Five reasons to follow the FIBA U16 Asia Championship Semi-Finals
FOSHAN (FIBA U16 Asia Championship) - The FIBA U16 Asia Championship Quarter-Finals are going to being this afternoon, and here are five awesome reasons to get hyped about it.
1 - Oceania rivals meet again
Australia and New Zealand have obviously had a lot of battles in the past, but now they're in a new context, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in their first clash in U16 Asia history. There are great players on both sides, of course, like Kobe Williamson and Wani Swaka Lo Buluk for the Crocs and Mitch Dance and Tom Cowie for the Junior Tall Blacks. Australia are favored, yes, but they should not so easily overlook their dangerous rivals.
2 - Battle of the giants
When China and Philippines tip off, it'll be a battle of the giants between China's Jiao Boqiao and Philippines' Kai Sotto. Both are among the tallest players here in Foshan, and both made quite the impact in the Quarter-Finals yesterday, setting up what should be a titanic clash in the middle today. Their production will be crucial in determining who advances to the Final, and since these are two guys with the potential to not only be part of their respective national teams but maybe even the NBA one day, this matchup is surely one to watch.
3 - Will China's Sun rise?
Sun Haoqin has been one of the most prolific scorers in this tournament, and that's despite his being one of the youngest players out there. He played nearly the entire game yesterday against Lebanon, and it stands to reason he will play a ton here against the Philippines, too. He will certainly be a marked man, though, and it will be interesting to see if he can still put up big numbers even as the Filipinos try their best to put the clamps on China's scoring machine.
4 - Will Wigness finally wow us?
Tamuri Wigness carried high expectations heading into this competition, and though he has shown flashes of brilliance, he has not really made any statement game yet. The Semi-Finals may just provide a stage big enough for him to make a lot of noise, though, and if he unloads a huge production here against New Zealand, then he should cement his place among this competition's true elite players.
5 - Hey YOU can commentate the livestream!
This is maybe the best reason yet. Have you ever wanted to commentate a FIBA game? Together with http://spalk.tv, FIBA Asia are letting fans commentate the two FIBA U16 Asian Championship Semi-Finals. All you need is a computer with a mic! In addition, the best commentator will get the chance to commentate the Final on all FIBA Channels! Why not give it a try?! Check out the links below to commentate!
Commentate AUS v NZL!
Commentate CHN v PHI!