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    FEU official slams board decision to replay game vs NU

    Sep 8, 2012
    Coach Bert Flores' FEU Tamaraws will meet NU mentor Eric Altamirano's Bulldogs for the third time in the UAAP this season on September 23. Jerome Ascano

    A TOP Far Eastern University sports official took to microblogging site Twitter to air his frustration over the UAAP board’s decision to replay the Tamaraws’ controversial game over National University last week.

    Mark Molina, the FEU athletic director, criticized the decision of the board on his Twitter account @marqmolina.

    “Board of non-basketball people overruled the basketball comm.. they hired on a technical matter. Dapat board na din refs for remaining games,” Molina tweeted.

    On Friday, the UAAP board ordered a replay of the Tamaraws’ contested victory over the Bulldogs last September 2 after concurring to the NU claim that video replays of RR Garcia’s last gasp, marginal layup was "inconclusive."

    The replay will be played on September 23.

    Meanwhile, UAAP commissioner Ato Badolato preferred not to comment on the board’s action overruling his decision that Garcia's basket indeed beat the game clock.

    Badolato, who carved his niche as a multi-titled champion coach of the San Beda juniors team, earlier denied the protest of NU contesting Garcia’s game-winning lay-up after making his own review of the controversial play.

    For the record, this is not the first time the board ordered a game replayed.

    In 2005, the board similarly ordered a replay of the game between La Salle and University of the East which the Archers won on an improbable buzzer-beater by wingman Cholo Villanueva.

    The basket by Villanueva came after La Salle sued for a timeout with 1.8 seconds left. The Warriors, however, protested that a timeout should not have been called since the Green Archers had already inbounded the ball before the play was stopped.

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    The UAAP technical committee upheld UE’s protest and replayed the game, which the Green Archers still won.

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    Coach Bert Flores' FEU Tamaraws will meet NU mentor Eric Altamirano's Bulldogs for the third time in the UAAP this season on September 23. Jerome Ascano
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