UAAP: UP 'protests' loss to Ateneo

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2018 04:13 PM
UAAP: UP 'protests' loss to Ateneo
UP is appealing the ejection head coach Bo Perasol got in their matchup opposite Ateneo

The University of the Philippines is urging the UAAP to put its loss to Ateneo de Manila University under review.

“We write to officially protest and implore action against what transpired during the UP vs Ateneo game,” Fighting Maroons team manager Atty. Agaton Uvero said in a letter forwarded to UAAP Season 81 Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag on Tuesday.

He then continued, “The UAAP must do something about this not because we lost. Losing is part of the game, but unfairness and bad officiating (are) certainly not. Nobody wins when bad calls or non-calls be game officials are not rectified and allowed to continue.”

The development was first reported by Mark Giongco of inquirer.net.

A week ago, the Blue Eagles downed the Fighting Maroons, 87-79.

In particular, State U pointed out an instance of “unfair” officiating when no foul was called on Ateneo’s William Navarro during a dunk attempt of Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie in the final frame.

That non-call was blasted by head coach Bo Perasol right then and there and that led to his ejection. With that, he incurred an automatic one-game suspension to be served in their next assignment.

According to a source, however, the letter is not an official protest of the result of the game, but more of a call for the league to review the refereeing. “It’s really not an official protest. It’s more of a letter from the management with a hope na ma-overturn yung ejection ni coach Bo leading to a one-game suspension,” the source said.

Indeed, UAAP house rules state that for an official protest, a team captain should sign his name on the stat sheet right after the game in question.

A recent example would be what College of St. Benilde skipper Yankie Haruna did following their close loss to San Sebastian College-Recoletos in the NCAA Season 94.

UP also questioned officiating after they only had seven shots from the free throw line compared to the defending champions’ 31.

For Ahkuetie, however, that just meant that the Fighting Maroons were not as aggressive as their opponents. “We barely attacked the paint, straight up. (Also, I was) shooting threes,” he said while chuckling post-game.

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