THE UAAP basketball commissioner on Wednesday threw out National University's protest, upholding FEU's victory on a last-gasp basket by RR Garcia.
After a review of the controversial final play, basketball commissioner Ato Badolato ruled that Garcia’s game-winning basket was made in the nick of time.
“The protest was denied,” said Badolato. “Obviously, ‘yung bola left the hand of RR Garcia in time upon the review of the game.”
However, NU athletic director Junel Baculi said that the Bulldogs will appeal Badolato’s decision.
“We will appeal to the UAAP technical committee and to the UAAP board en banc,” said Baculi in a text message. “I will let the UAAP secretariat set up the meeting maybe tomorrow (Thursday)."
With NU being the host, Baculi is the league’s secretary treasurer and likewise sits on the technical committee.
Badolato said that he reviewed the game using the same camera angles that was shown during the television broadcast and it revealed that the ball was released before the clock expired.
Garcia’s game-winner lifted Far Eastern University to a 77-75 win over the Bulldogs on Sunday, the Tamaraws’ eighth win in 11 outings.