THE NCAA is seeking more solid evidence to back up allegations that San Beda guard Ryusei Koga violating a league rule of playing in another tournament while the Season 89 basketball competitions is ongoing.
A video has been presented to the NCAA Management Committee as evidence that Koga had played in a tournament in Paranaque City last September 17, a violation of NCAA rules since it occurred in the middle of the Season 89 men’s basketball tournament.
However, a source said members of the six-school committee formed to look into the incident want more documentary evidence that Koga indeed suited up in the Paranaque tournament before making a ruling.
Curiously, NCAA officials have yet to reveal who filed the complaint against Koga or if there is a protest in the first place.
The incident will have a bearing on the title race. If Koga is proven guilty, he will be banned three games while four wins which San Beda chalked up after he committed the violation will be forfeited, dropping the three-time champions from No. 1 to fourth seeds in the Final Four.
Until a rules change was done last year, San Beda's penalty could've been stiffer as such a violation would've meant forfeiture of all the games Koga played in - and an end to the team's four-peat dream.
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As it is, the league is hard-pressed to come up with a ruling since the Final Four will be played next week.
If the current standings hold, San Beda will meet fourth seed Perpetual while No. 2 Letran will take on third-ranked San Sebastian, with both the Red Lions and Knights enjoying the twice-to-beat edge.