WHAT it lost on the court, University of Perpetual Help is now trying to win off it.
The Altas put their 78-77 overtime defeat to San Sebastian on Monday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament under protest over what they claim was a lapse by the referees late in the second quarter.
The play happened with 25 seconds left before halftime when the Stags’ Jon Rebollos hit a triple, but was called for an offensive foul when he stuck out his foot and hit the Altas’ Juneric Baloria in the groin on his way down.
Altas coach Aric del Rosario insisted the referees should’ve awarded Baloria two free throws since the Stags were already in the penalty when the foul was called.
Del Rosario also claimed the referees admitted their mistake.
“After a few minutes (following the play) tinanong ko referee, nakaligtaan daw nila.”
The stat sheet was signed by Altas skipper Harold Arboleda after the game to signify the team’s intention to file a formal protest.
Once a formal protest is filed, Commissioner Joe Lipa and his staff will have to determine if the play in question involves a technicality before taking action.
“Ayaw ko talaga yang mga protesta, pero kailangan ipakita rin natin yung karapatan natin,” Del Rosario said.
“It’s something we don’t have control of. It’s gonna be the commissioner who’s going to handle that,” Stags mentor Topex Robinson said.