Manila, Philippines -- The San Beda Red Lions, the current top-seeded team in the NCAA Season 89 Men's Basketball is undergoing a series of investigation after a shocking news broke out saying that their half-Japanese, half-Filipino player, Ryusei Koga was allegedly spotted playing in a league outside the NCAA a.k.a. "Ligang Labas."
First heard in the PBA Ranks wherein two pro-ballers got caught playing in a league outside the PBA, the "Ligang Labas" concept brought a lot problems not only to the two players involved but also to the team that they play for.
Just the same, if proven guilty, Ryusei Koga's exploits outside the NCAA Ranks might cause San Beda to lose their Twice-To-Beat advantage in the NCAA Season 89 Final 4 which is scheduled to start on November 7.
There were sources privy to the on going conversation regarding the issue said that they saw Koga play in a league outside the NCAA which is a clear violation of a long standing NCAA Rule that prevents players from playing in other leagues while the NCAA is on going.
3-game suspension + forfeiture of all the Wins wherein Koga participated starting from the moment that he was seen playing in the "Ligang Labas" are some of the projected effects of the Koga issue.
If it's true that he played in the so called "Ligang Lbas," Letran, and either San Sebastian or Perpetual will be 1st and 2nd teams respectively in the Final 4/Semis seeding. The Red Lions meanwhile will be reduced to the 4th and last spot of the Final 4.
The NCAA MANCOM has yet to release an official statement regarding the issue. Let's wait and see how this thing goes in the next few days.