The Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association dismissed during a Board meeting yesterday, the protest filed against defending champion University of St. La Salle-Integrated School elementary basketball team.
A protest letter from St. John’s Institute, also signed by Bacolod Tay Tung High School and Trinity Christian School, asked the NOPSSCEA to act on USLS-IS violation of the 15-man maximum lineup when it fielded 16 players during the game against St. Benilde School and 18 players against Jack & Jill School.
Committee on Sports acting chairman Rev. Edwin Madlangbayan confirmed that the protest was dismissed, but requested that the details be held off until all the schools involved are properly informed.
He said a meeting with tournament manager Bobby Tee and the coaches will be held today to present the decision of the Board.
After the quarterfinals, USLS-IS topped its bracket with BTTHS at No. 2 while SJI and TCS secured the 1-2 seats in the other bracket. For the cross over semifinals, La Salle will face Trinity while it will be a showdown between St. John’s and Tay Tung in the other match-up.
The USLS-IS elementary basketball team is gunning for its fourth straight elementary basketball title and is scheduled to leave for Manila on Friday to represent the Visayas in the Nov. 23-24 national finals of the Milo SBP tournament in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Meanwhile, SJI basketball team spokesperson Dexter Dy yesterday said they are inclined to accept the NOPSSCEA Board decision citing the loopholes in the high school and elementary basketball ground rules.
Dy cited that while Article I on ground rules states that “Each team shall at least compose of a maximum of 15 members. All to play and replacement is allowed provided should be done before the teams’ first game (sic)...”, it is not clear under Article VI on what sanctions should be imposed against a team that violates the rule on team composition.
If the NOPSSCEA is allowing USLS-IS to continue playing in the semifinals against Trinity, Dy said the Committee on Sports should compel La Salle to use the 15-man lineup it fielded during their first game against St. Scholastica’s Academy.
Meanwhile, competition in high school) basketball resumes today at SJI Activity Center with Trinity Christian School facing Mansilingan Christian Academy at 5:30 p.m. followed by the game between St. Benilde School and USLS-IS at 7 p.m.
Tomorrow, the SJI Blue Falcons will play against Tay Tung Juniors squad at 5:30 p.m. followed by the match-up between the UNO-R Junior Rams and the WNU Junior Mustangs at 7 p.m.
On Friday, game one in the best-of-three series of men’s basketball between USLS Stingers and UNO-R Rams will be played, 5 p.m. at the La Salle Coliseum and game two on Saturday at the UNO-R Gym.
If necessary, the Stingers will host game three, 5 p.m., at the Coliseum.*NAB
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