3 Minda bets gun for PCCL Final 4 on the road

Mindanao bets like Holy Trinity College of Gen. Santos City and MATS College of Davao City will have to travel to Dumaguete for the Vis/Min Finals. SBP 11 photo

Mindanao’s three representatives to the Escandor Cup Vis/Min Finals of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) will now have to travel to Dumaguete City in the search for the lone ticket for the region in the Final Four.

The  Escandor Cup Vis/Min Finals has been moved to March 1 to 5 and will now be played at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center in Dumaguete City.

The three Mindanao teams are top qualifier Holy Trinity College of General Santos City Inc., Holy Cross of Davao College, MATS College of Technology. The Escandor Cup Vis/Min Finals will also feature the top two teams from Cesafi in Southwestern University PHINMA, University of the Visayas Green Lancers  and the champion of the Visayas qualifiers in Asian College-Dumaguete Campus for the remaining slot in the Final Four.

Meantime, San Beda barged its way to the Final Four after ousting University of Santo Tomas, 77-68, in the final day of the PCCL NCAA-UAAP Challenge at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City on Saturday.

The Red Lions snuffed the Growling Tigers in the first half, holding them to just 27 points, while they slowly picked things up offensively, opening a lead as high as 17, 65-48, early in the fourth quarter.

UST got back into the game and was just down by five, 62-67, with 4:27 remaining, but that was all the team can draw near to as San Beda pulled away again with the deciding 10-3 rally to ice the win.

James Kwekuteye put up 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and for steals to lead the Red Lions, who joined the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the UP Fighting Maroons in the Final Four.

Ateneo, which booked its place in the Final Four on Sunday, completed the sweep of the single round robin NCAA-UAAP Challenge by romping Letran, 79-61, in the champion versus champion match-up in the second game.

The Blue Eagles recovered from a slow start and blasted the Knights in the third quarter, 30-4, to pull away for good.

Dwight Ramos and Troy Mallillin each scored 16 for Ateneo.

On the other hand, UP booked its place to the national semifinals by ruling the Luzon regional championship earlier in the week in Naga.The last seat in the PCCL Final Four will only be disputed in early March as the Visayas-Mindanao regionals, now known as the Escandor Cup, was postponed to March 1 due to the novel coronavirus. 

The changes were made after Davao City called off all public gatherings in the city amid the ongoing outbreak of the 2019-nCoV virus. Acting on the development, the PCCL Board decided to postpone the Escandor Cup/Visayas-Mindanao Regional Championship originally scheduled on February 17 to 20. Likewise, the PCCL Board also reset the Final Four on March 7 to 8 to be played in Manila. (NJB with a report from PNA)