Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses said if he’ll have his way, he wouldn’t want to push through with filing a formal protest following the Heavy Bombers’ controversial 60-63 loss to Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday.
Meneses, along with his players were in disbelief after game officials waved off what appeared to be a foul committed by EAC’s Remy Morada on Teytey Teodoro, who launched a desperate three-point attempt just before time expired.
Upon review of Teodoro’s last-second heave, the officials ruled a non-call as EAC players erupted in jubilation.
JRU team skipper Jordan de la Paz signed the scoresheet to put the game under protest.
“Sa interpretation ko, hindi ko sinasabing tama ako, pero sa paniniwala ko (dapat may tawag) iyung contact saka yung release (ni Teodoro). Usually ang pagtawag naman, late yan, pero ‘yun yung hatol nila (game officials) eh. Wala tayong magagawa,” said Meneses when sought for comment after the game.
But Meneses said the university will have the final say on whether they will push through with the protest to the NCAA or not.
“Pag-uusapan pa sa school kung itutuloy yung protest. Pero kung ako tatanungin, huwag na lang.”
JRU has 24 hours to file a formal complaint to the NCAA management committee as per tournament rules.
Meneses, a former PBA MVP, tipped his hat off to the Generals for playing their hearts out that ended the Heavy Bombers’ streak in the second round.
“Parang ang lalabas, mananalo ka lang dahil dun o uulitin yung game. Let’s give credit doon sa EAC. They played really well,” he said.
The 47-year-old Meneses said the loss was also JRU’s fault since the players seemed to have taken the Generals for granted during the game.
“Tingin nila (Heavy Bombers) kayang-kaya nila yung EAC. Sinabi ko na sa kanila iyan, natatalo lang ang EAC sa last minute of the game,” shared Meneses. – John Bryan Ulanday
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