MANILA, Philippines – Controversial guard Ryusei Koga will not be seeing action for the top-seeded San Beda Red Lions as they take on the Perpetual Help Altas in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament.
Koga had allegedly played in a “ligang labas” while the NCAA tournament was ongoing -- a violation of league rules. For a time, the Red Lions’ standing as the No. 1 seed was in peril as they would have had to forfeit four games if the allegations were proven.
The NCAA Management Committee, however, decided to defer the investigation in order to allow the teams to focus on the Final Four and the Finals of what has been an extra-long tournament for the collegiate league.
Still, San Beda is not taking any chances and decided to sit out Koga.
“In view of the decision of the NCAA to defer its investigation and the alleged violation of league rules by its player Ryusei Koga, and while such deferment is pending, San Beda College has decided not to play Mr. Koga in the Final Four,” San Beda team manager Jude Roque said in an InboundPass report.
The Red Lions nabbed the top seed in the Final Four with a 15-3 record at the end of the elimination round. Had the allegations against Koga been proven, however, they would have dropped to the fourth seed.