|A selection from the PBA D-League will represent the Philippines in The Terrific 12. PBA Media Bureau (file photo)|
By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA--A group consisting of the top players from the PBA D-League Foundation Cup will represent the Philippines in the Asia League Terrific 12 tournament that will take on Sept. 18-23 at the Macao East Asia Games Dome in Macau.
Initially, the Philippines, through the PBA, was given two spots for the tournament, but with the Governors' Cup still ongoing by the time the second part of the tournament series organized by the Asia League commences, the latter agreed to bring in the D-League All-Stars, who will play under the name Ieco Green Warriors.
Seoul-Samsung and Xinjiang, which played in the Summer Super 8 tournament against PBA clubs Blackwater and NLEX, will return for the Terrific 12.
Completing the cast are B. League clubs Chiba, Nagoya, and Ryukyu, Chinese Basketball Association's Guangzhou, Shandong, and Zhejiang, KBL's Ulsan, and SBL's Fubon and Yulon.
The Green Warriors will take on the Golden Kings on Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. before battling the Flying Tigers on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
The top teams from each of the four three-squad groups will enter the knockout semifinals on Sept. 22 with the winners battling in the final the night after.
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