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MANILA, Philippines – Mapua is now winless in the ongoing NCAA Season 98 men’s basketball tournament after the league rescinded its opening day win over the San Beda Red Lions due to the Cardinals fielding an ineligible player, Gab Gamboa, who is reportedly also enrolled in another school.
The NCAA management committee and commissioner Tonichi Pujante have also slapped a lifetime ban on the rookie Gamboa in addition to the one-win penalty for his team.
With the forfeiture now in effect, Mapua is now 0-6 for the season – bottoming out with the 0-5 Emilio Aguinaldo College – while San Beda rises to 4-1 in second place, tied with Lyceum and below the 5-1 College of St. Benilde.
Gamboa played his first and what would be his last-ever game in the NCAA last September 10, when he tallied 2 points and 1 assist in 7 minutes off the bench to help Mapua clinch a 66-55 win over San Beda.
Just a few months ago, Gamboa suited up for St. Clare College in the PBA D-League.
The Cardinals now restart their search for a breakthrough win on Sunday October 2, 12 pm, against the Arellano Chiefs at the FilOil EcoOil Centre. – Rappler.com