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Everything you need to know about the FIBA Asia Cup Champions Cup 2018
BEIRUT (FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2018) - After sub-zone qualifier games, the surviving teams now enter the next round of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2018's new format.
Over in East Asia, Mono Vampire Thailand and Pelita Jaya Indonesia will join the champion of Chinese Taipei's Super Basketball League and SABA's top club team in the Road to Final 8 - East Asia. The best 2 teams of that tournament will qualify to the Final 8.
On the other side of the continent, the three GBA qualifying teams - UAE's Sharjah, Bahrain's Al Manama and Qatar's Al Arabi will join Iran's Petrochimi, Lebanon's Al Riyadi, Palestine's Sareyyet Ramallah, the best club team from Kazakhstan, and a Wild Card side in Round 1. Those 8 squads will be distributed over two separate tournaments, with the top two teams from each tournament advancing to the next round - the Road to Final 8 - West Asia. In this round, the top 2 teams will then qualify to the Final 8.
Already waiting in the Final 8 are 4 spots allocated for the best club teams from China, Japan, Korea and Philippines.
The aim behind having this new format for the continent's premier club competition is to increase its level of competition, to raise its standard and to ensure it meets the expectations of the clubs and basketball fans across Asia.
There are already four club teams returning to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup from last year's edition: Mono Vampire, Petrochimi, Sareyyet Ramallah and defending champions Al Riyadi, though none of them have qualified for the Final 8 just yet. Al Riyadi swept all their games last year and blew out 2016 champions China Kashgar in the Final, 88-59.