Sunday, August 20, 2006

Perth Wildcats claims Asia Professional Basketball crown

Perth Wildcats beat LG Sakers 86-64 Saturday to win the inaugural Asia Professional Basketball tournament, which means the Wildcats can say they are the best pro club in Asia -- period. The Wildcats won all 8 games they've played.

In the third-place game, Taiwan NT broke the game open in the second half and beat Niigata Albirex 75-58. The game was tied 32-32 at halftime but the host ended the third quarter with a 11-2 run and cruised in the final period.

Tien Lei had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Tsun Wen-din had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Yang Che-yi and Lee Hsueh-lin each had 10 points.

Daiki Terashita led Niigata with 17 points, followed by Makoto Hasegawa's 12. Jonathan Sanders had 11 points and 12 boards.

Taiwan NT will train in the U.S. from Aug. 26 - Sep. 23 before coming back and meet Dongbu Promy, which ranked 3rd in the KBL regular season last season, in a three-game warmup series on Sep. 27, 28 and Oct. 1.