THE lone victory of University of the Philippines is safe after the UAAP board on Wednesday ruled that Chris Ball is eligible to play for the rest of the 75th UAAP men's basketball season.
The board allowed American Ball to resume playing upon learning that his alien certificate of registration (ACR) had been issued by the Bureau of Immigration on August 14, 2012 — way before the board-mandated deadline, which was the eve of UP’s first game of the second round (July 24).
The document, signed by acting alien registration division chief Rolando Ledesma, was only received by the school this week.
“The UAAP Board has therefore declared Mr. Ball eligibile to play for the UP men's basketball team for UAAP Season 75,” said the board in a statement.
The UAAP board added that they granted UP’s initial appeal to extend the deadline due to delays in receiving the ACR, reportedly due to the weather disturbances that hit the metropolis this month.
“We decided on the appeal of UP to allow Mr. Ball to play,” the UAAP Board said.
Before the board’s decision, the Maroons’ single win at the expense of University of the East Warriors faced forfeiture. Ball was also not allowed to suit up for UP in its loss to Ateneo last August 25.
UP coach Ricky Dandan later expressed his gratitude to the UAAP board through his Twitter account.
“Thank you so much UAAP Board, thank you also to Chancellor Saloma & Dean Dizer #UPMABUHAY,” Dandan tweeted through his account @ricky_dandan.