THE Management Committee of the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has decided to defer its decision on the case of San Beda College (SBC) player Ryusei Koga to allow the teams competing in the semifinals to play without distractions.
A press statement signed by Mancom head Dax Castellano of host College of Saint Benilde reads, “The NCAA has looked into reports alleging that a player from San Beda College and a player from Lyceum of the Philippines University played in another league while the NCAA season was ongoing. To allow the teams to focus on the impending semifinals and finals, the NCAA has decided to defer the ongoing investigation into players Ryusei Koga of SBC and Jeremiah Taladua of Lyceum without prejudice to its reopening should new evidence surface in the future.”
Four-peat seeking Red Lions (15-3) face University of Perpetual Help Altas (11-8) at 2:30 p.m. while second seed Letran (14-4) takes on no. 3 team San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags (12-7) at 12:30 p.m. Both San Beda and Letran are carrying twice-to-beat incentives for finishing no. 1 and no. 2 respectively in the eliminations.
“It’s gonna be tough for us against UPHSD Altas. Even if we won our two games against them in the eliminations, but those were tough games, which were decided only in the crucial stretch. We were even almost beaten by Perpetual Help during our second meeting. UPHSD is a very talented team, they have a lot of scorers especially Nigerian Nossa Omorogb,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez referring to their 72-65 win over the Altas in the first round on July 27, and their 78-76 victory in the second round on September 26.
San Sebastian Stags, on the other hand, are seeking vengeance against Letran that eliminated them in the semifinals last year.