THE NCAA has left San Beda hanging by deferring action on the case against guard Ryusei Koga, who was accused of playing in a different league while the league's season was ongoing.
A six-man task force formed by the league to look into evidence that Koga had played in a league in Paranaque City last September 17 failed to come up with a decision after a week of investigation.
But instead of absolving the Red Lions, the league decided to defer the investigation "to allow the teams to focus on the impending semifinals and finals," the task force said in a statement released to media outlets.
With the move, San Beda now goes to the Final Four as the top seed with a 15-3 record, but runs the risk of having its title campaign railroaded since the league reserved the right to reopen the case "should new evidence surface in the future."
The task force also mentioned a separate case against Jeremiah Taladua, who apparently also stands accused of the playing in another league while the NCAA was ongoing.
The full statement read:
“To allow the teams to focus on the impending semifinals and finals, the NCAA has decided to defer the ongoing investigation into players Ryusei Koga of SBC and Jeremiah Taladua of LPU without prejudice to its reopening should new evidence surface in the future.”
The Final Four now gets going as scheduled on Thursday with the top-seeded Lions enjoying twice-to-beat advantage over fourth-seeded Perpetual and second-seed Letran having the same advantage against No. 3 San Sebastian.
However, the Koga case will remain hanging over the Red Lions' heads as they continue their quest for a fourth straight championship.