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.
On the non-call against coach Norman Black, UST should invoke the reason why Ato Badolato reviewed the actions of the suspended players which allowed gave him the reason for their suspension. If he could sanction players after the fact, then Coach Norman Black should also be assesed a post-game technical foul. And, like the player suspensions, it should apply... to the next game... which should be a non-UST game. Taragis iba pa ang makikinabang. Fail.
Teka pwede pa.
For the goal tending, to reinforce it's case, UST should get a forensic scientist. Speed, trajectory, spin, point of release, position of Buneafe's fingers... I'm sure the forensic team can come out with their findings... next year. Fail . WAIT! always invoke the Tembong Melencio factor. Which can be summed up in one word "BASTA!". That should clinch it. Replay na ito!
Member Elvis on another thread said that actually UST, FEU, NU and Lasalle may all still wind up with five losses each. Here is how that might happen:
- UST loses to the Ateneo if a re-play is ordered and they also lose to UE
- NU beat FEU in their re-play
- Lasalle wins its remaining game/s as well
So how will all this play out?
- UST swept their season series versus NU, advantage UST
- FEU swept their season series versus UST, advantage FEU
- Lasalle split their season series versus UST and FEU
I cannot recall if NU swept Lasalle this season.
In any event, knowing the playoff-everything UAAP, there will be a virtual Best-of-3 for the fourth and last Final 4 slot.
This will be followed by another virtual Best-of-3 for the second and third Final 4 slots.
All this time Norman Black and the Ateneo are scratching their Blue Eagle eggs. By the time this is all said and done whoever emerges from this gauntlet will face a well-rested, well-prepared Ateneo dying to give Black a going-away present for the ages.
I would like to know what the hell the UAAP thinks it is doing banning Mando Salva from the Patron sections and player areas of the venues while only imposing a one-game suspension on Ronald Magtulis.
From what I've gathered there wasn't an investigation, or at least it was not as thorough and professional as it should have been. Because if it where, there were at least four eyewitnesses who could attest that Salva did not threaten much less harm Magtulis, and that it was in fact Magtulis who was itching to start an altercation WITH A PLAYER.
Coming from a coach, shouldn't the sanction agaisnt Magtulis be stiffer, like say a ban for the rest of the Season?
AS ATENEO and University of Santo Tomas gear up for the UAAP championship round, the two teams they dispatched in the semifinals have quickly turned their attention to next season.
National University and La Salle—the two squads that defied the odds in the thrilling race to the Final Four—expect to turn into solid contenders as both return with virtually intact lineups in next year’s men’s basketball tourney.
“Our preparation for Season 76 starts tomorrow,” said coach Gee Abanilla after the Green Archers nearly pulled off an upset over four-time champion and fierce rival Ateneo in the semifinals, 66-63, last Saturday.
“I just feel we’ll have a better season next year. We have an intact lineup, but of course, we still have to see the other talents in the market. We have some players already in our radar.”
The Bulldogs, who reached the Final Four for the first time in 11 years, also gave a tough fight before the Tigers held on to a 63-57 win in their own semifinal duel.
“I told the team to always remember that before you succeed, you have to fail first,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “We want to use this loss as motivation to move forward and prepare for next year. I believe that next year we’ll be able to handle it better.”
Both the Bulldogs and the Archers cite “immaturity” and “lack of experience” as reasons for their end game meltdown in the semifinals even if both squads were powered by two of the league’s best players.
NU leaned on Ray Parks, who bagged his second straight MVP in just as many years in the league, while La Salle had Rookie of the Year Jeron Teng bringing life back to the team that missed last year’s Final Four.
“Even if we got to the Final Four, we had to strive and aim for something higher,” said Abanilla. “Then again, nothing to be ashamed of. We gave Ateneo a good fight and we almost had that game.”
NU clinched the No. 3 spot due to a superior quotient after finishing tied with La Salle and Far Eastern University at the end of the eliminations at 9-5. La Salle nailed the last semifinal berth after upsetting FEU in the playoffs.
“We made it to the Final Four and I’m proud of my teammates definitely,” said Parks. “Hopefully next year we’ll be better.”
The Blue Eagles, who are vying for a fifth straight crown, and the Tigers kick off their best-of-three title clash at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Unlike in the 2006 Finals, where the underdog Tigers won over the then No. 1 Eagles, odds are almost even for the two teams that split their elimination tussles by an average of 1.5 points.
UST center Karim Abdul will suit up in Game 1 as his second unsportsmanlike foul in the semis was deemed “not meant to hurt” by league officials.
Meanwhile, UST and La Salle secured the first two Final Four slots yesterday in the table tennis tournament at Blue Eagle Gym.
UST trounced Adamson and UE via 3-0 scores while La Salle also posted a 3-0 triumph over Ateneo and Adamson.
Dream Ateneo-UST title duel: Coaches urge refs be 'consistent, fair'
By Olmin Leyba
(The Philippine Star)
Updated October 03, 2012 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas brace for a highly charged war for the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball crown and appealed that game officials will “let the players play” and settle the score on the hardcourt.
“I think this will be the most difficult championship series that we’ll play against UST,” said Ateneo team manager Paolo Trillo during yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate, where he and UST mentor Pido Jarencio talked about the best-of-three finals.
“Guaranteed, it’s going to be very intense, in terms of fan base of both schools, I’m sure it will be jampacked. In terms of quality of play, I’m sure it will be topnotch. IT WILL BE a very exciting finals to watch,” he added.
Jarencio expects more or less the same but asketd that officiating be “consistent and fair.”
The finals protagonists’ last meeting in the eliminations, which the Blue Eagles won, 68-66, was marred by controversy. The Tigers placed that game under protest, citing the non-issuance of a technical foul on ADMU coach Norman Black despite entering the court to protest a non-call. But commissioner Ato Badolato and eventually the league’s technical committee junked the protest, citing the points raised were “judgment” in nature.
“Medyo may nakita lang na technicalities kaya nagprotesta tayo. Pero tapos na yun, nadesisyunan na ng commissioner. Yun nga, back to zero na tayo (We just saw some points of technicalities, that’s why we protested. But that’s all in the past now, the commissioner had ruled on it. We’re now back to zero),” he said.
“Ang sa akin lang is wala silang marininig sa akin regarding officiating, it’s all on commissioner’s office, kung ano ang desisyon niya. Dapat maging fair ang trato, sa decision, the judgment call, sa lahat. Tapos dapat bayaan ninyo ang players na maglaro, bayaang sila ang magdecide ng game kasi sila naman ang pinapanood dito. Let them decide the game, not the officials o kung sino man (My only appeal is for fair treatment in whatever decision, judgment call, everything. Let the players play, let them decide the game, not the officials or anybody else).” he added.
For Trillo, that controversial second-round game is all behind them now.
“Tapos na yun. Pagdating sa finals, it’s a different story. Back to zero na yung two teams (That’s a thing of the past. The finals is a different story all together for the two teams, which start from scratch),” he said.
Ateneo and UST go into the titular duel that begins Saturday at the MOA Arena with an even head-to-head record this year. The Tigers won the first in come-from-behind fashion, 71-70, then the Eagles got back with that protest-marred two-point win.
“If you look at the lineup of UST, they’re a complete team; in every position, they have some sort of a main man. And of course, there’s (Karim) Abdul, who, stats-wise, is one of the top players in the league. They also have scorers like (Jeric) Teng, (Kevin) Ferrer, who just exploded in their last game, and their point guard (Jeric) Fortuna, a very crafty player. Then there’s (Aljon) Mariano, who’s enjoying a very big season. Off the bench, they also have guys who can contribute,” said Trillo.
“Malakas ang Ateneo because they work as a team, they play as a team offensively and defensively. Kaya hinahanapan namin ngayon ng solusyon para makakuha ng advantage sa kanila (Ateneo is strong because they play as a team both offensively and defensively. So we’re trying to find ways to beat them),” said Jarencio.
The Eagles are dedicating this “five-peat drive” to coach Norman Black, who’s leaving at the end of the season, and business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan, their patron who severed ties with the school recently.
The Tigers, on the other hand, are gunning for a first crown in six years, determined to win it for the ever-supportive Thomasian community.
“We want to dedicate the championship to MVP and we’d also like to send off coach Norman with a championship,” said Trillo. “Of course, the five-peat is a rare feat, we may not have another chance like this again so we want to make the most out of it.”
“This is for the UST community. The players are inspired because of their tremendous support,” said Jarencio. “Six years na. Nagpa-Final Four pero walang finals appearance and then nung pre-season, hindi kami pinag-uusapan kaya nothing to lose kami. Yung hunger andyan, kasi sila Fortuna at (Carmelo) Afuang, ayaw um-exit nang hindi nakakatikim ng championship. Personally ako rin, matagal-tagal na ring di champion, para maganda rin ang exit, kung sakali (It’s been six years since we’ve been in the finals and won a championship. We didn’t rank high in the pre-season so we have nothing to lose here. The hunger is there, and Fortuna and Afuang, wouldn’t want to exit without a taste of the title. So do I personally).”
MANILA, Philippines — University of Santo Tomas reigned in the 75th season of the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) judo competitions once again, bagging the men’s, women’s and junior’s titles.
The Growling Tigers chalked up 51 points off a 3-3-3 (gold-silver-bronze) medal haul, behind the efforts of MVP Al Rolan Llamas.
UST won its second straight title by banking on an onslaught in the last day of competitions Tuesday to defeat University of the Philippines and La Salle, which both finished with 27 points.
The Maroons finished second, while the Green Archers ended up in third place behind the Tigers, who remain the winningest squad in the men’s division.
The Tigresses, meanwhile, edged the 12-time champions Lady Maroons, by holding on to a 15 point-edge to win the women’s crown with 53 points.
MVP Jewel de Castro and top rookie Sueko Kinjho helped UST clinch its sixth overall title just as the Tiger Cubs ended Ateneo’s six-year reign in the junior’s tie.