The Asia League Summer Super 8 is back for a second edition, again featuring eight elite Asian teams: two from China, two from South Korea, one from Japan and one from Chinese Taipei.
Last year, the Super 8 tournament hosted teams from the premier leagues in East Asia, with the Shenzhen Leopards and the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), the Ryukyu Golden Kings and the Chiba Jets from Japan’s B-League, Goyang Orion Orions and Seoul Samsung Thunders from the Korean Basketball League (KBL), and Pauian Archiland and the Fubon Braves from Taiwan’s Super Basketball League (SBL).
The Philippine basketball federation had intended to participate in the 2017 event but later decided to pull out. This year, the organizers have announced that there will be two Filipino teams, one being Blackwater Elite from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Meanwhile, ASEAN Basketball League club Formosa Dreamers will be the lone representative from Chinese Taipei. They will join Blackwater from the Philippines, Xinjiang Flying Tigers and Guangzhou Long Lions from China, Incheon Electroland Elephants and the returning Seoul Samsung Thunders from Korea, and Japan’s B-league Division II Champions Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka. The other Filipino club has been rumored to be San Miguel Alab Pilipinas from the ABL, but team officials have since confirmed they will not be participating.
Teams will be divided into two groups of four, playing a round-robin within their group. The top two teams from each group will then advance to the semi-final knock-out round. The top two teams will compete for the championship, while the two eliminated teams will battle for third.
Unlike last year, there will be no foreign imports for this year’s event.
The Asia League Summer Super 8 tournament will be held at the Macao East Asian Games Dome in Macau, SAR from July 17-22.