MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The National University Bulldogs have placed under protest their controversial loss to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in their second-round meeting of the UAAP Season 75 men's basketball tournament on Sunday.
In what was one of the most thrilling games of the season, FEU's RR Garcia converted the game-winning lay-up at the buzzer as the Tamaraws edged the Bulldogs 77-75.
But the Bulldogs argued that the ball was still in Garcia's fingertips when the game clock expired.
After the game on Sunday, the Bulldogs signed the official scoresheet, signifying their intention to file a protest.
NU Athletic Director Junel Baculi confirmed in a text message to ABS-CBNnews.com that they have filed a letter of protest addressed to UAAP Commissioner Ato Badolato.
The league is set to decide on NU's protest in the coming days.
It took a lengthy review before the officials declared that Garcia’s shot had counted, sending the FEU crowd into a frenzy.
Garcia finished the game with 10 points and nine assists. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs' Bobby Ray Parks finished with 26 points, including two free throws that tied the contest before Garcia’s miracle shot.
The Tamaraws improved their record to 8-3, tying with the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers for the second best record in the UAAP, behind defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs dropped to 6-5. They are half a game behind the De La Salle Green Archers for the last Final Four slot. – Report from ANC.