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    Ball in board's court as UP case tackled

    Aug 26, 2012
    Chris Ball, pictured guarding Ateneo's Nico Salva, has yet to submit his ACR to the UAAP board. Jerome Ascano

    THE UAAP Board will hold a special board meeting on Wednesday to decide on the eligibility issue of University of the Philippines’ Chris Ball.

    UAAP secretary treasurer Junel Baculi comfirmed Sunday the board will meet to decide whether to forfeit the lone victory of the Maroons in the first round against the University of the East where Ball saw action.

    The school has been given until Wednesday to present Ball's Alien Certificate of Registration, a requirement for foreign students playing in the college league.

    As per UAAP rules, a foreign player who has yet to complete his documents can still play in the first round, but risks his team’s victories where he played being forfeited, if the necessary papers are not submitted before the first game of the first round.

    Hence, the Maroons’ lone victory in the first round against University of the East last August 19 will be forfeited once Ball is found to be ineligible.

    UP coach Ricky Dandan in an interview Saturday said the document will be furnished to the Board next week.

    “ACR lang naman ‘yun. We will be submitting it on Wednesday,” Dandan said.

    According to Baculi, the UP camp said the ACR document will be furnished late due to the recent weather disturbances that hit the country. The school also said the ACR number will prove that it was issued before the end of the first round.

    “We will discuss the merits before the Board decides,” said Baculi.

    Ball saw action in all the games of the Maroons averaging 7.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in seven games. Ball was in uniform, but didn’t play in UP’s 66-73 loss to Ateneo last Saturday.

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    A similar incident occurred during the baseball competitions of the 2006 season when Ateneo pitcher Justin Zialcita was not able to complete his eligibility documents. The UAAP Board decided to scrap all of the Blue Eagles’ three wins.

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    Chris Ball, pictured guarding Ateneo's Nico Salva, has yet to submit his ACR to the UAAP board. Jerome Ascano
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