ARELLANO decided it will no longer pursue protesting its 112-114 loss to Jose Rizal University in double overtime on Thursday in the NCAA Season 91 seniors basketball.
Peter Cayco, Arellano’s representative to the league Management Committee, said no less than school president Francisco Cayco made the decision not to officially put the game under protest.
Although Arellano signed the scoresheet signifying its intention to put the game under protest, teams have until 48 hours to officially file one through a letter.
“I was ordered by my president not to put the game under protest in the spirit of sportsmanship and in the interest of the NCAA,” said Peter Cayco.
“Jose Rizal had nothing to do with the errors of game officials,” he added.
The move had the Chiefs and Heavy Bombers keeping similar 6-4 slates.
Arellano initially thought of putting the loss under protest following a bizarre finish to the tightly-fought match which saw a long basket by Tey Teodoro wrongly awarded as a three-pointer in the dying seconds of the game.
Teodoro’s long jumper, declared as a three by the referees, gave the Heavy Bombers a four-point lead, 113-109. Arellano’s Jio Jalalon then answered back with his own trey to make it a one-point game.
After Jalalon was forced to foul Gio Lasquety with 1.2 seconds left, the referees reviewed Teodoro’s basket and said the Jose Rizal stalwart was clearly stepping on the three-point line and should have only been given a two, making the score at 112-all.
Although the error was corrected, the foul was too late to be recalled as Lasquety went on to hit the two game-winning free throws.
For his part, Arellano coach Jerry Codinera gamely accepted the decision of the school.
“We are not expecting na mababago pa ang lahat. Bawi na lang kami next game. Move on na dahil tapos na ‘yun. We don’t have to dwell on the past,” he said.