Perpetual hits NCAA for overruling commish on Altas case

MANILA, Philippines - Perpetual Help CEO and president Antonio Tamayo yesterday said the NCAA erred when it allowed the Perpetual Help-St. Benilde game last Tuesday to be held despite an issue on technicality with the Altas wearing wrong set of uniforms.

“They were wrong to allow our team to play and penalized us twice by slapping us a technical foul and gave the other team a free throw before the game started and then forfeit it later,” said Tamayo.

He added the NCAA should have allowed league commissioner Arturo Cristobal to make the decision.

“The league should empower commissioner Bai Cristobal and let him decide anything related to basketball matters,” he said. “I believe they should not forfeit the game under the process undertaken by the commissioner.”

Perpetual Help lodged the protest Wednesday as it seeks to overturn the NCAA decision to forfeit its 69-65 victory over St. Benide.

At press time, the Management Committee chaired by Fr. Glyn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian was holding an emergency meeting seeking to find resolution of the issue.

The forfeiture came after the Altas wore their dark maroon uniform instead of the designated white jersey.

The Mancom also forfeited Perpetual Help’s juniors game against La Salle-Greenhills.

Tamayo said they admitted their mistake and believes the game should have been defaulted outright.

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