Playoff lives of the majority of the league will be revived if the NCAA overturns the victories of the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas in the Season 94 Seniors Basketball Tournament because of them fielding ineligible players in the tourney.
If found guilty, all nine of the Altas’ victories will be overturned.
First off, those losses will be a double whammy for Prince Eze as his bid to become the Most Valuable Player will come crashing down if ever.
With this, the Lyceum Pirates’ 81-83 loss last September 21 will be erased as well — giving last season’s runners-up an immaculate 15-0 record. This extends their elimination round winning streak to 33 games.
On the other hand, the Letran Knights will go up to 11-3 as they lost to the Altas, 75-78, on opening day.
Things get messy afterwards.
Fifth-running CSB Blazers will go up to fourth by virtue of Perpetual going down to 0-14. The Blazers defeated the Altas in their two elimination round encounters.
The Arellano Chiefs will climb to 5-9 as their 45-57 drubbing last September 18 will be chalked up as a win. The Chiefs stunned the Altas back in August 28, 76-72.
The San Sebastian Golden Stags, who forfeited two of their wins due to issues of their own, gets back their heartbreaking 76-78 loss in Las Pinas last August 9 for a 5-9 record as well. They meet the Altas again on Thursday, October 4.
One of the team’s that will benefit the most are the Mapua Cardinals. Mapua lost to Perpetual twice this season, 68-74 back in August 16 and 71-88 last September 28. The Cardinals will keep their playoff hopes alive with a 6-9 slate.
Technically, the EAC Generals can finally say that they won their home game last July 26. Their 74-76 overtime defeat will be listed as a 20-0 victory to climb to 5-10.
Finally, the JRU Heavy Bombers can cash in on Vergel Meneses’ vow to bring them to Bohol if they win at least four games as their 72-78 and 73-85 losses last August 14 and September 25 respectively will result to triumphs and lift their record to 4-11. However, they are still not in contention for a Final Four/Stepladder spot.
Unaffected are the defending champions San Beda Red Lions, who defeated Perpetual on opening day 67-65. They face off again on Tuesday, October 23.
Possible standings if Perpetual is proven guilty
LPU – 15-0
SBU – 13-1
CSJL – 11-3
CSB – 8-6
MU – 6-9
SSC-R – 5-9
AU – 5-9
EAC – 5-10
JRU – 4-11
UPHSD – 0-14
It will be a risk for Perpetual if it decides to play Edgar Charcos, Kim Aurin, Rey Peralta, and Kyt Jimenez on Thursday when they face San Sebastian as the investigation is still on-going.
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