THE UAAP board has ordered a replay of the controversial game between Far Eastern University and National University, saying video replays that was supposed to confirm that RR Garcia's marginal basket indeed beat the game clock were "inconclusive."
The decision was made during a regular board meeting on Friday at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, after the Bulldogs' protest at the end of FEU's 77-75 victory on Sunday -- earlier denied by commissioner Ato Badolato -- was elevated to the technical committee and later the board.
The replay will take place on September 23, officials said.
“The decision (of the referees) was made based on non-conclusive evidence regarding the time expiring on the video provided by (league TV coveror) ABS-CBN Sports,” said La Salle board member Henry Atayde, a member of the technical committee who spoke for the league because host NU inhibited from the case.
The Tamaraws won the controversial game on a last-second layup by Garcia which the referees counted after a video review. The Bulldogs protested the decision before Badolato, saying the ball was still in the FEU star's hand when the buzzer sounded.
Videos of the final play were played over and over again during the deliberations.
In a statement, Atayde said: Because of the pieces of evidence/ statements/ video used in the deliberation was inconclusive and unclear and most of the points brought up showed that time had expired before the ball was fully released, the UAAP board unanimously upheld the appeal of NU for a replay of the game."
FEU board member Anton Montinola had little to say about the decision at the end of the meeting.
“That’s their decision,” an obviously disappointed Montinola told Spin.ph before leaving.
Junel Baculi, NU athletic director and secretary-treasurer of the league, inhibited himself from the deliberations.
“It’s a new lease of life but we have to move on and improve in order to qualify sa Final Four,” said Baculi. “We have a game against La Salle on Sunday so it is a tough road for us.”
Because of the decision, Far Eastern University and National University revert back to 7-3 and 6-4, respectively.