University of Perpetual Help president Antonio Tamayo yesterday said the NCAA committed a mistake when it allowed the UPH-St. Benilde game last Tuesday to continue despite the knowledge that the Altas had worn the wrong uniform color.
“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.
Tamayo said the NCAA should have allowed league commissioner Arturo “Bai” 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, which actually won it, 64-60.
Tamayo said they admitted their mistake and believed the game should have been defaulted outright.
Instead, the game pushed through, resulting in forfeiture.