PCU AND THE NCAA DUPLICATE THE RIVERA RULE

Taking after the Rivera Rule in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), Philippine Christian University (PCU) has convinced the NCAA Management Committee (ManCom) to prohibit its athletes from participating in Season 83 of the NCAA this year.

Most affected by this pronouncement is NCAA Junior Basketball MVP Elvin “Jake” Pascual, who was slated to join the San Beda Red Lions in its title defense bid, set to commence on 23 June 2007. The NCAA ManCom, through the initiative of PCU officials, agreed to bench all athletes from PCU who intend to transfer to other NCAA schools, including Pascual. As a result, Pascual shall be relegated to redshirt for the Red Lions in the meantime, and shall be eligible to play in Season 84.

Another interesting sidelight is that Pascual could avoid this situation had he decided to join a UAAP team. If this were the case, he could immediately suit up for such team, being a high school graduate from a non-UAAP school. However, he didn’t consider this as an option. Insiders say that he felt right at home in the Lions’ Den and he expressed willingness to wait until next season for him to don the red and the white.

Because of this recent development, the NCAA lineup is without Pascual. The illustrious roster now consists of the following:

1. Yousif Aljamal
2. Antonio Jose Caram
3. Samuel Ekwe
4. John Paul Escobal
5. Rogemar Menor
6. John Carlos Hermida, Jr.
7. Riego Meinardo Gamalinda
8. Eduardo Tecson, Jr.
9. Jay-R Taganas
10. David Marcelo
11. Garvo Lanete
12. Raymond Maggay
13. Kristoffer Ryan Taupa
14. Enrico Tirona, jr.
15. Alvin Padilla

Whatever be the recipe, success in the 83rd season awaits San Beda.

GO SAN BEDA FIGHT!

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