FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 is coming to Bangkok in September
BANGKOK (Thailand) – After the successful event in 2018, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 is coming back to Thailand this year.
Featuring some of the best professional clubs in Asia, the competitiveness of each team will be tested on September 24 to 29 in the capital. The capital Bangkok has been a prime location for basketball as of recent, serving as the location for the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup as well as the East Asia Qualifier for the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019.
In 2018, the country also hosted two big basketball events in Nonthaburi: FIBA Asia Champions Cup and FIBA U18 Asian Championship.
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Alvark Tokyo (Japan) of the B.League are the only team to return from last year’s competition. The 2018 finalists went on an inspiring run all the way to the championship game before being slightly edged out, 68-64 by Iran’s Petrochimi. Alvark were able to repeat as B.league champions this season, giving them a shot at redemption during this year’s event, said FIBA on its website.
Last year, Ulsan Mobis (Korea) and Guangdong Southern Tigers (China) did not play in the Asia Champions Cup but have qualified to the Final 8 this year as their respective league champions.
Hitech Bangkok City (Thailand) are the representatives of the host nation and will be making their Asia Champions Cup debut along with the Fubon Braves (Chinese-Taipei), both having qualified out of the East Asia Qualifiers, said FIBA.
Other teams that will have the chance to play this year will be revealed in the coming days.
A 200,000 USD prize money awaits the winner of the FIBA Asia Champions, followed by 150,000 USD and 100,000 USD for the 2nd and 3rd placed teams, respectively.
All eight teams will be shouldering not only the pride of their historic clubs but the pride of their nations as well when the tournament tips off. Don’t miss a single second of the action and tune in to the social media accounts of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.
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