Far Eastern U athletic director Mark Molina on Monday formally made an appeal to UAAP basketball commissioner Rebo Saguisag to review the disqualifying foul assessed on Tamaraws wingman Ron Dennison in the course of their 51-49 win over University of the Philippines last Sunday.
In an SMS message to FOX Sports, Molina believes referee Karl Mercines “made a mistake” in slapping a disqualifying foul on Dennison, who apparently hit Fighting Maroons counterpart Paul Desiderio’s groin with a closed fist at the 2:48 mark of the fourth canto, with the Tamaraws ahead 47-45.
Replays from the Smart-Araneta Coliseum’s big screen, however, showed Dennison extended his right hand onthe body of Desiderio, who suddenly fell down, wincing in pain.
“We feel referee Mercines made a mistake in calling a DQ foul so we are asking Comm to review it,” said Molina.
In an earlier interview, Dennison, who was tossed out in the process, insisted that he didn’t make any act that will hurt Desiderio, his former high school teammate at the University of Visayas.
However, Desiderio claimed he was really hit by Dennison.
If FEU’s appeal will be granted, Dennison won’t face a one-game suspension and is expected to suit on Saturday when the Tamaraws take on host University of Santo Tomas in rematch of last year’s finalists at the Mall of Asia Arena. – Jerome Lagunzad
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