Warriors cry foul

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Monday, August 4, 2014


JASPER Parker slipped past the defense of Shooster Olago to sink the winning basket, lifting Southwestern University Cobras to a spine-tingling 69-67 win over the University of San Carlos Warriors in the main game of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament last Sunday.

The Warriors, however, placed the game under protest because of American Bendly Valdor, a late replacement for Cameroonian Justin Aboude who was diagnosed to have heart problems.

However, Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy Jr., said he gave Valdor the go signal to play.

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“He (Valdor) is allowed to play. I sent (USC) president (Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD) and Athletic Director (Fr. Adriano Ocariza, SVD) a letter of my decision allowing him (Valdor) to play,” Tiukinhoy said in a text message to Sun.Star Cebu.

Fr. Ocariza confirmed he received the letter dated Aug. 1, a day before the opening of the new season.

“I received the e-mail dated Aug. 1, telling us that Valdor was given go-signal to play. But our contention is that, his addition came beyond the deadline for submission of the final line-up. There lay the irregularity. It should have been elevated to the board before it was approved,” Ocariza told Sun.Star Cebu.

USC said that in 2010 Season, the Warriors played with only nine players since they were not allowed to add more players beyond the deadline.

The Warriors will take the matters to the board of trustees of Cesafi and are hoping their loss to the Cobras will be reversed and Valdor will be disqualified to play.

“Well, it is up to them (USC). I am still waiting for their protest letter,” said Tiukinhoy.

“If we will just let it go, it might become a precedent for the years to come. If this practice would be allowed, it should be resolved by the board,” explained Fr. Ocariza.

SWU displayed better end game poise than the Warriors who let the game slipped from their hands.

USC took control of the game most of the time and was still leading when they committed several crucial mistakes that led to their defeat.

The Warriors was still enjoying a 67-65 lead in the final 1:42, following Olago’s three point play when USC wasted the opportunity to win with crucial turnovers, the last one was an offensive foul slapped on Ian Ortega against Mark Jayven Tallo in the final 14.7 seconds of the game that led to Parker’s heroics.

Seventeen seconds earlier, Landry Sanjo evened the game at 67-all after scoring on a putback.

Sanjo scored the game high 25 points, Tallo, the league’s reigning MVP, added 20 points. Olago led USC scorers with 17 points, Espoir Toyambi added 16 and Victor Rabat finished with 12 points.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 05, 2014.

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