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Tamayo calls NCAA forfeiture ‘a mistake’

University of Perpetual Help president Antonio Tamayo yesterday called the National Collegiate Atheltics Association (NCAA) decision to allow his team to play against College of St. Benilde despite the Altas reporting in wrong jersey color a mistake.
That mistake, according to Tamayo, resulted in the forfeiture of the Altas' 69-65 victory over the Blazers.
“(The league was) wrong to allow our team to play. It penalizes us twice by slapping us a technical foul and gave the other team a free throw before the game started and then forfeit it later,” said Tamayo.
Tamayo said the NCAA should have allowed league commissioner Arturo “Bai” Cristobal to make the decision.
“The league should empower Commissioner Bai Cristobal and let him decide anything related to basketball matters,” he said. “I believe they should not forfeit the game under the process undertaken by the commissioner.”
Perpetual Help lodged the protest Wednesday as it seeks to overturn the NCAA decision to forfeit its 69-65 victory over St. Benide.
At press time, the Management Committee chaired by Fr. Glyn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian was holding an emergency meeting seeking to find resolution of the issue.
The Mancom also forfeited Perpetual Help’s juniors lost game to La Salle-Greenhills, 64-60.
Tamayo said they admitted their mistake and believes the game should have been defaulted outright.
Meanwhile, Emilio Aguinaldo College guns for a share of the lead with Lyceum of the Philippine as it clashes with Letran even as defending champion San Beda College aims to get back on track as it faces St. Benilde today in the men's basketball tournament at the FilOil Arena in San Juan.
The Generals take on the Knights at 12 noon, while the Lions face the Blazers at 2 p.m.
Arellano University and Jose Rizal University clash at 4 p.m.

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