Summer Super 8 is an annual tournament organized in collaboration with the Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government which features 8 club teams from Asia Pacific to come together and battle for the tournament title. The event does not allow teams to field foreign imports. It offers a new platform for coaches and teams to develop youth talent and strengthen their rosters.
The 2018 event was held at the Macao East Asia Super League Games Dome from 17-22 July, with Guangzhou Long Lions from CBA taking the title over the Seoul Samsung Thunders with a final score of 78-72. Ju Minxin was named the tournament MVP scoring 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds in the championship game. Incheon Electroland Elephants placed third after defeating the NLEX Road Warriors 67-62 in the Semifinal Match-up.
The tournament hosted eight of Asia’s top teams: Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers and Guangzhou Long Lions from CBA (China), ETLAND Elephants and Seoul Samsung Thunders from KBL (South Korea), Blackwater Elite and NLEX Road Warriors from PBA (Philippines), Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka from B.LEAGUE (Japan), and Formosa Dreamers from ABL (Chinese Taipei).
Participating teams are divided into two groups of four, each playing every team in their group. The top two teams from each group advance to the Semi-Finals in an elimination round. The two winning teams from this stage will compete for the Summer Super 8 championship, while the two eliminated teams compete for third place
The Macao East Asian Games Dome is the largest sports infrastructure in Macao. In addition to an impressively large and magnificent dome, it features an expansive green outdoor area where over a hundred species of plants grow. It has not only become Macao’s new architectural landmark but a new sightseeing and recreational area for residents and tourists. The Dome mainly comprises the four separate parts of the Arena, Theatre, Exhibition Centre, and Macao International Convention Centre. They are now used as training bases for various sports programmes. In enriching the sports life of Macao residents, the Dome also represents a new milestone for the organisation of major cultural, entertainment and recreational activities in Macao.