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    UAAP denies Adamson request for rematch but extends ref's suspension

    Jul 27, 2013
    Coach Leo Austria and the rest of the Adamson Falcons won't have a rematch against De La Salle after the UAAP turned down the school's request for a replay of their controversial game. Jerome Ascano

    THE UAAP technical committee denied Adamson’s request for a rematch of the Falcons’ game against De La Salle last Wednesday but extended the suspension of referee Francisco Olivar to six game days.

    UAAP secretary treasurer Malou Isip of host Adamson said the school is already satisfied with the committee’s decision and will not elevate the issue to the UAAP board.

    “No rematch,” said Isip. “Because it’s not technical in nature. It was a judgment call.”

    Adamson had earlier requested for a rematch of the Adamson-La Salle game after a controversial unsportsmanlike call on Falcons’ Gian Abrigo with 15.9 seconds left in the game.

    The season host had also asked for Olivar, who called the controversial call, to be suspended for the rest of the season.

    But the technical committee ruled the referee will be given an additional three-game suspension on top of UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga’s earlier sanction of a three-game suspension.

    Olivar called an unsportsmanlike foul on Abrigo as he battles for positioning with La Salle’s Norbert Torres and the Archers up by two points.

    The infraction follows a UAAP rule that fouls away from the ball are unsportsmanlike in nature, but Loyzaga later said the call is an “untimely decision” as players should decide the outcome of the game.

    The call gave Torres two free throws plus possession for La Salle, ending Adamson’s hopes of winning the game.

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    Coach Leo Austria and the rest of the Adamson Falcons won't have a rematch against De La Salle after the UAAP turned down the school's request for a replay of their controversial game. Jerome Ascano
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