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Eligibility twist creates playoff scare

UFV’s men’s basketball team has been forced to forfeit two wins because of an ineligible player (according to CIS regulations). The two wins occurred on Feb 1 against the UBC-O Heat, and Feb 8 against the TRU Wolfpack, meaning that the player in question was ineligible for a period including the two consecutive weekends.

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By Paul Esau (The Cascade) – Email

Print Edition: February 20, 2013

UFV’s men’s basketball team has been forced to forfeit two wins because of an ineligible player (according to CIS regulations). The two wins occurred on Feb 1 against the UBC-O Heat, and Feb 8 against the TRU Wolfpack, meaning that the player in question was ineligible for a period including the two consecutive weekends.

UFV’s record on the season falls to 10-12, good for fourth place in the Pacific Conference. With the two wins the Cascades would have been tied with TWU’s 12-10 record, but Trinity would still have carried third place in the conference with the tiebreaker.

The player in question has since regained his eligibility and will be available this weekend to play in the Cascades weekend series against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

“I think this was just a complete accident,” said head coach Adam Friesen. “There’s everything’s in place to make sure this doesn’t happen. This was just a bizarre situation that [we] couldn’t really plan for.”

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