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August 2019
Storied Thai club Hitech Bangkok City eyes first trip to FIBA Asia Champions Cup
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Storied Thai club Hitech Bangkok City eyes first trip to FIBA Asia Champions Cup

BANGKOK (Thailand) - As defending champions of the Thailand Basketball League (TBL), Hitech Bangkok City will be representing Thailand at the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 Road to Final 8 - East Asia.

The Bangkok-based team has been one of the best basketball clubs in Thailand over the past two decades, winning multiple titles while regularly featuring some of the best players in Thailand. Their most recent success was winning the Thailand Basketball League, the second TBL title in franchise history.

The club was established in 1994 and took time to develop in order to become the basketball powerhouse that it is today. Through various pipelines across the country, Hitech has built a sturdy foundation of talented players that has not only resulted in current success, but is also expected to remain at the top for years to come.

Hitech are perennial contenders in the Thailand Basketball League. They have reached the Finals in all but one of the past 7 seasons, celebrating their first title back in 2013. Hitech’s recent championship came in their 3rd consecutive trip to the title round, finally overcoming archrivals and previous 3-time defending champs Mono Vampire. The club’s success has also reached out to the regional level as well, having won the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) in 2011 and 2014.

In the past, Hitech has featured some of the best of Thailand such as the likes of Attaporn Lertmalaiporn and Piyapong Piroon. Today’s current roster remains the same, with national team regulars like Nattakarn Meungboon, Chanatip Jakrawan, and Patipan Klahan all ready to suit up and win for the proud Thai team.

(Chanatip Jakrawan with the Thailand National team)

If Hitech is able to qualify to the Final 8 round of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019, it will be their first appearance ever in the final stage. They could also become the 5th Thai team to play in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, following Bangkok Bank (1984), Thai Union (1992), Bangkok Club (1998), and Mono Vampire Basketball Club (2017, 2018).

(Featured Photo Credit: Kuk Thew Photography)