PBA D-League All-Stars will rep the Philippines in Terrific 12
Paul Lintag on Aug 17, 2018 11:40 AM
Asia League finally completed the cast and a selection from the PBA D-League will see action in the import-laced Terrific 12 tournament slated for Sept. 18-23 at Studio City.
There will only be one Philippine representative to the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament in Macau next month.
Asia League finally completed the cast and a selection from the PBA D-League will see action in the import-laced joust slated for Sept. 18-23 at Studio City.
The Philippine team will be officially listed as PBA D-League All Stars Ieco Green Warriors.
Two slots were originally save for the Philippines in the Terrific 12. However, the PBA's Governors' Cup directly clashed with the schedule of the September invitational.
With the Philippines opting to send only one team, the Asia League tapped another team from the Chinese Basketball Association.
The Guangzhou Long Lions, champions of the Super 8 tournament in July, were originally supposed to skip the Terrific 12 but they will return to Macau in hopes of scoring another title.
Other teams from the CBA are the Shandong Hi-speed Golden Stars and the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.
The Korean Basketball League will send the Samsung Thunders and the Ulsan Hyundan Mobis Phoebus to the Terrific 12 while Taipei, via the Taiwan Super Basketball League, will have the Fubon Braves and the Yulon Luxgen Dinos.
2017 Super 8 champion Chiba Jets will banner the Japanese B.LEAGUE. Joining the Jets from Japan are the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins and the Ryukyu Golden Knights.
“We have some of the best teams from across Asia in this tournament,” Asia League CEO Matt Beyer in press conference statement.
“TT12 is the premier pre-season tournament for Asian basketball fans who want to see their team go head-to-head with the region’s best competition. We are proud to hold the event in Studio City Event Center," he added.
The Terrific 12 will be divided into four groups of three with all the no. 1 seeds advancing to the semifinals.
Unlike the Super 8, the Terrific 12 will allow teams to have imports. The Philippines had two teams in the Super 8 back in July in the NLEX Road Warriors and the Blackwater Elite. NLEX made the semis but had to settle for fourth place.
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