Ryukyu Golden Kings beat Guangzhou Long-Lions to claim The Terrific 12 championship
In the final match of The Terrific 12, the Ryukyu Golden Kings bested the Guangzhou Long-Lions to claim the championship, powered by The Terrific 12 MVP Ryuichi Kishimoto. Earlier, the Seoul Samsung Thunders topped the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins to claim third place. The Terrific 12 basketball tournament is hosted by Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government and Asia League.
The Nagoya Diamond Dolphins and the Seoul Samsung Thunders battled for 3rd place to open up the final day of The Terrific 12. They put on a beautiful display of shooting from the get go as the two teams combined to make 19 threes in the first half with 12 coming from Samsung to lead the high-scoring affair, 64-53 after two quarters. Markeith Cummings played came out strong against his former team, scoring 19 points in the first half but got into early foul trouble in the third. He finished with 29 points and 8 Rebounds on a very efficient outing shooting 13/16 from the field. The Thunders remained focused on team basketball and recieved good contributions across the board with Ben Mbala leading the charge. He controlled the paint and shot well from beyond the arc finishing with a double-double – 27 points and 12 rebounds while Lee Guan Hee controlled the perimeter defense and did damage from deep making 4 threes, scoring 16 points and collecting 10 boards. The Diamond Dolphins went on a late run in the fourth getting as close as 6 points with 2 minutes to go. However, Glenn Cosey shut down any comeback hopes and made plays down the stretch. He finished with a team-high 34 points adding 7 rebounds, 5 assists with 6 makes from deep. The Thunders closed it out and take home another podium finish in Asia League. This time they take home third place with a final score of 105-92. Quarter Scores, NDD-SST: 26-34, 53-64, 69-80, 105-92.
The Ryukyu Golden Kings faced off against the Guangzhou Long-lions to determine The Terrific 12 Championship. It was a heated battle the entire game, that featured a lot of length and speed with Jeff Ayres making his presence known early. He threw down thunderous jams and controlled the paint on the defensive end as The Ryukyu Golden Kings jumped out to an early lead of 21-13 after the first quarter. Kyle Fogg caught fire in the second quarter scoring in a number of ways, getting cheers from the capacity crowd onsite. He kept the game close with Guangzhou trailing 41-36 at the half. Guangzhou came out firing at the beginning of the third quarter with Summer Super 8 Finals MVP, Ju Mingxin, finishing a beautiful layup plus the foul to put the Long-Lions up for the first time, 46 to 44. It was a close one after three quarters as the Golden Kings led 60 to 58. Ryukyu went on a run at the start of the fourth led by Ira Brown and Ryuchi Kishimoto who drained a three to give them their biggest lead – 70 to 60 with 7 minutes remaining. The Long-Lions answered back with a 10-0 run of their own, with Ju Mingxin hitting a big 3 to tie the game at 70 all. Kishimoto came up big again, hitting a clutch three with 1:14 left that put Ryukyu up by 6 points. He was named MVP of the Terrific 12 finals game finishing with a team-high 21 points going for 6 of 9 from three. The Ryukyu Golden Kings take home The Terrific 12 championship winning by a score of 85 to 76. Quarter Scores, RGK-GLL: 21-13, 41-36, 60-58, 85-76.
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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.