The Management Committee will tackle today the protest filed by Letran over a wrong uniform worn by a San Beda player in their recent game.
Mancom chair Frank Gusi of host San Sebastian yesterday said they recently received the protest letter from Letran after Red Cub Baser Amer wore a different uniform without a log of one of the league’s sponsors.
“The Mancom will convene at 9 a.m. at The Arena tomorrow (today) and we will decide on the protest by Letran,” said Gusi.
San Beda, the reigning NCAA juniors’ champion, overpowered Letran, 86-71, in a Season 86 game Wednesday although it may end up via forfeiture because of the Amer folly.
It can be recalled that San Beda’s senior team lost a game it lopsided won over St. Benilde after former Nigerian center Sam Ekwe was also caught wearing a different uniform that is lacking a certain logo that the league requires two years ago.
“There’s still no decision and the Mancom has yet to decide on it but I think there is already a precedent,” said Ato Badolato, San Beda’s former high school coach who is now the school’s athletic director.
The decision was arrived upon citing infringement on rules 6.1, 6.5 and as prescribed by rules 9.2 and 9.2.1 of the NCAA manual of operations.
Rule 6.1 and 6.5 state that “All athletes shall wear the official playing team uniform in all the games/matches of the NCAA Season” and “Any athlete whose playing uniform does not conform to the preceding rules shall be ineligible to participate in a given game/match,” respectively.
Rules 9.2 and 9.2.1, meanwhile, state “a team shall lose the game by forfeiture if and when: An ineligible athlete is field or enters the playing court with an intent play. The particular player shall be barred from further competition in any NCAA tournament. Moreover, the games with the team in which he played are automatically forfeited.”