Far Eastern University’s response to UAAP Basketball Commissioner Andy Jao’s decision on FEU protest

September 17, 2014

Mrs. Carmelita G. Mateo
UAAP President
Season 77

Dear Pres. Mateo,

We acknowledge receipt of Comm. Andy Jao’s letter dated Sept. 16, 2014 denying FEU’s protest of last Saturday’s FEU-ADMU game. Comm. Jao based his decision on his declaration that Von Pessumal’s shot (3:20) was a 3-pter.

However, certain issues remain unanswered:

1.       The letter states that “When the shot went in, the trail Referee, Maynard Ballecer, raised his two hands confirming the 3 points conversion.”  In the attached video of the shot Maynard Ballecer does not raise his two hands.  Who said he raised his two hands?  If he did raise his two hands, why didn’t the scorer see him?  Ballecer was near the half court line and there was no obstruction between him and the scorer.

2.       If Jojo Villa and other members of the Technical Committee immediately knew that it was a three point shot, then the lack of sense of urgency to make the correction is inexcusable.  It would have taken less than 30 seconds for a member of the Technical Committee to go to the scorer’s table and have the buzzer pressed on the first dead ball opportunity.  Letting 3 minutes of game time (or more than 10 minutes of actual time) pass before correcting an error should not happen in a league with the magnitude and stature of the UAAP.

3.       We seek the UAAP Board’s interpretation of the video replay rule which states “determining whether a shot is a 2 or 3 points will be allowed by reviewing the tapes at the First Dead Ball Opportunity, timeout and before the end of the period concerned.”  We stress the fact that the rule says “AND” and not “OR”.  If the rule means you can review before the end of the period then why was the phrase. “FIRST DEAD BALL OPPORTUNITY” added to the rule?  The Board’s guidance regarding the interpretation is very important for future games.

Nevertheless, FEU accepts Comm. Jao’s decision.  We are ready to face DLSU at MOA on Sunday.

May we request your office to include this matter for discussion/deliberation during our next Board Meeting.

Very truly yours,

Mark Oliver P. Molina                        
FEU Athletics Director                      
Noted by:
Jocelyn De Leon
UAAP Board Member
cc: Comm. Andrew H. Jao
All UAAP Board Members
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Coach Nash Racela blames own absence in FEU’s loss to UE

DSC_0044The Far Eastern University welcomed head coach Nash Racela with a blowout loss on Sunday, bowing 71-94 to the University of the East in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Racela arrived on Saturday afternoon from his coaching staff duties to the Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup in Seville Spain, leaving his team for 10 days. The Tamaraws won against cellar-dwellers University of the Philippines and Adamson University in the coach’s absence, but saw themselves flattened in Racela’s return.

“I told the players that they just charge the loss to me. I think that’s a result of leaving them for 10 days,” Racela said.

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Achie Inigo dialed in five triples to lead the Tams past the resilient Adamson Soaring Falcons.

Achie Iñigo dialed in five triples to lead the Tams past the resilient Adamson Soaring Falcons.

It was nowhere as close as the earlier game but the Far Eastern University Tamaraws also had to endure nervous moments against the still winless Adamson University Falcons, 88-73, to remain at the top of the UAAP standings.
After allowing the Falcons to grab an early double-digit lead, the Tamaraws settled down in the second and third quarter before finally exploding for 28 points in the fourth.

At 10-2, the Tamaraws officially qualified for the Final Four and they are now the favorites to hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the knockout stage.

Alejandro Inigo led FEU with 18 points in the game. Like in their win against the UP Fighting Maroons, he also banked in a triple at a crucial moment in the game to help the Tamaraws get the win.

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But his new backcourt partner, Achie Iñigo, is relishing his role away from the limelight while getting the job done for the Tamaraws.

The 5-foot-9 Iñigo made this known on Saturday afternoon when he delivered big buckets down the stretch, including the go-ahead triple, to help FEU dodge feisty University of the Philippines 75-69 and move a step closer towards clinching a Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

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Mike Tolomia helped Far Eastern University thwart off a De La Salle University surge late in the fourth quarter for a 74-70 victory on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena that gave the Tamaraws the solo lead in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament.

With the win, the Tamaraws climbed to the top of the standings with an 8-2 card, while the Archers fell to second in a tie with Ateneo de Manila University and National University at 7-3.

Tolomia scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Tamaraws, while Mac Belo and Achie Inigo finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

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Toting the same slate as defending champion De La Salle University and National University, FEU was lodged at second place because of its superior quotient.
Although the Tamaraws were able to get the triumph, Racela expressed dissatisfaction following a more competitive than expected matchup with the winless Soaring Falcons.

Coming off a rousing conquest of contender National U, FEU appeared to take its foot off the pedal against the worst team in the league.

“With the way we played today, I think I have a very big problem as a coach. ‘Di ko alam, medyo lost ako. Naiinis ako sa mga players,” said a sullen Racela. The season-long issue of inconsistency has seemed to have alarmed the usually cool and playful FEU mentor.

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Mike Tolomia packed his stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists while Mac Belo tallied nine.

Three triples from Carl Cruz helped FEU establish an early lead in the first quarter. Gelo Alolino and Glenn Khobuntin kept the Bulldogs within striking distance, but a 7-0 run late in the period had the Tamaraws enjoying a 21-16 lead after one.

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Ravena, who also dished out seven assists, bounced back from a sub-par outing in a 60-64 loss to National University two Saturdays ago – coming through down the stretch for the Blue Eagles, who improved to 4-1 just half a game behind the league-leading Bulldogs.

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Ron Dennison scored seven points off the bench to highlight FEU’s balanced attack against the UP Fighting Maroons.

MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University took its frustrations out on a listless University of the Philippines side for an 85-71 win in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws, coming off a sorry 67-69 loss to University of Santo Tomas exactly a week ago, used a 31-7 blast bridging the middle quarters to put the game away.

“We treated this game as a very important one especially coming off a loss. The previous loss gave us a lot of lessons and that’s what we worked on the last couple of days,” said FEU head coach Nash Racela.

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887313_904634432885956_3403286065021124697_oWith floaters, step-back jumpers and clutch three-point shots, Mike Tolomia led the FEU Tamaraws to an Opening Day win against the UAAP defending champion DLSU Green Archers yesterday, 82-77, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tolomia exploded for 20 points in the second half with 13 coming in the fourth quarter. Mac Belo and the returning-Russel Escoto ably supported with 20 and 13 points respectively.

FEU 82: Tolomia 23, Belo 20, Escoto 13, Cruz 11, Pogoy 6, Inigo 4, Jose 3, Hargrove 2
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