MANILA, Philippines - STI of Cagayan de Oro has earned one of two Mindanao slots to the Champions League Sweet 16 Finals after topping the Northern Mindanao eliminations.
STI bested St. Columbian College, St. Paul University of Surigao, Christ the King College de Maranding, Bukidnon State University, Mindanao State University-Marawi and Medical Center.
The other Mindanao berth is being disputed in the Southern Mindanao eliminations. Vying for the slot are Agro-Industrial Foundation College Sailors, Jose Maria College Kings, Holy Trinity College Wildcats of General Santos and Southern City College Bulldogs of Zamboanga.
The representatives of Mindanao will join the champion of Visayas Islands, CESAFI champion University of Visayas, Southwestern University Cobras and University of San Carlos Warriors in the step-ladder knock-out games to be held Nov. 19-21 at Ormoc City Superdome.
The winner of the Ormoc knockout games will be declared Southern Island champion and will advance to the Final Four of the 2013 National Collegiate Championship set Dec. 9.