The Mats College of Technology (MCT) Navigators received a free pass to the Mindanao Finals of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) despite being eliminated in the ongoing Collegiate Sponsors League (CSL) Escandor Cup on Wednesday, November 27.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Davao executive program officer and league chairman Ronel Leuterio granted on Thursday, November 28, the MCT Navigators an opportunity to represent Davao Region in the Mindanao Finals for consistently bringing their crowd in every game as well as practicing good conduct inside the playing court.
“While you and your team has been eliminated but because of your team’s decorum, crowd support and the way you play, congratulations Thommy Mier Collados (head coach) and Mats College of Technology, you are the first team to qualify together with the champion to represent Davao in the Mindanao Finals,” Leuterio announced via Facebook post.
Leuterio also urged Collados and the rest of the Navigators to continue the good gesture and they might advance to the PCCL Visayas-Mindanao Finals at all cost.
“Continue bringing in the crowd and the gritty play baka makasama pa kayo sa Vis/Min finals,” the officer told Collados.
The Navigators will join the CSL champion in representing Davao Region in the Mindanao Finals slated 2020 in Davao City. The Mindanao Finals is the qualifier for the PCCL National Finals which will also be hosted in Davao City.
Meanwhile, the Navigators were booted out of the tournament after being outscored by the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors through quotient system tie-breaker.
MCT, AIFCP, Holy Cross of Dabao College (HCDC), DMMA College of Southern Philippines (DMMACSP), and University of Mindanao (UM) acquired 4-3 win-lose card each at the end of the 7-game eliminate round in bracket A.
But UM (1.052), HCDC (1.013), and AIFCP (1.006) came out with a better quotient points to join the scoreboard leader and topseed St. John Paul II College of Davao (SJPIICD).
On the other hand, the much-awaited crossover quarterfinals is set on Saturday, November 30 at the Davao City Recreation Center.
The SJPIICD Saints and the Rizal Memorial Colleges Bulldogs will raise the curtain at 3:30pm followed by the matches between Jose Maria College Kings and AIFCP Sailors at 5:00pm, the UM Wildcats against the Brokenshire College of Davao Green Dragons at 6:30pm, and the defending champion HCDC Crusaders versus Holy Cross College of Sasa Spartans at 8:00pm.
The tournament is presented by Presidential Adviser on Sports and SBP Davao Regional Director Glenm Y. Escandor and is bankrolled by Davies Paints, Max’s Fried Chicken, PTT Lubricants, Mandarin SPC-Branch and The Royal Mandaya Hotel.