The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has stopped University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) board from banning junior player Jozhua General from playing for the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS).
The court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Friday ordering the collegiate league to lift the ban on General and the forfeiture of UPIS’ lone win.
General’s parents had sought the TRO from the court. The UAAP board has 20 days to contest the TRO.
The UAAP board declared General ineligible to play this UAAP season, saying he has been a high school player since 2008. General starting playing for a team in Naga when he was Grade Six.
A high schooler can only play in the UAAP for a maximum of five years.
But UPIS claimed that 2010 should be General’s starting point of eligibilty when he graduated from Lourdes High in Mandaluyong.
The UAAP board also forfeited UPIS’ lone victory this season against host Adamson.
On Saturday, General suited up in UPIS’s second win over University of Santo Tomas, 73-71. He only scored two points but grabbed 10 rebounds.
UAAP board secretary-general Malou Isip said the league will honor the TRO and the board will discuss it on Wednesday during its regular meeting.
JOSEF T. RAMOS