Jose Rizal University bagged a 114-112 epic double-overtime over Arellano University, but the overall result is still on hot water as the Arellano Chiefs management filed a protest against the “strange” aftermath in the NCAA Season 91 Men’s Basketball Division on Thursday, at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan.
The Arellano University representative to the NCAA management committee filed a complaint against the wrong calls of the referees during the endgame minutes, one of which was a two-point basket by JRU’s Teytey Teodoro, which was mistakenly labeled by the referees as a three-pointer.
Teodoro’s supposed triple, but was just a long range jumper, pushed the Heavy Bombers ahead at 113-109 inside the final seconds of the second overtime.
But Jiovani Jalalon answered back with another trey that put Arellano to 113-112 with 6 seconds left and drew a foul over Gio Lasquety which halted the clock at 1.2 seconds.
While the short pause is on after the foul call on Jalalon, a video review of Teodoro’s supposed triple was played, and it was shown that his foot was inside the three-point arc as he sent the ball to the basket.
The referees corrected the mistake, but the foul inflicted to Lasquety was not lifted and the Heavy Bomber shot the game-winning freebies to end the controversial match.
Setting the protest-marred discussion aside, Paolo Pontejos dished 32 points for the JRU Heavy Bombers, who improved their record to 6-4.
The Heavy Bombers share a two-way tie alongside the Arellano Chiefs on the fourth spot.
On the other hand, Jiovani Jalalon delivered 36 points and 16 assists for the Arellano Chiefs.
JRU Heavy Bombers (114) — Pontejos 32, Poutouochi 21, Teodoro 16, Dela Paz 10, Astilla 10, Cruz 9, Lasquety 8, Dela Virgen 3, Sanchez 2, Grospe 2, Abdulwahab 1, Estrella 0.
Arellano Chiefs (112) – Jalalon 36, Holts 21, Nicholls 20, Enriquez 10, Bangga 9, Cadavis 6, Meca 5, Salado 3, Ortega 2, Gumaru 0, Capara 0.