The 2011 Probation Cup Invitational Tournament will be held from Oct. 12-16 in the eastern Taiwan city of Hualien with nine teams in contention for the tourney, which is in its tenth year.
Malaysian national team, Elite Talent Exchange and seven SBL teams will be divided into two groups in the preliminary round with top four teams in each group advancing to the knock-out second round, where top two teams in each group will meet in a cross-over semifinals and the third- and fourth-ranked teams meet in 5-8 place classification games.
The Elite Talent Exchange, a US team put together by agents, is sponsored by Heins Baby Corporation. SBL teams which haven't hired imports would take this tournament as an opportunity to look at the American players.
Brackets and game schedule:
Group A: Yulon, Taiwan Mobile, Elite Talent Exchange, Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, Pure Youth
Group B: Dacin, Malaysia NT, TB, BOT
Oct. 12 (Wednesday)
Oct. 13 (Thursday)
Oct. 14 (Friday)
1930 Opening ceremony
Oct. 15 (Saturday)
1200 Game E: A3-B4
1400 Game F: B3-A4
1600 Game C: A1-B2
1800 Game D: B1-A2
Oct. 16 (Sunday)
1200 Game 7/8 place: Losers of E and F
1400 Game 5/6 place: Winners of E and F
1600 Third place Game: Losers of C and D
1800 Championship: Winners of C and D
2000 Closing ceremony
In related news, Yulon is reported testing 2.01-meter forward Kevin Johnson, who came from NCAA Division-II Humboldt State and played in Cyprus last year. Johnson averaged 7.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game with Keravnos Strovolou of the Cyprus league last season.
Taiwan Beer reportedly will test Jason McCoy, a 2.08-meter center out of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and played last year in Belarus, averaging 17.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
(Photos: China Times, Eurobasket.com)