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Jao upholds Ateneo win

By: - Reporter / @jwpayoINQ
/ 03:35 AM September 17, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — UAAP commissioner Andy Jao dismissed Far Eastern University’s protest Tuesday, noting that no technical rule was violated in the Tamaraws’ overtime loss to Ateneo, 64-68, in the men’s basketball tournament.

“We never deviated from the rules of the game or even from the UAAP rules,” said Jao.

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Thus, the game result stays and the Blue Eagles will head into the Final Four as the No. 1 seed versus the winner of the playoff between University of the East and National University.

The Tamaraws, meanwhile, will have to go through a playoff for the No. 2 spot against La Salle, before the two teams square off again in the semifinals.

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FEU coach Nash Racela filed a protest on Monday questioning the timing of the correction of Von Pessumal’s shot.

The basket, deemed as a two-pointer at the 3:20 mark, was later corrected to a three-pointer with 27 seconds left in regulation.

Racela said the correction “should have been done in the first dead-ball opportunity” and that it determined the game’s outcome.
But Jao reasoned that game officials have three instances to make a correction.

“The premise that it should be corrected on the first dead-ball opportunity is not the only instance when an error can be corrected,” said Jao, noting that corrections can also be made during a timeout or before the quarter ends.

Jao said the referee indicated that Pessumal’s shot was a triple, but unfortunately, the “scorer missed making the proper score.”

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