UNIVERSITY of the Philippines is facing forfeiture of its lone victory in the first round as it has yet to submit pertinent documents to back up the claim to eligibility of its American player Chris Ball.
The UAAP Board, however, has allowed UP’s request for an extension to submit Ball’s Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) documents, a requirement for foreigners playing in the UAAP.
Rumors had swirled that UP’s 63-48 win over University of the East last August 19 will be forfeited on Saturday morning but UAAP president Nilo Ocampo of National University clarified that the deadline for UP to submit the papers had been extended until September 7, when the board convenes to decide on Ball's case.
“They are asking for an extension,” said Ocampo on Saturday morning. “Lalabas daw by next week ‘yung papeles.”
“But the thing is, they were given only up to the first round so the board will have to convene and decide on it,” explained Ocampo. “We don’t know yet what caused the delay so we will have to find out.”
Ball, from Canyon High School in California, averaged 7.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in seven games.
Reached for comment by Spin.ph, UP coach Ricky Dandan sounded unfazed about the possibility of its lone win being forfeited.
“ACR lang naman ‘yun. We will be submitting it on Wednesday,” Dandan said.