The Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural, Educational Association passed a resolution yesterday declaring that the championship games for college men basketball between University of St. La Salle and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos will go on.
This is aimed to dispel speculations that USLS will be declared as champion without playing the championship.
The Board also appointed Rev. Edwin Madlangbayan, executive director of Evangelical Christian Montessori, to oversee the Sports Committee after the resignation of Anthony Carlo Agustin of West Negros University.
Madlangbayan is expected to convene an ad hoc committee to determine the schedule of the best-of-three series.
The NOPSSCEA Board clarified in a resolution that the league is not declaring USLS as champion nor is it disqualifying the UNO-R team and having its coach and one of its players suspended as recommended by the Sports Committee, then headed by Agustin.
A statement from the NOPSSCEA Board said there was no written recommendation to the Board but a request for it to look into the matter.
The statement added that, after a thorough discussion, the Board decided to pass a resolution and declare the continuation of the USLS vs. UNO-R championship games.
The Board also requested the UNO-R Administration to look into the complaint of alleged falsification of documents by the player and the possible collusion of the UNO-R coach, as circulated in the media.
While the NOPSSCEA statement did not identify the complainant, Agustin said in a press conference yesterday, that it was the Screening Committee composed of representatives from six schools, who submitted to him the recommendation to examine and evaluate the credentials of the player in question.
Screening committee chairman Vivica Ramos, table tennis coach of USLS, confirmed to the DAILY STAR having submitted to Agustin their findings on the credentials of the player.
She said no official protest was lodged against UNO-R, nor its coach and player, but as members of the Screening Committee they had to submit their findings to the Board for deliberation.
Ramos said there was no recommendation from the Committee to impose sanctions, such as suspension of the coach and the player, as they do not have the power to do so.
Ramos said the letter she submitted was brief and concise and asked the NOPSSCEA Board to examine and evaluate the credentials of the player after noting the discrepancy in the papers submitted to them.
She added that before the credentials of athletes are submitted for screening, the schools should have known already if the documents in their possession are valid or not.
Meanwhile, UNO-R coach Rolando Aledron said he is not privy to the credentials of his players since his role and responsibilities are confined to basketball matters.
Aledron steered the Rams to the NOPSSCEA finals in his two years as coach. He said he was hired by the school to coach the basketball team and he does not meddle in the credentials of the players.
With the decision of the NOPSSCEA Board to continue the championship game between the Rams and the Stingers, Aledron said they are now focused on how to win the series.
While the Rams have yet to score a win against the Stingers, this year, Aledron said his players are training hard and he told them not to let the controversy affect their play.
“My players are committed to give their best in the series. We are ready to face the Stingers once the schedule is finalized,” Aledron said.*NAB
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