A HARD-EARNED quadruple-overtime victory of University of the Philippines Integrated School - which stood as the school's lone win in the two divisions of the UAAP this season - has been forfeited after the league board ruled one of the players Junior Maroons' roster ineligible.
The board determined on Tuesday that Joshua General is ineligible to play this UAAP season as he had already exceeded the five-season window for high school players starting from the year of grade-school graduation.
With the decision, the Junior Maroons’ lone victory in five games this season, an 89-87 victory over Adamson last July 14, clinched on the fourth extra period, has been overturned in favor of the Baby Falcons.
UP's senior team is winless in six games.
The board did not issue an official statement on the matter but an official who declined to go on record since he is not authorized to speak on behalf of the league bared that General finished Grade Six in Naga in 2008, making him ineligible this season based on the window period.
When pressed for comment, UPIS coach Allan Gregorio said that he is appealing the decision as General had actually graduated Grade Seven at Lourdes High School in 2010 after finishing his studies in Naga on 2008.
“It’s a sad, sad, power-tripping decision,” Gregorio told Spin.ph without elaborating. “DepEd (Department of Education) na ang nagsabi na kailangang respetuhin natin ang Grade Seven, which really helped him survive UP education.”
Gregorio also said that he couldn’t understand why the UAAP board suddenly made a ruling even though it had previously cleared General to play at the start of the season.
“This is a precedent. The eligibility clearance was given to me before the season,” said Gregorio.
The source said that General had already enrolled high school in San Beda after his graduation in Naga but Gregorio said that it failed to push through because he was too young for high school.
“He was 11 when he went to San Beda but all of a sudden, DepEd said that he was too young. So he looked for an opportunity kasi hanggang Grade Seven naman talaga dito sa Manila,” said Gregorio.