Today's FIBA Asia Champions Cup Games: Saturday 8 October
CHENZHOU (FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2016) - The FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2016 in Chenzhou-Hunan, China is upon us with ten teams vying for the right to be called best club team in the continent.
Here are the four games that will be played on opening day.
Both of these squads would love to start their campaigns with a bang, and the only way to do that is to book a win on Day 1. Al Ahli should be the favorite here with Samuel Young and Cheikh Samb at the forefront, while Barsy Atyrau will lean on Trevin Parks and a host of national team members led by Pavel Ilin and Mikhail Yevstignevey.
Defending champions Iran have sent powerhouse Petrochimi to try and bring home their sixth title, but the injury to star player Mohammad Jamshidi has giventhem a big blow. Still, with Oshin Sahakian and Behnam Yakhchali in tow as well as imports James White and Gerald Robinson, Jr., the Iranians should still enjoy an edge over the Quincy-Davis-led Pauian quintet.
These are two of the most storied clubs in West Asia, and this collision promises to be very exciting. The Qataris have a few rising stars who are expected to have breakout performances here, while Riyadi will lean on the iconic Fadi El Khatib along with Nigerian reinforcement Alade Aminu and recent replacement Dewarwick Spencer. This is a match up of two of the deepest teams in the field, and it should be a great treat for the fans.
The home team will be the favorites against the Iraqis, who have a sprinkling of national team talent and a couple of good imports in DeAndre Rice and Justin Hawkins. Zhou Qi and Andray Blatche will be very tough to handle up front, though, and they’ll be backstopped by top tier Chinese shooters Li Gen and Makan Kelanbaike. Al Shorta will need nothing short of a very strong performance to have a shot at beating the Chinese.