UNIVERSITY of the East will appeal the decision of commissioner Chito Loyzaga to suspend for two games key players Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros.
Rod Roque, the school’s representative to the UAAP board, said management is going file an appeal to the league’s technical committee on Thursday after he met with Loyzaga on Wednesday night to clarify the circumstances that led to the suspension of the two players.
“We talked to the commissioner to clarify things on the calls. He explained it very well. But as an obligation to the school, we will file a formal appeal tomorrow (Thursday),” said Roque after emerging from the meeting in one of the rooms at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Roque also hinted UE will also appeal to the board if the decision of the technical committee would likewise be unfavorable to the Red Warriors.
“Proseso natin, technical committee. Kapag na-deny, i-e-elevate natin sa UAAP board,” Roque said.
The UE official said that the school wants the suspension downgraded after Loyzaga decided to give Mammie and Casajeros their third unsportsmanlike foul for the season following a video review of the Warriors’ 94-98 double-overtime loss to Far Eastern University on Sunday.
“If not lift, downgrade,” Roque, also the sports director of UE, bared.
The suspension came at a most crucial time of the eliminations as the 5-4 Warriors are set to clash with National University on Saturday and De La Salle on September 4. Just like UE, both NU and La Salle are fighting for a berth in the Final Four.
Following the decision, UE star player Roi Sumang was even prompted to fire a tweet saying, “Tanggalin ninyo na lang kaya kami sa uaap,” on his account @shejSUMS.
But Loyzaga welcomed the meeting with Roque and UE coach Boycie Zamar as it gave him the opportunity to "make my side."
The commissioner said the two-game suspension was based on UAAP rules after it was determined the two UE players committed their third unsportsmanlike foul.
Loyzaga, though, said he is open to UE appealing his decision to the league technical committee.
“If they don’t like it, that’s okay. If they want to take necessary steps and make an appeal, they have the liberty to do that,” said the son of basketball legend Caloy Loyzaga.
Mammie was slapped with a two-game suspension after encroaching in the landing area as FEU star Terrence Romeo threw up a three-point shot.
Casajeros, meanwhile, committed two unsportsmanlike fouls in the game -- an elbow or a punch on Romeo in the second quarter, and an elbow on Romeo in the first overtime.
For his part, Zamar said he is ready for any eventuality.
“As a coach, you just have to play kung sino `yung natitira mong sundalo then fight till the end,” said Zamar.