Now that San Miguel Beer has taken home the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Trophy from TNT, the two Finals protagonists will rekindle their rivalry in a foreign tournament. They will be joined by Blackwater Elite in a 12-team competition that will also include ball clubs from China, Japan and South Korea.
Dubbed The Terrific 12, the FIBA-recognized basketball tournament East Asia Super League features three clubs from the Chinese Basketball Association, four from the B.LEAGUE in Japan, two from the Korean Basketball League and three from the Philippine Basketball Association. It will be held at the Tap Seac Multisports Pavilion in Macao from September 17-22, 2019.
SMB, TNT and Blackwater Elite are among the participating teams in the EASL. Also participating in Asia’s premier basketball tournament are the Liaoning Flying Leopards, the Shenzhen Aviators and the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions from China, the Chiba Jets, the Niigata Albirex, the Ryukyu Golden Kings and the Utsunomiya Brex from Japan and the Jeonju KCC Egis and the Seoul SK Knights from Korea.
A total of 16 games total will be played in three stages, which are the Group Stage, Semi-Finals and Finals to crown the 2019 champion. In the Group Stage, clubs will be divided into four groups of three, with each team playing two games.
The top team from each group will advance to compete in the Semi-Finals following a rest day on September 20, 2019. The champion will be awarded US$ 150,000, the runner- up will be awarded US$ 100,000 and third place will be awarded US$ 50,000.
The EASL started in Macao with eight teams participating in Summer Super 8 in 2017. In 2018, the number of teams grew to 12 and began to be known as the Terrific 12 where the Philippines was represented by a PBA D-League selection called the iECO Green Warriors.
In 2019, the PBA’s top two teams and quarter finalist Blackwater Elite will add more punch to the Philippine representation. Meanwhile, here is a 2019 EASL clip:
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