Wednesday, December 15, 1999

CBA LAUNCH MILLENNIUM SERIES IN JANUARY

In the middle of its re-structure period, the CBA manages to schedule an short experimental season to test the market and keep local basketball rolling. Yesterday (December 14) the league officially named the short season "The Millennium Series" and released its 38-game schedule. The opening game will tipoff on January 1, 2000, with three-time champion Hongkuo Elephants visiting Yulon Dinos.

The series applies a double-round robin format with each team playing all other opponents twice, which means each team will play 10 games in the preliminary round. The top four teams advance to the crossover best-of-three semifinals. The winners will meet in the best-of-five Finals. All games will be played in Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium(main venue) in Taipei and Taipei County Gymnasium in Panchiao.

Only one import player is allowed to play in any single game. However, teams can keep as many as they want. As far as I know, Hongkuo has brought back Joe Temple and Rex Manu, while Matt Bryant is back to practice with Mars, his former team. Bryant will play as a local player because he's half Taiwanese. Jack Mai, the general manager of Luckipar Panthers, will replace Lee Chin Chee, who was fired months ago, and work as a GM-interim headcoach.

The Millennium Series is the first games hosted by the CBA since Elite Four Tournament back in July. Although the league held re-structure meetings from time to time. There's no any significant positive improvement. Whether or not the league will re-open its season in March is still a big question mark.

SERIES SCHEDULE
No Date Time Matchup(Road Team-Home Team)
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01 0101 1630 Hongkuo-Yulon
02 0102 1630 Luckipar-Mars
03 0104 1830 Yulon-Luckipar
04 0105 1830 Hongkuo-Hongfu
05 0106 1830 Mars-Dacin
06 0114 1830 Hongfu-Mars
07 0115 1630 Luckipar-Hongkuo
08 0116 1630 Yulon-Dacin
09 0121 1830 Mars-Yulon
10 0122 1630 Dacin-Hongkuo
11 0128 1830 Luckipar-Dacin
12 0129 1630 Hongkuo-Mars
13 0211 1830 Hongfu-Yulon
14 0212 1630 Hongkuo-Luckipar
15 0213 1630 Dacin-Mars
16 0216 1830 Hongfu-Dacin
17 0217 1830 Mars-Luckipar
18 0218 1830 Yulon-Hongkuo
19 0225 1830 Mars-Hongfu
20 0226 1630 Hongkuo-Dacin
21 0227 1630 Luckipar-Yulon
22 0228 1630 Dacin-Hongfu
23 0301 1830 Yulon-Mars
24 0302 1830 Hongfu-Hongkuo
25 0303 1830 Dacin-Luckipar
26 0310 1830 Dacin-Yulon
27 0311 1630 Luckipar-Hongfu
28 0312 1630 Mars-Hongkuo
29 0316 1830 Semifinal
30 0317 1830 Semifinal
31 0320 1830 Semifinal
32 0321 1830 Semifinal
33 0322 1830 Semifinal
34 0325 1630 Final
35 0326 1630 Final
36 0328 1830 Final
37 0329 1830 Final
38 0331 1830 Final

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