UST protest against Ateneo turned down

Posted at Sep 18 2012 12:32 PM | Updated as of Sep 18 2012 08:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The protest filed by the UST Growling Tigers on their controversial loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles has been turned down.

UAAP Commissioner Ato Badolato said Monday that the protest was rejected because the decisions during the game were based on judgment calls.

The Tigers lost to the Eagles, 66-68, on Saturday, allowing Ateneo to clinch the No. 1 seed and a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

But the Tigers put the game under protest, citing two questionable decisions in the crucial final seconds of the game.

UST head coach Pido Jarencio said the referees should have called a technical foul on Ateneo head coach Norman Black after he confronted the referees with seven seconds to go in the ball game.

The Tigers also protested a goal-tending call against their star center Karim Abdul in the final five seconds, which allowed Ateneo to take the lead for good.

The loss to Ateneo was a big blow for the Tigers, who are aiming for a twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four. -- Mornings @ ANC, September 18, 2012