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Eaglets battle Cubs

  • Written by Theodore Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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ATENEO hopes to sustain its perfect run against University of Santo Tomas today as the UAAP juniors basketball tournament resumes today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Blue Eaglets, powered by sophomore center Kai Sotto and veteran guard SJ Belangel, gun for a eighth consecutive victory in their 11 a.m. clash with the Tiger Cubs.

Meanwhile, the league yesterday announced that National University's 107-69 win against University of the East was nullified for fielding an ineligible player.

Instead of a 6-1 record, the Bullpups will hold a 5-2 card to tie the Tiger Cubs in second place, while giving the erstwhile winless Junior Warriors their first victory.

"Records show that in their game against UE on November 11, 2017, the NU Bullpups fielded a player who was not able to satisfy the eligibility requirements of the UAAP," said basketball commissioner and executive director Rebo Saguisag in a memo.
       
"NU won the said game but the win will have to be forfeited and/or otherwise awarded to UE."
       
The player was not mentioned in the memo, but online reports said that it was Bullpup 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.
    
New NU coach Goldywn Monteverde said that team management was able to sort out Puray’s documents, but the school fell short of meeting the deadline for submitting them to the UAAP.
    
The Bullpups will face defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman in the first game at 9 a.m., while the Junior Warriors take on La Salle-Zobel at 1 p.m.