The NCAA management committee has denied Perpetual Help’s protest over its 74-71 loss to Mapua last Sunday.
The Altas were requesting for a rematch, arguing that Nigerian forward should not have been called for a disqualifying foul, which led to his ejection in the first quarter. Perpetual Help wanted the call to be downgraded to a regular foul so Babayemi would not be suspended for its next game. The team also wanted a new set of referees to handle the re-play it requested.
But the NCAA denied all those pleas on the recommendation of commissioner Joe Lipa.
“It’s a ground rule already in the NCAA that if there is an elbow above the shoulder, automatic na one game suspension,” said Lipa
Perpetual Help also contested several calls during the game. technical committee member Romy Guevarra took time to answer the complaint.
“Sa pi-no-point out ng Perpetual na hinila ang shirt ni [Jett] Vidal, at dapat daw unsportsmanlike foul ang itinawag, kita sa video na nauna ang holding foul bago nahila ang shirt.”
Referee Meynard Ballecer, who called the said foul, showed InterAKTV the part of the said video where the holding foul was called.
Mancom chairman Fr. Vic Calvo Jr. of Letran signed the copy of the decision alon with Efren Jose Y. Supan of Jose Rizal University, Nizarildo M. De Leon of College of Saint Benilde, and Jose Mari Lacson of San Beda College.
Babayemi is automatically suspended for Perpetual’s next game on Tuesday at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone Gym against the Lyceum Pirates.