UAAP officially forfeits Bullpups' win over Jr. Warriors

UAAP officially forfeits Bullpups' win over Jr. Warriors
UE scores its first win by virtue of NU's forfeiture

University of the East is finally on the board in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The Junior Warriors notched the first mark in their win column by virtue of their season-opening loss to Nazareth School of National University getting overturned.

“Records show that in their game against UE, NU fielded (in) a player who was not able to satisfy the eligibility requirements in the UAAP,” league executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag said in a memo released on Friday.

He then continued, “NU won said game, but the win will have to be forfeited and otherwise awarded to UE.”

Last November, the Bullpups crushed UE, 107-69, but fielded in Jayson Puray who was found to be ineligible.

Puray had eight points and three rebounds in 13 minutes in that game – his first and last in the tournament.

According to NU head coach Goldwn Monteverde, team management had all of Puray’s papers sorted out, but unfortunately, the school fell short of meeting the deadline for submitting them to the UAAP. “Ang nangyari dun is we already have all the documents, pero late nabigay ng school,” he said.

With the forfeiture, the Bullpups will drop to 5-2 in the standings – on even ground with University of Sto. Tomas for the second spot.

Conversely, the league memo raises the record of the Junior Warriors to 1-6.

Along with a shakeup in the standings, the development will also have implications on the awards race.

With one less win, the win bonus of contender Rhayyan Amsali of NU will be decreased.

On the other hand, UE’s Agem Miranda will finally have a win bonus to add to his total. This will no doubt boost his bid for an individual award which has thus far been anchored upon eye-popping averages of 17.9 points in 41.1 percent shooting, 8.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.1 steals.

UAAP Juniors action will resume on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

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