While I was enjoying my delicious dinner, I chanced upon this article in


By Tony L. Atayde

“…On the NCAA front, it seems that San Beda’s victory over College of Saint Benilde is under question because Sam Ekwe was not wearing the right uniform.

Under NCAA rules, a player who is not in proper uniform, will be penalized by forfeiture of the game. There are already a number of precedents to this rule that a player’s team had to forfeit the game.

How could the coaching staff not have noticed this? How could Ekwe not been aware that he was not wearing the wrong uniform? Well, rules are rules. Let’s see how the NCAA handles this.”

I just completely lost my appetite. Seriously, this is the lowest of the low. Even an attempt to turn around a fairly played out game due to mere technicality is downright preposterous. *^()^%&$&$#(^#&*^ (invectives redacted)

Yes, apparently, it is in the famed NCAA rulebook. From where I sat (that is, right in front of my laptop, almost cross-eyed over my blurred yet live broadcast on skype), Ekwe was wearing a white San Beda jersey, with his name, school and number on it. Not enough to constitute a uniform?

Questions now arise, was the infraction found in the beginning, middle or end of the game? If throughout gametime, he should’ve been warned, or worse, prevented from continuing to play.. Did officials purposely wait till the game officially ended to bring up the issue? Did the referees notice? If they did, why was there no action all through out the game? Did the team management know about this? What was done?

But then, why??? oh… why?? would you erase a game, after the fact, because of a jersey?

Quoting the article above, the rule states a player who is not in proper uniform, will be penalized by forfeiture of the game.

We then come to the argument, when is a uniform proper? In applying this rule, does the NCAA have ancillary guidelines here? If not, they will have to consult the FIBA Official Basketball Rules which you can find here.  As you read it, the Rules lay down the various prescriptions of proper uniform in FIBA basketball competitions. They can construe the term “proper” using these Rules.

According to Inboundpass, there has been no formal protest filed, as of yet. Maybe all this blabbering will come to naught. But for me, it doesn’t really matter now, coz the thought of even protesting such a technicality haunts me..TO THE CORE…

These small details should not overrule the fact that a ball game has been played out, fair and square. A minor rule cannot just erase such a ballgame. All forty minutes of it.. Rules are laid down to be followed. But what are rules for, really? Rules are made to maintain order. But these rules, especially those which are not clear, will always be subject to interpretation. Then this drags us into a rowdy debate… This is where those misters know-it-all weave their magic. But do we really need this kind of scenario inside the hardcourt? These are some of the gazillion reasons why rules should not, and must not, dictate the outcome of a ballgame. If we allow this, basketball will never be about where the ball bounces. Then, THAT is a travesty.

Didn’t we all love sports coz in here, there are only two sides of a coin. In basketball, the ball goes in, or out… Your team wins… or loses… But has it really come to this? That in basketball competition, rule books will now need to resort to legal interpretation? That these rules are enough to make played out ballgames disappear, just like that? That it’s all about ID’s and uniforms now? How about just basketball, plain and simple?? Isn’t that supposed to be the star of this show?

Then, maybe times have changed. This just shows the sad… sad… sad… state of affairs that Philippine college basketball is in now.

Call me sentimental, call me diehard, call me biased…But I know if you’re a basketball fan, you would be sad too…

It’s just low… Too low… I’m too disgusted, all I can let out is a sigh…



  1. Ed Santos says:

    If we are going to follow the rules to the letter, then we will have to void all games played in Araneta and Phil Sports. Section 2.2 of the FIBA rule book clearly states that all lines should be painted in white. The amateur three point lines in both venues are painted in blue.

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