SAN Sebastian is holding off on a decision on whether to appeal or not the suspension of forward Ronald Pascual until a review of the video of the recent game against San Beda.
Pascual was ejected from the game at the five-minute, 54-second mark of the first quarter for throwing a closed fist at the Lions’ Rome dela Rosa in a rebound play in the final elimination-round match of the NCAA on Monday at The Arena in San Juan. The Stags went on to win, 69-55.
SSC athletic director Frank Gusi said on Wednesday he needs to take a second look at the video before deciding to file a formal appeal to the management committee to downgrade the disqualifying foul to an ordinary personal foul.
“For review ang tape bukas (Thursday),” Gusi, the school’s representative to the Management Committee, said in a phone conversation.
Pascual has denied that there was any intention on his part to hurt dela Rosa during the way.
“Masyadong manipis yung tawag,” Pascual said after the game. “Naka-boxout lang naman ako ng maayos.”
NCAA commissioner Joe Lipa, however, stood by the referee’s call after a review of the play.
“It’s clear in the tapes and the ground rule is clear,” he said.
If the call stands, Pascual will miss San Sebastian’s Final Four game against Letran on Saturday. The Stags own a twice-to-beat advantage against the Knights.
The Stags will definitely miss the services Pascual, the team’s main outside threat and third-leading scorer with a 13.1 average per game, especially against a Letran squad they haven’t beaten in two elimination-round games.
“(Pero) sa pinakita nila sa San Beda, wala akong duda na kaya nila manalo kahit wala ako,” Pascual said.