Brace for the biggest men’s collegiate basketball tournament in Davao City this year as Escandor Cup stages the Collegiate Sponsors League (CSL) which tips off on Sunday, October 13, at the Davao City Recreation Center.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Davao executive program officer and league chairman Ronel Leuterio said the hoopfest was intentionally organized to provide avenue for the collegiate teams in Davao Region as the organization believe that the road for aspiring hoopsters towards their dreams begins in pocket tournaments like this.
He also announced that the top tertiary basketball teams are up for the crown that comes with an outright slot to the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Mindanao Finals slated most likely in January in Davao City.
“The champion in this league will represent Davao Region in the Mindanao Finals enroute the National Finals that will be hosted here in Davao City in February next year,” Leuterio said.
The PCCL Regional Finals defending champion Holy Cross of Davao College will lead the bracket A composed of Agro Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines, Davao Merchant Marine Academy, University of Mindanao main, Mindanao Aeronautical Technical School, San Pedro College, Cor Jesu College of Digos City, and St. John Paul College of Davao.
Newly-crowned Davao Association of Catholic Schools collegiate men’s basketball champion Philippine Women’s College, on the other hand, will lead bracket B that includes Jose Maria College, University of Mindanao Peñaplata, Brokenshire College, Rizal Memorial College, Holy Cross of Sasa, Ateneo de Davao University and Asian Institute of Science and Technology.
Leuterio said the league will run until December.
The executive officer also announces that the opening games as well as the championship will be streamed live on Collegiate Sponsors League Escandor Cup Facebook page.
The hoopfest is sponsored by The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davies Paints and Mandarin SPC Branch.