SAN Beda hopes to have made its point to the officiating crew of the NCAA even after its protest was denied on Friday.
Team manager Jude Roque confirmed the development, which came four days after the Red Lions put their men’s basketball match against University of Perpetual Help under protest over a technicality in one crucial play in the third quarter.
The Red Lions questioned a play with barely a minute left in the third quarter that saw a miss shot by Kevin Olivera lead to an offensive rebound and a triple by teammate Joel Jolangcob that gave the Altas their biggest lead at 63-49.
The Lions felt Olivera failed to beat the 24-second shot clock, but officials let the play go on. The Altas went on to win the game, 76-75.
But the protest was junked on the recommendation of Commissioner Bai Cristobal.
“We expected this outcome somehow,” Roque told Spin.ph. “But we pursued it just to make a point.”
“Game officials must be always on their toes especially in this crucial stage of the tournament,” he added.
Roque said he hopes for better officiating, starting in their game against Jose Rizal University on Saturday.
“We trust that the remaining games will be handled better after the unfortunate events last time,” he said. “I know the good commissioner and the referees groups will ensure that such incidents don’t occur again until the end of the season.”