University of Perpetual Help CEO and president Antonio Tamayo yesterday said the NCAA Management Committee made a mistake in pushing through with the Perpetual-College of St. Benilde game last week despite knowledge that the Altas had worn the wrong set of uniforms.
“They were wrong to allow our team to play and penalized 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 added the NCAA should have allowed league commissioner Bai Cristobal to make the decision, believing that “they should not forfeit the game under the process unless undertaken by the commissioner.”
Tamayo admitted their mistake with the uniform, where the players wore their dark jerseys instead of the prescribed white, but said the game should have been forfeited right away.
The game was delayed for 40 minutes before the NCAA pushed through with the match, with Perpetual winning over St. Benilde, 69-65. A few hours later, the NCAA forfeited the game.
Perpetual filed a counter-protest to overturn the forfeiture.
At presstime, the Management Committee chaired by Fr. Glyn Ortega OAR of host San Sebastian was holding an emergency meeting regarding the matter.