The Terrific 12 semifinals concluded yesterday with the Ryukyu Golden Kings triumphing over the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins and the Guangzhou Long-Lions repeating their Summer Super 8 victory over the Seoul Samsung Thunders. With these wins, the Ryukyu Golden Kings and Guangzhou Long-Lions will face off in the finals match, to be held at 7:00pm on September 23. The Nagoya Diamond Dolphins and Seoul Samsung Thunders will meet at the third-place matchup, to be held at 5:00pm on the same day. Today was the fourth day of The Terrific 12, hosted by Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government and Asia League.
Recaps of today’s matches are given below:
The Nagoya Diamond Dolphins opened up The Terrific 12 Semi-Final round with a match against B.League rival, the Ryukyu Golden Kings. The two teams finished the group stage with a perfect 2-0 record and looked to extend that streak to reach The Terrific 12 Finals. The Golden Kings came out firing while the Diamond Dolphins couldn’t buy a bucket as they ended the first quarter going 2/16 from the field and scoring only 5 points. Ryukyu continued to display beautiful basketball with quick ball movement and held on to a 13 point lead at the half over Nagoya – 36 to 23. The Diamond Dolphins continued their shooting woes in the second half as the twin towers of the Golden Kings, Josh Scott (15 points and 13 rebounds) and Jeff Ayres (16 points and 9 rebounds) clogged the paint and disrupted their shooting. Ultimately, Nagoya couldn’t overcome their poor shooting as they missed a total of 15 free throws finishing the game 10/25 (40%). The Golden Kings closed the game and secured their spot in The Terrific 12 finals with the score of 66 to 48. Quarter Scores, NDD-RGK: 5-19, 23-36,37-52, 48-66.
In a rematch of the Summer Super 8 finals this July, the Seoul Samsung Thunders looked to avenge their loss against the Guangzhou Long-Lions. Both squads came out firing as they showcased their strength down low and outside shooting. The Samsung Thunders put on a good run in the second quarter to create some separation, led by Ben Mbala, who was a dominant force down low and finished with a double double – 26 points and 12 rebounds. They led by as much as 12 points in the first half but the Long-Lions finished the quarter on a high note, ending within striking distance at 37 to 43. Guangzhou finally got over the hump as they entered the 2nd half with a run that would put them back up. Seoul kept themselves in the game and traded baskets, turning the game into an intense back and forth. Kyle Fogg carried his team on his back, controlling the floor and doing damage from all around the court to complete the comeback. The Long-Lions led by 10 points entering the final quarter but the Thunders were not ready to give up. They kept it close but Fogg and Shirelijian Muxtar were just too much. Muxtar drained 2 straight threes to extend the lead to 13 with 4 minutes to go – they held on to the lead from that point on. Fogg filled up the stat sheet, scoring a team high of 27 points, 7 boards, 7 assists and 5 steals. The Long-Lions are back in the finals as they won with a final score of 88-74. They will be facing the Ryukyu Golden Kings from Japan in a winner take all match to take home The Terrific 12 crown. Quarter scores, GLL-SST: 19-21, 37-43, 63-55, 88-74
Tickets for The Terrific 12 and Asia League Fest are already on sale at this link. Tickets to The Terrific 12 range from MOP 100 for group stage tickets to MOP 120 for semifinals and finals tickets; tickets to Asia League Fest start from MOP 280, or MOP 500 for a ticket combining the triple excitement of Asia League Fest, The Terrific 12 semifinals, and The Terrific 12 finals.
All Macao residents with a valid Macao SAR Permanent Resident Card, Macao SAR Non-Permanent Resident Card, or Macao SAR student ID enjoy a 20% discount (Macao residents) or 50% discount (for students) when purchasing tickets in person at the Studio City Event Center Box Office. For information on The Terrific 12, Asia League Fest, or tickets, please visit the official Asia League website (www.theasialeague.com).
About the organizers
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About Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government
Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government, under the capacity of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, is a public organization of administration autonomy. The organization is responsible for the implementation of sport strategy and policy formulated by the Macao SAR Government. Its objective is to stimulate, encourage, and promote all kind of sports in Macao, also to create an essential condition for sport development.
For the development of competitive sports and “Sport for all”, Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government organizes various high level international sport competitions as well as recreational classes and thematic “Sport for all” activities each year, in an endeavor to promote the international status of Macao, reinforce communication and co-operation with other countries and regions, enhance citizens’ quality of life, and arouse their interest in sport, so as to accelerate and facilitate the enhancement of the level of sport in Macao.
About Asia League
Asia League is Asia’s elite cross-regional competition platform for club-to-club basketball. It aims to raise the standard of basketball in Asia through the creation of high-level basketball tournaments involving teams from Asia’s top leagues. Asia League sees vast potential to enhance international club-to-club basketball competition in Asia and firmly believes that basketball is one of the healthiest and most dynamic forms of entertainment available to live and broadcast audiences. Every Asia League event or initiative has a component which aims to support the development of basketball, including helping the game of basketball flourish in Asia by training coaches and giving referees a quality environment in which to hone their core skills.
To make Asia’s most exciting basketball games available to both live and broadcast audiences, Asia League has formed strategic partnerships with online video and entertainment provider Tencent and local media partners in countries around Asia. Asia League also retains relationships with the world’s largest sports agencies and with the ABL, B.LEAGUE, CBA, KBL, PBA and SBL.
About The Terrific 12
Organized by Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government and Asia League, The Terrific 12 will continue the drumbeat of basketball excitement in Macao created by the July 2018 Summer Super 8 (SS8), which concluded with the Guangzhou Long-Lions being crowned champions after clinching a nail-biting win over the Seoul Samsung Thunders at the Macao East Asian Games Dome.
The Terrific 12 is Asia League’s premier preseason tournament. The tournament is an expanded version of Asia League’s inaugural The Super 8, which took place in September 2017. The Terrific 12 tournament will host twelve of Asia’s top teams—four from China, three from Japan, two from South Korea, one from the Philippines, and two from Chinese Taipei—to face off in Macao at Studio City Event Center from September 18-23. Teams will be boasting their most talented line-ups with foreign star power (two per team) to claim the championship.
To create a comprehensive entertainment event, The Terrific 12 also includes Asia League Fest, a concert featuring artists from across Asia, to take place on September 21 at the Studio City Event Center.
About Asia League Fest
Asia League Fest is a major concert which will take place on September 21 during The Terrific 12. The concert will bring together the distinctive musical styles of China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Chinese Taipei. Performers included US-Hong Kong rapper MC Jin, who came to prominence in 2017’s The Rap of China; Filipino-Australian singer and song writer James Reid; Manila R&B star Jess Connelly; South Korean sensation Minzy; Australian singer Julia Wu; Blacklist Music; Macao performers Soler; Motherbasss; and Philippine DJ Nix Damn P!.
Combining the elite basketball of The Terrific 12 with the star-studded lineup of Asia League Fest represents an innovative approach to basketball entertainment in Asia.
About Summer Super 8
Summer Super 8 is a new platform for coaches and teams to develop youth talent and strengthen their rosters. The tournament’s primary aim is to establish a regional forum for professionals and players in Asia Pacific basketball to come together and showcase their skills. The 2018 competition played host to eight of Asia’s top club teams — two from China, two from South Korea, two from the Philippines, one from Japan, and one from Chinese Taipei—at the Macao East Asian Games Dome over July 17-22. Summer Super 8 concluded with the Guangzhou Long-Lions being crowned champions after clinching a nail-biting win over the Seoul Samsung Thunders at the Macao East Asian Games Dome.
To boost the development of basketball in Asia, Summer Super 8 staged two activities for coaches and referees respectively—the FIBA-Recognized Summer Super 8 Coaches’ Clinic and the FIBA Elite Referees Development Camp. During the FIBA Elite Referees Development Camp, officials worked closely with FIBA elite-level referees focusing on individual and three-person officiating, strengthening the criteria for call selection and practical on-court training with live-game situations. Referees from the camp will have the opportunity to officiate in the FIBA 2019 World Cup and the Japan 2020 Olympics.