THE Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) has assured it will evaluate its current format after its decision to declare co-champions for the 2015 National Collegiate Championship was met with widespread criticism.
PCCL chairman Rey Gamboa admitted they were forced to change the NCC format this year following the move of the UAAP to start its basketball season in September instead of June, after most universities delayed the opening of the academic year to align with international standards.
“Definitely, a lot of changes have been made this year because of the change in the collegiate calendar,” Gamboa said. “You know very well that the UAAP league started quite late and we had to request the other leagues in the provinces to follow suit so that they will be on track.”
One major change in their format this year was to have an Elite Eight stepladder tournament instead of a Final Four round-robin tournament. But the tournament format had its share of criticism, especially since provincial teams and little-known school teams in Metro Manila had to play consecutive games if they want to win the national title.
In contrast, the UAAP and NCAA champions were already seeded into the semifinal round, and gained more from the league's controversial decision to declare the Final Four winners as co-champions.
As a result, UAAP winner Far Eastern University and NCAA champion Letran only needed to play and win a single game in order to be crowned co-champions.
Following the unfortunate events surrounding this year's NCC tournament, Gamboa said the league will definitely meet with stakeholders to study what format suits it best for next year.
“Definitely, we will be meeting with the leagues this coming year and agree on a schedule and format that will still have the objective of having one national champion,” said Gamboa.
“The changes that have been made in the collegiate basketball calendar have affected our schedule also. We are going to resolve this next year,” he added.