38, at the break.








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