UAAP declares Serrano ineligible, forces forfeiture of Adamson wins
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 01, 2017 11:04 AM
PAUSED. Encho Serrano's run of domination will have to wait before being allowed to resume.
Adamson High School has lost its league-leading win total as well as its team-leading main man in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
The league board unanimously voted on Tuesday to declare erstwhile MVP frontrunner Encho Serrano ineligible. “The UAAP Board of Trustees, by a unanimous vote with all members duly represented, declared Florencio Serrano ineligible to play for Season 79,” the official statement said.
According to the UAAP, Serrano “failed to submit the required Secondary Student's Permanent Record that would show/indicate his complete high school enrollment, credentials, and records.”
Adamson has said before that it had simply submitted the papers that were given to it by Serrano’s previous school.
The UAAP’s decision will cause the Baby Falcons to take a loss in all of their 12 completed assignments thus far in the tournament. As such, their standing will now be 0-12.
With the 17-year-old showing the way with averages of 19.3 points in 58 percent shooting and 8.1 rebounds, Adamson had been pacing the league. With 11 wins in 12 games, it was one win away from a twice-to-beat advantage.
With the decision, however, the Baby Falcons will spiral downward to the bottom of the standings and therefore surrender its Final Four spot. Taking their place will be defending champion Nazareth School of National University who will improve to 11-1.
Also rising will be 10-2 Far Eastern University-Diliman and 9-3 Ateneo de Manila High School who are both already playoff-bound. University of Sto. Tomas (5-7), De La Salle Zobel (5-7), and University of the Philippines Integrated School (5-7) will all be in play for the fourth and final playoff berth.
In the MVP race, Serrano will cede frontrunner status to Blue Eaglet SJ Belangel.
Adamson will reportedly appeal the UAAP Board decision.
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