ALREADY struggling to come up with match wins, Emilio Aguinaldo College and Mapua are now set to lose their next games by forfeiture, as expected, due to lack of players.
The suspensions handed by the NCAA after the ugly EAC-Mapua clash has left the Generals with just four players for Friday’s scheduled match at The Arena in San Juan against semifinal contender Perpetual Help.
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The only seniors game that will be played Friday is the match between also-rans Lyceum and San Sebastian at 1 p.m.
“They are facing possible forfeiture if they cannot come up with five players to start the game,” said Paul Supan, NCAA Management Committee chairman, in a statement on Thursday.
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Suspended were EAC’s John Tayongtong (five games), Jan Jamon (3), Ariel Aguilar (3), Jack Arquero (3), Sydney Onwubere (3), John Santos (2), Manelle Quilanita (2), Edsel Saludo (2) and Faustine Pascual (1).
Jerald Serrano, Christ Mejos, Ai Indin and Jozhua General were not banned.
The Generals will slide to 4-13 while the Altas will hike its record to 10-6.
Mapua, meanwhile, forfeits its game against Letran on Monday as it was also left with four players — CJ Isit, Joseph Eriobu, Jessie Saitanan and Jeson Cantos.
Leo Gabo (four games), Jomari Tubiano (3), Justin Serrano (2), James Galoso (2), Exeqiel Biteng (2), Andrew Estrella (2), Jerome Canaynay (1), Ronnel Villasenor (1) and Darrel Magsigay (1) were suspended.
The last time the league had a game forfeited was when St. Benilde won over San Beda after Nigerian Sam Ekwe wore a wrong set of uniform.