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.

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:

Jimmy Alapag meets fans in Macao before East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12

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Excitement for The Terrific 12 basketball games is in the air. Basketball lovers are waiting in anticipation for the upcoming showdowns between the top professional basketball clubs from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.

Fans will have the time of their lives at Macao’s Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion from September 17-22, 2019. With less than three weeks before tip-off of the premier pre-season event of the summer, East Asia Super League and Philippine Basketball Association legend Jimmy Alapag arrived in Macao SAR to host meet and greet events on August 28, 2019.

In 2018, Alapag made his first EASL appearance at the Coaches’ Clinic, sharing his knowledge with over 50 basketball coaches in the region. This year, he will be coaching with the San Miguel Beermen and his eyes on returning to the Philippines with some new hardware.

For now though, Alapag was focused on sightseeing, interacting with local fans and enjoying all the tourist attractions that Macao SAR has to offer. He visited the Philippine Consulate, a locally owned Filipino restaurant, hosted question-and-answer sessions with fans and hosted EASL merchandise giveaways.

The former PBA MVP and 11-time All-Star kicked off the day by visiting some of the most iconic destinations including Rua do Cunha at the center of Taipa as well as the Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral. Alapag enjoyed the scenery of Macao, which he said is the perfect destination to host high level sports competitions like The Terrific 12.

“Macao’s tourism sector is consistently growing and this is a great location for events,” Alapag stated. “People from so many different countries come to visit and enjoy the culture, food and people.”

”To bring a big-time sports event like The Terrific 12 to Macao is huge for locals and tourists,” Alapag continued. “There’s a ton of sports fans in the region and they can all converge in Macao to watch their favorite and the best basketball teams fight for The Terrific 12 crown.”

Alapag enjoyed some local foods including curry beef with noodles, Portuguese egg tart, pork chop bun and milk tea. He raved about local food, but was eager to scout out the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion, the battleground for upcoming event.

The PBA legend expressed his high expectations for the San Miguel Beermen and is not phased going up against a tough group featuring the Shenzhen Aviators from China and last year’s champions the Ryukyu Golden Kings from Japan. He revels at the challenge of going up against.

“The Terrific 12 is the best international club to club competition platform in the region and this is something that coaches and players have desired for a long time,” Alapag said. “Playing in this amazing tourist destination against new opponents offers an incredible opportunity for our club and our league to showcase what we can do to basketball fans across the world.”

The journey concluded at a local Filipino restaurant where coach Alapag was greeted with a massive number of Filipino fans. He also visited the Philippine Consulate.

“I hope the Filipino community in Macao can come together and turn out at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion to support us during The Terrific 12,” Alapag said. “The Filipino community is incredibly strong here and we can’t wait to put on a show for them!”

To check out the highlight of Coach Alapag’s full day tour, please check the video link on East Asia Super League YouTube channel:

For more in-depth, exclusive and behind-the-scenes information about East Asia Super League and THE TERRIFIC 12, please follow the below official website and social media pages:

Want to see your favorite teams and players up close? Ticket prices for the group stage are set at MOP 50 for standard ticket and MOP 100 for courtside seat ticket. Semi-Finals and Finals tickets are MOP 200 for standard ticket and MOP 400 for courtside seat ticket.  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 following online ticketing platforms:
  1. Retail outlets of Macau Ticketing
  2. On-site ticketing counter of Macau Ticketing at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion (available on September 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22, 2019)

Please stay tuned for more exciting news from us, and we look forward to seeing you at THE TERRIFIC 12 in Macao! For enquiries or more information about East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12, please contact below personnel for different markets: