UAAP commissioner Badolato denies UST protest against Ateneo
InterAKTV · Monday, September 17, 2012 · 5:25 pm
UAAP basketball commissioner Ato Badolato turned down the protest of University of Santo Tomas over its 68-66 loss to Ateneo last Saturday.
“The protest of UST was turned down because it involves judgment calls,” Badolato told InterAKTV on Monday.
“But like all the other protest, puwede nilang i-elevate sa board ang protest nila.”
This was the second time Badolato denied a protest. The first was National University’s protest on its 77-75 defeat to Far Eastern University on RR Garcia’s controversial last-second lay-up.
But the technical committee, headed by UST’s Fr. Emerito de Sagun, upheld the NU protest and ordered a replay of the match.
The Bulldogs-Tamaraws repeat performance is on September 23.
Pressed for comment, Growling Tigers coach Pido Jarencio said the decision was unfair and hit the referees for their failure to apply the rules.
UST’s two main arguments in the protest was the goal-tending violation of Karim Abdul on Ateneo’s Ryan Buenafe and the non-technical foul call on Blue Eagles head coach Norman Black for crossing the half-court line.
“Nasa rules ng UAAP ‘yun. Bakit hindi nila tinawagan? Ibig sabihin lahat ng coaches puwede nang mag-cross ng line,” said the furious Jarencio.
“Kami bihira kami mag-protesta. Ngayon lang talaga. Gusto namin ng fair play. Okay lang matalo kami basta fair play.”
UST has yet to elevate the protest to the technical committee but if Jarencio will have his way, he will support that move.
“Nasa school na ‘yan pero kung ako tatanungin, dapat lang,” he said.