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NCAA rejects Letran's appeal on Fran Yu's ban

It's final: Fran Yu is suspended for Game 3. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The NCAA management committee has upheld the one-game suspension slapped on Letran's Fran Yu as part of his penalties for a disqualifying foul in Game 2 of the league's men's basketball finals.

In a statement on Tuesday night, the ManCom denied the Knights' appeal to have Yu's ban overturned, which would mean he will still not play in Game 3 of the championship series against the CSB Blazers next Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

The ManCom cited two reasons behind the justification of the ban, saying, "There was no new evidence presented by CSJL as required by the NCAA rules to lift the suspension, and CSJL did not contest the judgment call of the game officials."

Yu hit Mark Sangco with an elbow to the head while going for the rebound in the second quarter of their game on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The elbow hit was ruled as a disqualifying foul, ejecting him from the game, and league rules say that an ejection will automatically be penalized too with a one-game suspension.

With the suspension upheld, Yu's colorful amateur career from Chiang Kai Shek's superstar in the juniors ranks to Letran's main man in the seniors has come to an end.

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