Philippines vs Japan: San Miguel Beermen dethrones Ryukyu Golden Kings at EASL’s ‘Terrific 12’ in Macau

Takumi Ishizaki, Terrence Romeo
Takumi Ishizaki, Terrence Romeo

San Miguel Beermen dethroned defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings of Japan, 101-92, on the evening of September 19, 2019 in the East Asia Super League tournament “Terrific 12” at the Tap Seac-Multi-Sport Pavilion in Macau, China. This gave the Philippine Basketball Association team the semis spot in Group B.

Denz Wells exploded for 42 points while Terrence Romeo and Lester Prosper added 18 and 15 markers, respectively, for San Miguel Beermen. They are now set to meet Group D semifinalist Liaoning Flying Leopards on September 21, 2019.

“From the start, we knew this would be a difficult game for us,” San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria. “After the loss of the defending champions, they will come out fighting hard. They’re the defending champions and we know they have a good game plan against us but we’re ready for any eventuality.”

Leading 14-2 early, the Ryukyu Golden Kings had a fine start. But Wells and Romeo joined forces to close the period with a 29-10 run to control the tempo of the game, 31-24.

But the B.League team, behind import De’Mon Brooks, stayed within striking distance as his two free throws cut the San Miguel Beermen’s lead to 70-74 with 9:51 left in the game. Wells again anchored another San Miguel Beermen surge and his one-hand slam gave them a 90-77 lead with 5:03 remaining in the game.

The Ryukyu Golden Kings sliced the lead to single digit on Hayato Kantake’s triple, 86-94. But Wells hit a jumper in the next play to start a crucial 7-3 exchange to put the game out of reach, 101-89, 68 seconds left in the game.

Brooks led the Ryukyu Golden Kings with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Ryuichi Kishimoto chipped in 12 markers.

In Group A, SK Knights grabbed the semis spot after beating the Chiba Jets, 86-76. KJ McDaniels exploded for 47 points to lift TNT KaTropa to a 99-90 win over Niigata Albirex of Japan as TNT KaTropa ended their campaign here on a high note.

McDaniels also hauled down 17 rebounds and got solid support from Roger Pogoy and Almond Vosotros. TNT KaTropa finished their Group D campaign with a 1-1 record.

Both teams were already eliminated after losing their matches to Group D semifinalist Liaoning Flying Leopards but still gave out their best to end their respective campaign on a positive note. Nick Perkins led Niigata with 34 points and 12 rebounds while Shinsuke Kashiwagi and Yuichi Ikeda contributed 17 and 16 markers, respectively.

Philippines vs Japan: TNT KaTropa, Niigata Albirex play at EASL’s ‘Terrific 12’ in São Lázaro, Macau, China

KJ McDaniels
KJ McDaniels

Kevin “K.J.” McDaniels Jr., 26, exploded for 47 points to lift TNT KaTropa of the Philippines to a 99-90 win over Niigata Albirex of Japan in the East Asia Super League’s invitation tournament “The Terrific 12.” The game took palce at the Tap Seac-Multi-Sport Pavilion in São Lázaro, Macau, China on September 18, 2019.

McDaniels also hauled down 17 rebounds and got solid support from Roger Pogoy, 27, and Almond Vosotros, 29, as KaTropa finished their Group D campaign with a 1-1 record. TNT mentor Mark Dickel, 42, said, “We’re lucky to have KJ in the team.”

“He makes the game much, much easier,” Dickel said of McDaniels. “He filled in for Terrence Jones last conference and we’re very fortunate of having a very good player helping us a lot and going into our first game next week, it’s always good to take a win. We didn’t want to come away from here having lost our first two games.”

TNT KaTropa and Niigata Albirex were already eliminated after losing their matches to Group D semifinalist Liaoning Flying Leopards of China. But the teams from the Philippines and Japan still gave out their best to end their respective campaign on a positive note.

Pogoy gave KaTropa an 82-77 lead but Niigata import Nick Perkins, 22, responded with a personal 5-0 run to tie the count at 82-all with 5:31 remaining. McDaniels then ignited a 9-4 exchange to give TNT a 91-85 lead with 2:41 left in the game.

A three-pointer by Yuki Ueta, 32, put the Japanese club back in the game, 88-91, but Vosotros, a late addition to the team here along with Samboy de Leon, 27, answered with his own triple to push the lead back to 94-88, 1:32 left. After Niigata team captain Kei Igarashi, 39, converted two free throws, 90-94, McDaniels finished the game with five straight points to give TNT KaTropa a morale-boosting victory.

The KaTropa played without their second import McKenzie Moore due to strained calf injury and Dickel opted to rest Jayson Castro, 33, and Troy Rosario, 27, as they prepare for the PBA’s Governors’ Cup. Perkins led Niigata with 34 points and 12 rebounds while Shinsuke Kashiwagi, 37, and Yuichi Ikeda, 37, contributed 17 and 16 markers, respectively.

Utsunomiya Brex’s Makoto Hiejima: We’ll energize not only Asia but also the world via EASL’s ‘The Terrific 12’games

Makoto Hiejima

Makoto Hiejima, 29, of the Japanese B.League team Utsunomiya Brex is ready to represent Japan in “The Terrific 12.” He is confident about the performance of Japanese players in the upcoming international basketball tournament of the East Asia Super League.

The EASL will hold “The Terrific 12” from September 17-22, 2019 at the Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion in Macao, China. The event presents an opportunity to showcase respective leagues and players to basketball fans in other geographies.

The best clubs and players from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines will go up against their international champion counterparts in “The Terrific 12.” The international basketball tournament is recognized by the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

“Although the Japanese teams are getting stronger, there’s a need to experience more games against top opponents through EASL,” Hiejima stated. “We will energize not only Asia, but also the world via the games.”

Born in Fukuoka, Japan on April 11, 1990, Hiejima went to Rakunan in Kyoto, Japan and in Aoyama Gakuin University in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. He played for the Aisin SeaHorses Mikawa from 2013 to 2018.

Hiejima signed with Utsunomiya Brex in July 2018 and with the National Basketball League team Brisbane Bullets of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in August 2018.

On January 5, 2019, the Bullets released Hiejima. He joined the Utsunomiya Brex on January 9, 2019 for the rest of the season.

“The Terrific 12” is filled to the brim with All-Star and national team talent from the best teams across East Asia. The teams are championship contenders in their respective leagues.

Full five-day tournament packages are also available at MOP 400 (standard ticket). Tickets are available for purchase through the following three ways:

  1. Online purchasing via online ticketing platforms Macau TicketingDaMai TicketsQupiaowang and com.cn
  2. Retail outlets of Macau Ticketing
  3. On-site ticketing counter of Macau Ticketing at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion (available on September 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22, 2019)

Teams are leaving nothing to chance and have assembled their best rosters, including national team players and foreign imports. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the EASL:

TNT KaTropa’s Jayson Castro plans to show what speed looks like at EASL’s ‘The Terrific 12’ in Macao

Jayson Castro
Jayson Castro

Jayson “The Blur” Castro, 33, of the Philippine Basketball Association team TNT KaTropa is one of the Filipino basketball players competing in “The Terrific 12.” Known for his speed, he plans to exhibit his claim to fame in the upcoming international basketball tournament of the East Asia Super League.

The EASL will hold “The Terrific 12” from September 17-22, 2019 at the Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion in Macao, China. The best clubs and players from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines will go up against their international champion counterparts in the international basketball tournament that is recognized by the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

“I’m going to show them what speed really looks like,” Castro declared. “They’ll never see me coming. We’re going to show these other teams how the PBA does things.”

Born on June 30, 1986 in Bacolor, Pampanga, Philippines, Castro went to Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University in Pampanga, Philippines and the Philippine Christian University in Metro Manila, Philippines. He has been playing for TNT KaTropa since 2008.

While in college, Castro played for the Philippine Christian University Dolphins in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He also competed in the Philippine Basketball League as a member of the teams Hapee-PCU Teeth Protectors and Harbour Centre Batang Pier.

Prior to “The Terrific 12,” Castro has represented the Philippines in international tournaments several times. He participated in the Southeast Asian Games in 2007 and the FIBA Asia Championship in 2013 and 2015.

“The Terrific 12” is filled to the brim with All-Star and national team talent from the best teams across East Asia. The teams are championship contenders in their respective leagues.

Full five-day tournament packages are also available at MOP 400 (standard ticket). Tickets are available for purchase through the following three ways:

  1. Online purchasing via online ticketing platforms Macau TicketingDaMai TicketsQupiaowang and com.cn
  2. Retail outlets of Macau Ticketing
  3. On-site ticketing counter of Macau Ticketing at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion (available on September 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22, 2019)

Teams are leaving nothing to chance and have assembled their best rosters, including national team players and foreign imports. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the EASL: