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.

ESPN5, YouTube Live to air San Miguel Beermen, TNT Katropa, Blackwater Elite games in East Asia Super League’s Terrific 12 in Macao

East Asia Super League

San Miguel Beermen, TNT Katropa and Blackwater Elite will compete against other top pro teams from Japan, China and South Korea in the East Asia Super League’s Terrific 12. Filipino basketball fans can cheer the three Philippine Basketball Association teams on via broadcast and online platforms in the comfort of their own homes.

ESPN5 and ESPN YouTube Live will bring the action of this FIBA-recognized premier tournament live from the Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion in Macao from September 17-22, 2019 on prime time. This best-of-the-best Asian basketball competition, which is now making waves in Asian basketball, will also be covered by 22 networks on major global broadcast and streaming networks.

East Asia Super League was born in Macao in 2017 with just eight teams participating in “Super 8.” In 2018, the Philippines was represented for the first time by a PBA D-League selection called the iECO Green Warriors in a 12-team competition which renamed the tournament as Terrific 12. and growing bigger by the year, the much awaited toe-to-toe of the top ball clubs in the region has now succeeded at luring top-caliber PBA teams into its orbit.

San Miguel Beer, TNT Katropa and Blackwater Elite will compete in a tournament against four Japanese, three Chinese and two Korean ball clubs. These are Liaoning Flying Leopards, Shenzhen Aviators, and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions from China; Chiba Jets, Niigata Albirex, Ryukyu Golden Kings and Utsunomiya Brex from Japan; and Jeonju KCC Egis and Seoul SK Knights from Korea.

The ball clubs will be grouped into four brackets with the top team from each group advancing to the semi-finals scheduled on September 21, 2019. The finals will be played on September 22 with the champion going home with a US$150,000 prize while the runner-up will receive US$100,000 and the second runner-up gets US$50,000.

Fans may also tune into live streams of press conferences, including the Tip-Off press conference at 12:00 noon Manila on September 17, 2019 and the Final Four press conference at 3:30 p.m. Manila time on September 20, 2019 on the various digital platforms to learn more about the competition and the stars of the show. For more in-depth, exclusive and behind-the-scenes information about East Asia Super League and the Terrific 12, please follow the following official website and social media pages:

For ticket details please visit www.macauticket.com.

Philippines’ Harold Alarcon named Basketball Without Borders Asia 2019 Boys All-Star Game MVP in Tokyo, Japan

Harold Alarcon (center)
Harold Alarcon (center)

On August 17, 2019, the fourth and final day of Basketball without Borders Asia 2019 in Tokyo, Japan concluded in thrilling fashion as the 64 campers from 18 countries and territories in Asia-Pacific competed in playoffs and championship games, a 3-point contest, and a pair of All-Star games, which featured Batang Gilas forward Joshua Rafael Lazaro, Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars Harold Alarcon and Florence Jil Talas.

In the morning, the camp got underway with playoffs games to determine the championship games matchup.  On the girls side, the New York Liberty and the Los Angeles Sparks faced off in the championship game, with the Liberty (coached by former WNBA player Ashley Battle) coming away with a 33–18 win.

The boys championship game then followed, with the Orlando Magic, coached on the sidelines by current NBA assistant coach Pat Delany, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 22–16.

Upon the conclusion of the championship games, the boys and girls competed in the 3-point competition finals.  Mustafa Rashed from Bahrain was crowned the boys 3-point champion, while Japan’s Miyu Ogita came out on top on the girls side.

Finally, the two boys and two girls All-Star teams were announced.  The West All-Stars pulled out a win for the girls (29–23), while the East All-Stars emerged victorious on the boys side with a 42–37 win that saw Alarcon emerge as the Boys All-Star Game MVP.

The 11th BWB Asia camp wrapped up with the awards ceremony. Junseok Yeo (South Korea) was named Boys MVP, while Georgia Woolley from Australia was crowned as MVP on the girls side.  The following is a complete list of All-Star rosters and awards winners:

Girls All-Star Team:

East

  • Siya Deodhar (India)
  • Aika Hirashita (Japan)
  • Jayzelee Waihi (New Zealand)
  • Georgia Woolley (Australia)
  • Ruby-Belle Macdonald (Australia)
  • Jiyeong Moon (South Korea)
  • Jazzmyne Kailahi-Fulu (New Zealand)

West

  • Florence Jil Talas (Philippines)
  • Maho Hayashi (Japan)
  • Emilia Shearer (New Zealand)
  • Harsimran Kaur (India)
  • Miyu Ogita (Japan)
  • Isabelle Morgan (Australia)
  • Emily Sewell (Australia)

Boys All-Star Team:

East

  • Mustafa Rashed (Bahrain)
  • Atsuya Ogawa (Japan)
  • Harold Alarcon (Philippines)
  • Clifton Bush III (New Zealand)
  • Alexander Frederick Zanbaka (Lebanon)
  • Kyutae Lee (South Korea)
  • Daniel Rogers (Australia)
  • Amaan Sandhu (India)

West

  • Hendrick Xavi Yonga (Indonesia)
  • Kaine Roberts (Japan)
  • Enkhiin-Od “Michael” Sharavjamts (Mongolia)
  • Joshua Rafael Lazaro (Philippines)
  • Patrick Ryan (Australia)
  • Haomiao Sun (China)
  • Jun Seok Yeo (South Korea)
  • Lewis Rowe (Australia)

List of awards:

  • Boys Grit Award: Kaine Roberts (Japan)
  • Girls Grit Award: Emilia Shearer (New Zealand)
  • Boys 3-Point Champion: Mustafa Rashed (Bahrain)
  • Girls 3-Point Champion: Miyu Ogita (Japan)
  • Boys All-Star Game MVP: Harold Alarcon (Philippines)
  • Girls All-Star Game MVP: Maho Hayashi (Japan)
  • Boys Camp MVP: Junseok Yeo (South Korea)
  • Girls Camp MVP: Georgia Woolley (Australia)