MANILA, Philippines — Ruled ineligible by the UAAP board, Jozhua General returned to action for the University of the Philippines Integrated School after a court issued a temporary restraining order on the league’s decision to bar him from playing.
“The UAAP Board will honor the TRO and will allow Joshua General to play in UPIS’s games covered by the 20-day period,” a statement by UAAP treasurer Malou Isip sent to Rappler said Saturday, August 17.
Sports news site Spin.ph reported in July that General has been deemed ineligible after exceeding the 5-season window for high school players to use up their eligibility in the juniors division.
As a result, the board decision forfeited the Junior Maroons’ first win of the season.
But General’s parents were able to secure a TRO on Friday, August 16, paving the way for General to suit up against University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.
The big man made just one of 11 shot attempts but collared 10 rebounds as UPIS downed the Tiger Cubs, 73-71.
Isip said the board will have General’s case in its agenda when they convene for their regular meeting on Thursday, August 22.
With the issuance of the TRO, General will be able to play for the Junior Maroons at least in their next 5 games against Far Eastern University, University of the East, De La Salle Zobel and Ateneo de Manila University. – Rappler.com
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