UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas has officially put its 66-68 loss to Ateneo under protest after submitting a formal letter to UAAP Commissioner’s Office.
UAAP commissioner Ato Badolato said he will decide on the protest at the "soonest possible time" after receiving the letter from UST management.
The Tigers are contesting that a goaltending called on Karim Abdul with 5.1 seconds left in the game should not have been called. That call resulted in Ryan Buenafe's game-winning three-point play.
UST also complained that a technical foul should have been called on Ateneo coach Norman Black in the final stretch of the game.
UST's protest was the second in the league this season after National University succeeded in convincing the board to have its match against Far Eastern University re-played on Sunday.
The board had concurred with the Bulldogs' stand that video replays of RR Garcia's last-gasp basket, which the referees reviewed before ruling the shot should count, were "inconclusive."
The loss sent the Tigers, who are still in the hunt for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, slipping to a 9-4 win-loss slate.
UST coach Pido Jarencio, on Saturday night, clarified that it was management’s decision to file a protest.
If it is not satisfied with Badolato’s decision, UST can elevate the case to the technical committee, which is chaired by its board member Fr. Ermito De Sagun.