JOSE Rizal University beat Arellano, 114-112, in double overtime on Thursday but the bizarre finish has led to the Chiefs putting the game under protest in the NCAA Season 91 seniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Peter Cayco, Arellano’s representative to the league's management committee, confirmed they have put the game under protest following a wild ending that led to the Chiefs losing the game over a two-point basket by JRU's Tey Teodoro that was wrongly called a three-pointer by the referees.
Teodoro hit a long jumper that was ruled a trey by the referees to give the Bombers a 113-109 lead late in the second overtime. After Arellano’s Jio Jalalon responded with his own triple with six seconds to go, the Chiefs were forced to foul believing they were still down by one.
But after fouling Gio Lasquety to stop the clock with 1.2 seconds to play, a video review revealed that Teodoro's foot was well inside the three-point arc.
Although the referees corrected the call, it was too late to recall the foul on Lasquety who went on to sink the game-winning free throws.
The controversial ending put the heat on the referees and immediately sparked a debate on what should have been the course of action the officials took after the video review.
Paolo Pontejos scored a career-high 32 points while adding eight assists for the Heavy Bombers, who matched the Chiefs' record at 6-4 (win-loss) after the controversial victory.
Jalalon finished with 36 points and 16 assists for the Chiefs.
JRU (114) — Pontejos 32, Poutouochi 21, Teodoro 16, Dela Paz 10, Astilla 10, Cruz 9, Lasquety 8, Dela Virgen 3, Sanchez 2, Grospe 2, Abdulwahab 1, Estrella 0.
Arellano (112) – Jalalon 36, Holts 21, Nicholls 20, Enriquez 10, Bangga 9, Cadavis 6, Meca 5, Salado 3, Ortega 2, Gumaru 0, Capara 0.
Quarterscores: 19-21, 40-35, 66-63, 87-87, 98-98, 114-112.