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.

Legend FC, OPRO partnership signed before ‘Legend FC 13’ in Macau

'Legend FC 13' fight card

Legend Fighting Championship is pleased to announce a one-year deal with OPRO. The provider of innovative and technically advanced mouthguards is now the official mouthguard of the Hong Kong-based mixed martial arts organization.

The deal will see OPRO supply all Legend FC fighters with elite level mouthguards that will be worn while training or competing inside the cage. The fighters will receive their mouthguards in time for the organisations highly anticipated return to Macau’s MGM Theater on September 14, 2019 for “Legend FC 13,” which fans can tune in to watch on FOX Sports Asia, Guandong TV sports, Shenzhen TV, Jinghai TV, Shanxi TV, Facebook Live, Tencent Sports, Sina Weibo, Zhibo.TV, GedouMi Live, Baidu Sports and NetEase Sports.

Legend FC fighters will not only be receiving bespoke, OPRO Custom-Fit mouthguards. OPRO will also work with Legend FC partner gyms to provide members with access to their award-winning product line at reduced prices.

The partnership comes at an exciting time with MMA being widely recognised as one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. OPRO sports marketing director Daniel Lovat said, “At OPRO HQ we’ve had ambitious international expansion plans for some time now.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to announce our partnership with Legend FC who have made huge strides in helping to grow MMA in Asia,” Lovat continued. “OPRO have a number of high-profile partnerships in place within the world of combat sports and it’s truly very exciting to be able to include Legend FC in that line up.”

Legend FC chairman Matthew Kwok said it was a privilege to work with OPRO as Legend FC extends the reach of MMA in China. He pointed out, “Legend Fighting Championship has exciting plans in place over the next 12 months and we are proud to take this journey with amazing partners like OPRO.”

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‘Legend FC 13’ in Macau: Knockout artist Liu Lianjie to face top submission specialist Yuan Chunbo

Yuan Chunbo, Liu Lian Jie

Legend Fighting Championship, a pioneer of mixed martial arts in Asia, will mark its return to Macau at the prestigious MGM Theater on September 14, 2019. Knockout artist Liu Lianjie will meet China’s top submission specialist Yuan Chunbo in a main event thriller.

Hailing from Southeast China and living in Beijing, Liu is a veteran of Chinese MMA. Trained at the famed Shaolin Temple, he has gone on to establish himself as a knockout artist with aggressive ground-and-pound, fast hands and a solid wrestling pedigree.

Liu comes to “Legend FC 13” on a three-fight win streak. His most recent victory is a split-decision win over Du Li Le at “Legend FC 12” in Guangzhou, China.

Also at “Legend FC 12,” Yuan defeated rising star Yi Zha with an impressive heel hook submission that had Yi limping out of the cage before the second round. On the other hand, Yuan, who hails from China’s Northeast and lives in Guangzhou, had barely broken a sweat.

Further down the card, decorated MMA and Sanda fighter Tenglige will make his debut inside the Legend FC Bafang against Yi Zha, who will be looking for redemption after a tough loss at “Legend FC 12.” Legend FC is also pleased to announce a four-man 80kg Sanda Tournament to bring the striking art of Sanda to the world stage.

In the first semi-final of the night, highly entertaining striker Yang Zhanwang returns to meet Aerdake Apaer, a wresting wizard who hails from the ethnic region of Xinjiang, China. The second semi-final sees Sichuan native Yu Jianhong face famed kickboxer Chang Juncheng and both men are coming off impressive wins at “Legend FC 12.”

The tournament semi-finals will follow modified Legend FC Sanda rules. Winners will then meet in the finals under full Legend FC MMA rules, allowing athletes to pursue attacks on a grounded opponent.

“We’re always looking for exciting athletes and exciting new ways to present competition,” Legend FC chairman Matthew Kwok said. “Legend FC has an amazing track record of unearthing some of the best talent in Asia and we are incredibly proud to continue this tradition as we head into the next round of events.”

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