San Miguel Beermen trump defending champs Ryukyu Golden Kings; Seoul SK Knights shoot down Chiba Jets
[Macao SAR – September 19, 2019] —“East Asia Super League – The Terrific 12,” co-organized by Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government and Asia League Limited (Asia league), has concluded its second day at Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavilion. After three days of competition, on September 21, four teams—the Korean Basketball League (KBL)’s Seoul SK Knights, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)’s San Miguel Beermen, and Chinese Basketball Association (CBA)’s Zhejiang Guangsha Lions and Liaoning Flying Leopards will enter the semifinals.
At 3pm, the first game of the day unfolded between the Niigata Albirex Basketball and TNT KaTropa. The teams jostled for the lead, with the point differential hanging at around one to two points in the fourth quarter. In the end, TNT KaTropa capitalized on their opponents’ errors to score, gaining a 99-90 victory, finally settling spirited match in the final minute. TNT KaTropa’s foreign import player KJ McDaniels was a force of nature, gaining 47 points and 17 rebounds, becoming the driving force in his team’s victory. Roger Pogoy also put up 27 points, five rebounds, and five steals, while Almond Vosotros scored 12 points. On Niigata Albirex Basketball, foreign import Nick Perkins punched in 34 points and 12 rebounds, while Kei Igarashi scored 17 points and Yuichi Ikeda 16. As both teams previously lost to the CBA’s Liaoning Flying Leopards, this game was a matter of honor. Niigata Albirex Basketball left this The Terrific 12 with two straight losses.
At 5pm, the second game saw the Chiba Jets and the Seoul SK Knights lock horns to claim the title of Group A champion, both having defeated the PBA’s Blackwater Elite previously. As the Jets whipped Blackwater Elite by a 40-point margin yesterday, the winner of this match would advance to the semifinals. In the end, the Seoul SK Knights won the right to head to the Final Four, besting the Jets 86-76. The Knights proved to be more formidable, with four players achieving double-digit points, including eye-catching foreign import players Jameel Warney and Aaron Haynes. The two both ticked off 25 points and had a combined 18 rebounds. Seoul captain Kim Sun Hyung had 13 points, three rebounds and five assists, while An Young Jun had 11 points and four rebounds. On the Jets, Josh Duncan pulled out 27 points and ten rebounds, while all-star Yuki Togashi, Michael Parker had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Nick Mayo had ten points and seven rebounds.
At 7pm, the third game tipped off between PBA powerhouse the San Miguel Beermen and defending The Terrific 12 champions the Ryukyu Golden Kings. After a devastating 38-point loss to the Shenzhen Aviators on Day Two, Ryukyu was fighting for honor. The match ended in a 102-92 Beermen victory, pushing them to the top of their pool with two consecutive victories as they enter the semifinals. The Beermen kept the upper hand throughout. New foreign import player Dezmine Wells was San Miguel’s secret weapon, racking up 42 points, six rebounds, and hitting four three-pointers. Golden boy Terrence Romeo sank a cool 18 points and four assists, excelling in the first half. Lester Prosper also had 15 points and eight rebounds. On the Ryukyu Golden Kings, foreign import player Demon Brooks stood out with a solid 34 points and 11 rebounds, while Ryuichi Kishimoto scored 12 points.
In the final game, CBA titans the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions tested their strength against B.LEAGUE’s Utsunomiya Brex. After being behind for most of the game, Zhejiang turned it around in the fourth quarter to pull out a 94-90 win. Zhejiang foreign import player Jalen Reynolds was the piston behind Zhejiang’s victory, forming the crucial power behind their late game recovery. He scored 28 points and 14 rebounds, while other foreign import player Aaron Jackson performed well, claiming 14 points and 11 assists. Hu Jinqiu continued his high level of play from Zhejiang’s first game, storming through with 20 points and eight rebounds in less than 20 minutes on the court. Sun Minghui used the fourth quarter to show his mettle, taking 13 points. On Utsunomiya, foreign import player Jeff Gibbs had 18 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while Ryan Rossiter had 18 points and six assists; Makoto Hiejima 9 points; and Shuhei Kitagawa ten points. After this game, Zhejiang will move into the semifinals with a spotless record, facing off against the Seoul SK Knights.
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