The NCAA management committee has concurred on Thursday with commissioner Joe Lipaâ€™s decision to deny the protest of University of Perpetual Help over its 71-74 loss to Mapua last Monday.
Altas management had protested the ejection of Perpetualâ€™s Nigerian center Femi Babayemi just four minutes into the match after hitting Mapua forward Michael Abad with an elbow following a rebound play.
The school had asked that the game against the Cardinals be replayed under a new set of referees, and the disqualifying foul on Femi Babayemi be downgraded to an ordinary foul.
But Lipa recommended that all points be junked, saying Babayemiâ€™s elbow â€” whether intentional or not â€” hit Abad above the shoulder, thus resulting in an automatic one-game suspension.
Perpetual management also failed to get a favorable response after elevating the complaint to the Mancom.
â€śMancom decision is to uphold the recommendation of commissioner Joe Lipa and the judgment call of the referees on (Jett) Vidal and (Harold) Arboleda,â€ť the group said in a statement signed by four of its members, led by chairman Fr. Vic Calvo O.P. of Letran.