The second day of The Terrific 12, held by Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government and Asia League, concluded yesterday. Highlights are as follows:
The Zhejiang Guangsha Lions opened their Terrific 12 campaign against the Yulon Luxgen Dinos to start off Day 2 at Studio City Event Center in Macao. It was close all throughout the game and the play started heating up in the third quarter. The Lions started to pull away leading 49 to 38 but the Dinos kept on fighting and took the lead after they went on an 8-0 run to go up 62 to 61 near the end of the third. The team from the SBL was led by the league’s MVP Lu Cheng-Ju who was their leading scorer with 19 points in the game. The Zhejiang Guangsha Lions found their rhythm late in the game and went on a 9-0 run led by former Greek League champion and second year big man, Ioannis Bourousis totaling 32 points, 14 boards and 4 three-pointers together with Lin Chih-Chieh totaling 14 points and 7 rebounds to go back up 82 to 72 in the fourth. The Dinos rallied back and tried to make a final comeback keeping it close until the end of the game. However, the Lions proved to be too strong for the Dinos winning by two points – 96 to 94 at the final buzzer. Quarter scores, ZGL-YLD: 19-14, 40-37, 68-70, 96-94
Mobis Phoebus against the Guangzhou Long-Lions was a game featuring two powerhouse teams that put their size and speed on display. Mobis Phoebus used their star player and kept pounding it inside with Ra Gunah controlling the paint leading the team with a monster line of 37 points, 16 rebounds on a very efficient 71% from the field. Mo Speights worked his signature style of a non-traditional big by doing damage from the outside while clogging the paint in the defensive end. He finished the game with an equally impressive line of 30 points, 10 rebounds and connected on 6 three-pointers. They tightened up the defense late in the second quarter which resulted to the biggest lead in the half 51-39. The tides turned the other way in the third quarter led by beautiful passing and scoring from Shannon Shorter who finished the game with strong stats across the board – 38 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. It was a complete turnaround as they headed to the fourth quarter with Mobis leading by just 2 points, 71 to 69. Speights hit a difficult clutch 3 with a minute remaining to tie the game 89-89. The fourth quarter ended with both of the teams playing lock-down defense to force the game into OT.
In overtime, it was another series of the teams hitting big shots one after the other. Fogg hit a beautiful floater to give a 4 point cushion 98-94 with a little over a minute left. Mobis pulled closer with 3 straight points from the foul line to put it at 98-97. With 13 seconds left Mobis had a chance to win it, but Shannon Shorter missed a difficult three as time expired giving a hard earned victory to the Long-Lions with a final score of 98-97 in one of the most exciting games so far in The Terrific 12 tournament. Quarter Scores, GLL-UMP: 22-25, 51-41, 69-71, 89-89, 98-97 (OT)
The Xinjiang Flying Tigers took the court for the first time in the Terrific 12 tournament as they matched up with the Ryukyu Golden Kings at the Studio City Event Center in Macao. The Golden Kings gained control of the match using their length from their twin towers, Josh Scott who lead the team in scoring with 23 points and 14 rebounds, together with Jeff Ayres, who controlled the paint all game long. Xinjiang Flying Tigers were without NBA Veteran Al Jefferson, as he just arrived the same day in Macao, but they got good production from Fan Ziming who posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards on 75% field goal shooting as he tried to keep them close. However, the team from Japan was just too much – Ryouma Hashimoto heated up in the second half hitting 3 threes which helped them pull away for good. He finished with a line of 17 points going for 4/5 from behind the arc. There was little resistance after that as the Ryukyu closed the game on with a comfortable lead with a final score of 74-59. Quarter Scores, RKG-XFT: 18-19, 40-28, 60-47, 74-59.
The Seoul Samsung Thunders looked to punch a ticket to The Terrific 12 Semis with a win over Shandong Xiwang. But with 2 former NBA Players, Donatas Motiejunas and Andrew Goudelock leading the way, it would not be a walk in the park. The Thunders were on fire to start the game, hitting an unbelievable 8/11 from beyond the arc in the first quarter to put them up 32-24 after one. They continued on to the second quarter as Glenn Cosey extending the lead to 21, 54-33 at the half. The Thunders were just too much for the Shandong Xiwang as Ben Mbala controlled the paint scoring 19 points with a couple of beautiful and-one baskets. Lee Gwan Hee played a good all-around game as he made his presence felt in the defensive side of the game as well. He finished with 17 points shooting 3 for 5 from three. Cosey also had another excellent game in back-to-back fashion with a 21 points and 8 assists. Efforts from Motiejunas who scored 15 points and grabbed 16 boards were not enough as they fell to the Thunders with a Final score of 85-73. Quarter Scores, SST-SXW: 32-24, 54-33, 67-48, 85-73
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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.