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Tamaraws protest crucial game against Blue Eagles

The FEU Tamaraws put their game against the Ateneo Blue Eagles last Saturday under protest for what they thought was an officiating error.

According to the protest letter submitted to the office of the UAAP Commissioner Andy Jao, Tamaraws coach Nash Racela took into concern the late ruling of Von Pessumal's late jumpshot as a three-pointer.

The referees initially ruled Pessumal's jumper as a two-pointer to cut FEU's lead to eight, 57-49, but three minutes later, when the scoreline read 58-56, the shot was ruled as a triple and FEU's lead became one, 58-57.

The late score adjustment became vital as after a split from the line by Mike Tolomia, Kiefer Ravena made two free throws to force overtime, where Ateneo completed a comeback from 19 down to beat FEU.

According to Racela, the said late review was a violation of Rule 4 of the video replay rules which states that the review about a player's perimeter jumper can be review only during the first deadball situation after the shot was made.

Five deadball situations took place before the referees finally looked at Pessumal's shot and counted it as a trey.

Racela also cited Rule 5, which says that if in case a ruling on whether a player's outside shot is deemed inconclusive as to whether it is a two-pointer or a three-pointer, the original call shall stick.

Jao is expected to come up with a decision by tomorrow.

Here is a copy of the said protest letter.
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