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    Collegiate Champions League regionals affected by late NCAA finish

    Oct 14, 2013
    PCCL Commissioner Joe Lipa says aside from the schedule being moved, the league needs additional staff to coordinate with the teams in the affected regions. Jerome Ascano

    DELAYS in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has forced the Philippine Collegiate Champions League to move some of its regional qualifying games.

    With the NCAA now projected to end mid-November after numerous postponements, the Champions League is now expected to start later than usual.

    While the stepladder Sweet 16, usually tipping off in mid-November, is not expected to be affected, the regional qualifiers set earlier in provinces like Sorsogon and Vigan are expected to be moved, according to PCCL executive director Joe Lipa.

    “I’m trying to adjust the schedule,” Lipa told Spin.ph over the phone on Monday when the NCAA again postponed its basketball games, this time due to an Iglesia ni Cristo event.

    Lipa, the concurrent NCAA commissioner, said he will also have to enlist staff that will coordinate with the affected regions.

    The PCCL features the top teams from different regions in the country, including the UAAP, NCAA and leagues in Visayas and Mindanao.

    University of Santo Tomas captured the crown last year, defeating UAAP rival Ateneo.

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    PCCL Commissioner Joe Lipa says aside from the schedule being moved, the league needs additional staff to coordinate with the teams in the affected regions. Jerome Ascano
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