MATTHEW Aquino will no longer play for National University this season after a court denied the school’s request for a preliminary injunction on the UAAP’s decision declaring him ineligible to play for Season 79, sources told SPIN.ph.
According to sources, NU will sit Aquino for the rest of the season following the court ruling, which initially granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the UAAP decision ruling the Bulldogs big man ineligible owing to suppposed violations in his NU residency.
NU, however, is expected to escape forfeiture of the two won games that Aquino played for the Bulldogs this season, the source added.
The source said the UAP board members are not inclined to forfeit the games since such a move would mean disrespecting the court’s decision to grant a TRO on Aquino’s case.
Nevertheless, the UAAP will hold a board meeting this month where it will be known if Aquino’s case will be discussed.
Aquino played when NU won against University of the Philippines and University of the East during its first round encounter.
Interestingly, Aquino didn’t suit up for NU in its last match against Far Eastern University last week.
As of posting time, UAAP officials have kept mum on the matter and are waiting for the league's legal counsel to craft their official statement.