THE possibility of a replay of the controversial match between Ateneo and University of the East has been raised as the UAAP prepares to tackle separate motions filed by the two schools over the presence of a suspended coach and player during Sunday's game in violation of league rules.
The UAAP board will gather on Thursday for its regular monthly meeting to decide possible actions against Ateneo coach Bo Perasol and UE cager Ralf Olivares, who were both suspended for Sunday’s game but were spotted at the Mall of Asia Arena during the Blue Eagles’ 77-72 victory over the Red Warriors.
UE had initially asked for an investigation into the presence of Perasol during Sunday’s game even though he had been slapped by the UAAP board with a one-game suspension for a run-in with a La Salle fan.
Ateneo countered with a letter on Tuesday asking the league to probe the presence of Olivares behind the UE bench in the same match while serving the second game of his two-game suspension handed out by UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga.
The letter, signed by Ateneo board representative Ricky Palou, was submitted to the board on Tuesday.
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Based on UAAP rules, suspended team officials like Perasol are not allowed at the venue, while banned players are restricted from being on the bench or in its “immediate vicinity.”
Violation of the said rule merits a forfeiture of the game.
A few UAAP board members sought for comment by Spin.ph said that a replay is not a remote possibility, considering both sides have violated the rules.
They also pointed out that the board has previously leaned towards ordering replays in settling disputes.
Just last year, the UAAP ordered a replay of the Far Eastern University-National University match following a protest by NU when a video review couldn't conclusively deterrmine that RR Garcia’s game-winning layup had come before the buzzer.
NU eventually won the replay, leaving out FEU from the Final Four picture.
UE was similarly involved in a replayed game when the Warriors put under protest its 2005 game against La Salle after Cholo Villanueva scored a buzzer-beating basket to force overtime off a timeout, which was later determined should not have been awarded to the Archers in the first place.
La Salle also won the replay.
Other board members, however, said they would rather listen to the arguments first before making a decision.
Meanwhile, another board member said Ateneo's motion to probe the presence of other suspended players during games this season - particulary of UE’s Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros, FEU’s Garcia, and De La Salle’s Thomas Torres - cannot be granted as there is a 48-hour grace period for the filing of protests.