San Beda may forfeit games over illegal league claims

Rappler.com
The 4-peat campaign of the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA could hit a major road bump

FORFEIT? San Beda Red Lion guard Ryusei Koga is facing allegations of playing in another league while NCAA is ongoing. Photo from Koga's Facebook account

MANILA, Philippines – The 4-peat campaign of National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) defending champion San Beda has hit a bump after allegations surfaced that one of its players played outside the league this season.

The Red Lions are leading this season, with 15 wins in 18 games, and have earned a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.

This could change, however, if claims are proven true that guard Ryusei Koga played in another league as the NCAA season is on.

According to the league’s rulebook, San Beda’s games where Koga played in could be forfeited. The sophomore guard – who could also be slapped with a 3-game suspension – played in all but one of the Red Lions’ games in Season 89.

Sports website Spin.ph reported that other teams have a video clip of a September 17 game outside of NCAA to prove the allegations against Koga. They are said to be ready to bring the case to the NCAA’s management committee.

If Koga is proven guilty, San Beda will be forfeited of their 4 wins since September 17, and will drop to 11-7 in a log-jam for second place with the San Sebastian Stags and the Perpetual Help Altas. Letran, 14-4 after the elimination round, will take the number one spot. – Rappler.com

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