The Terrific 12 officially tipped off in Macao on Sep 18. In the four games of Day 1 in the afternoon, teams from China, Japan, and South Korea showed strong performances.
Terrific 12 premier basketball tournament at the Studio City Event Center in Macao. The Diamond Dolphins were led by big performances from Markeith Cummings pouring in 30 Points and grabbing 9 rebounds as well as fellow import Craig Brackins with an equally impressive double-double. Brackins made his presence known throughout the game contributing 28 points and 10 boards. The Dolphins controlled the game inside and out, hitting 7 threes in total, 5 coming from Brackins. Shaquille Hines from the Dinos tried his best to rally and keep the Dolphins at bay by posting a monster double-double of his own with 19 points and 18 rebounds – but his effort wasn’t enough as the Diamond Dolphins started pulling away during the second quarter. It was the same theme from that point on as the team from Japan held on to the lead throughout the game with a final score 84 to 72. Quarter Scores: 13-13, 26-34, 50-68, 72-84
The Fubon Braves and the Seoul Samsung Thunders started their Terrific 12 campaigns with a very competitive game as both teams take another shot at an Asia League championship. It was a good exchange of action with a total of 11 lead changes and the game came down to the wire. The Thunders had played a good all-around game with contributions across the board – Glenn Cosey led the scoring with 28 points on an efficient 65% shooting from the field. Shaquille Keith led the Braves scoring 23 points on a very efficient effort as well making 9 of his 11 attempts from the field. The Braves were up 4, 82-78 with a little over a minute remaining in the game, but the Thunders climbed their way back into the game with 2 consecutive baskets from Cosey to tie it up at 82 a piece with 44 ticks remaining on the clock. Benoit Mbala (23 points, 9 rebounds) proved to be the difference maker as Cosey found him all alone under the basket and scored the game winning basket as time expired. The Thunders came out with a narrow victory over the Braves 84 to 82. Quarter Scores, Braves-Thunders: 18-27, 39-36, 56-58, 82-84.
The past winners of the 2017 The Super 8 and 2018 Summer Super 8 battled head-to-head in a very physical match up at the Studio City Event Center in Macao. The Chiba Jets poured it all out against the Guangzhou Long-Lions whose lineup featured former NBA Champion Marreese Speights for the first time. He put up a double-double with 24 points, 12 boards and 5 makes from the outside in his debut with his new team. The Long-Lions controlled the game led by their starting guard and court general- Kyle Fogg. Fogg scored 37 points and his +/- ratio was a team-high +18 while on the court. Michael Parker put up a valiant effort for the Jets, scoring 26 points and grabbing an impressive 18 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to push his team past Guangzhou. The Guangzhou Long-Lions finished on top with a score of 92 to 83 against the Chiba Jets. Quarter Scores, Jets-Long-Lions: 18-22, 40-50, 60-72, 83-92.
The iECO Green Warriors went against the Ryukyu Golden Kings to close out Day 1 of The Terrific 12. This was a game that rained down points from long distance – with the Golden Kings connecting on 15 long bombs and the Green Warriors hitting 10 of their own from beyond the arc. The Golden Kings started the game with a 17-0 run as the Green Warriors couldn’t buy a bucket up until the first by Kristoffer Porter with 2 minutes and 50 seconds left in the first quarter. They also lost Richard Howell, whom they consider as the heart and soul of the team, to a knee and ankle injury 3 minutes into the game. The Japanese squad dominated with an all-around effort getting contributions across the board, with 5 players scoring in double digits – led by Naoki Tashiro with 17 points and import, Jeff Ayres putting up a double-double with 12 points and 14 boards. They were just too much for the Green Warriors and went on to a comfortable win with a final score of 103-75. Quarter Scores, Golden Warriors-Golden Kings: 5-23, 24-56, 52-85, 75-103.
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.