San Sebastian College forfeited 2 of its victories after the NCAA ruled with finality regarding RK Ilagan's participation in a commercial league.
Ilagan, one of the Stags' top guns, was probed for playing in a tournament in Quezon City in late June.
NCAA management committee chairman Frank Gusi, of host Perpetual Help, said San Sebastian board representative Fr. Glyn Ortega withdrew the school's appeal and acted in good faith by suspending Ilagan for 3 games.
Based on league rules, a player is not allowed to play in any other league during the NCAA season without permission from the school.
Ilagan averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in the Stags' first five games.
But the forfeiture meant the Stags’ slide from a 3-6 record to 1-8. San Sebastian dropped from seventh to last place.
San Sebastian’s only win, which came at the expense of Mapua, remained since Ilagan was already serving the suspension during that game.
College of St. Benilde and Jose Rizal, which both lost to SSC, benefitted from the decision improving to 4-3 and 1-6, respectively.
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