FIBA Asia Championship

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FIBA Asia Cup
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2017 FIBA Asia Cup
Formerly FIBA Asia Championship
Sport Basketball
Founded 1960
Inaugural season 1960
No. of teams 16
Country FIBA Asia member nations
Continent FIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
champion(s)
 China (16th title)
Most titles  China (16 titles)
Official website FIBA Asia

The FIBA Asia Cup (formerly FIBA Asia Championship) is an international basketball tournament which takes place every two years between men's national teams of Asia. This was the Asian qualifying tournament for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Olympic basketball tournament. The 2013 and 2015 was the last Asian Championship to serve as qualifiers to the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Olympic Games.

The 2015 FIBA Asia Championship was the last Asian Championship to be held as starting in 2017, it will be renamed as the FIBA Asia Cup and will now feature teams from FIBA Oceania.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

The Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) Championship was inaugurated in Manila in 1960. The championship was held to find Asia's best team and for qualification to the World Championship and the Olympics. On the next four tournaments, the Philippines won 3 with the Japanese beating the Filipinos on 1965. Korea, Japan and the Philippines split the next 3 championships until China debuted on 1975 at Bangkok with the championship, where they've dominated ever since.

Chinese dominance[edit]

From 1975 to 2007, there were only two instances where China didn't win the championship. In 1985, the Philippines defeated a full-strength Chinese team, which were by then five-time defending champions, in the championship round. The Chinese then won every game in the championship until 1997, where they to lost to South Korea in the semifinals where they complained about the climate in Riyadh. The Koreans beat the Japanese in the final, but the Chinese would then start a championship streak of four tournaments, led by Yao Ming.

Renaming[edit]

By 2005, the tournament had been renamed as the FIBA Asia Championship; in that year's tournament in Doha, the Chinese easily won against the Lebanese in the final. During the 2007 Championship, the Chinese did not send their "A" team since they had already qualified to the Olympics by virtue of hosting it. In this championship, West Asian teams started to compete with the traditional East Asian powers, as evidenced of an all-West Asian final when Iran defeated Lebanon. In 2009, Iran defeated the Chinese team A in the 2009 final to become only the 3rd team to successfully defend the championship. The 2009 championship started a streak of finals contested between a team from the Middle East and a team from the Far East; in 2011, Iran was eliminated by Jordan in the quarterfinals, which would then lose to hosts China by one point in the final. The 2013 Championship would be the first to be hosted outside East Asia since 2005 in the Philippines, the hosts, emerged as finalists; China had been eliminated by Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals, which were then defeated by the Iranians, who then beat the Filipinos in the Final.

Removal of qualification status[edit]

As FIBA implemented a new cycle and tournament format, the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship held in Manila and the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship held in Changsha were the last Asian Championships to serve as qualification either to the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Olympic Games. The 2017 FIBA Asia Championship will mark firsts and lasts for the Asian Championship, this will be the first Asian Championship as a standalone tournament (meaning will not serve as qualifier either for the Basketball World Cup or the Olympic Games). The 2017 Tournament will also expected to be the last Asian Championships to be ever held and under a 2-year cycle. Starting 2017, the Asian Championships and the FIBA Oceania Championship will merge into a one tournament to be known as the FIBA Asia Cup. It will be held every 4-years like the EuroBasket, AfroBasket and Americas Championship.

Qualification[edit]

Qualification is via the different FIBA Asia subzones. The East, Gulf, Southeast and West subzones receive two berths each, while the Central and South zones get one each. The host and the champion from the preceding FIBA Asia Cup also get a berth each. Each subzone conducts a qualification tournament up to a year before the championship to determine the qualifying teams. The other four berths are distributed to the subzones in reference to their performance in the previous year's FIBA Asia Cup, with the subzone receiving an extra berth for each team in the top four excluding the champion and the host.

Tournament format[edit]

There had been a variety of tournament formats used before. Most were similar to the current format of two group stages and a knockout stage. The current format, as first applied in 2009, is a multistage tournament. The 16 teams are grouped in four groups in the preliminary round. The teams play against each other once; the top three teams advance to the second round, where they're grouped into two groups of six teams, and they'll play three more teams from another preliminary round group once each. The top four teams in the second round advance to the final round, which is a single elimination tournament.

Teams eliminated in the preliminary round play in a single-elimination tournament for 13th place, while those out of the second round play for 9th place. There are also classification games for teams eliminated in the final round for 5th place.

Summary[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Game
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
1960
Details
Philippines
Manila

Philippines
No playoffs
Taiwan

Japan
No playoffs
South Korea
1963
Details
Taiwan
Taipei

Philippines
91–77
Taiwan

South Korea
No playoffs
Thailand
1965
Details
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Japan
No playoffs
Philippines

South Korea
No playoffs
Thailand
1967
Details
South Korea
Seoul

Philippines
No playoffs
South Korea

Japan
No playoffs
Indonesia
1969
Details
Thailand
Bangkok

South Korea
No playoffs
Japan

Philippines
No playoffs
Taiwan
1971
Details
Japan
Tokyo

Japan
No playoffs
Philippines

South Korea
No playoffs
Taiwan
1973
Details
Philippines
Manila

Philippines
No playoffs
South Korea

Taiwan
No playoffs
Japan
1975
Details
Thailand
Bangkok

China
No playoffs
Japan

South Korea
No playoffs
India
1977
Details
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

China
No playoffs
South Korea

Japan
No playoffs
Malaysia
1979
Details
Japan
Nagoya

China
No playoffs
Japan

South Korea
No playoffs
Philippines
1981
Details
India
Kolkata

China
No playoffs
South Korea

Japan
No playoffs
Philippines
1983
Details
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

China
95–71
Japan

South Korea
83–60
Kuwait
1985
Details
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Philippines
No playoffs
South Korea

China
No playoffs
Malaysia
1987
Details
Thailand
Bangkok

China
86–79
OT

South Korea

Japan
89–75
Philippines
1989
Details
China
Beijing

China
102–72
South Korea

Chinese Taipei
69–58
Japan
1991
Details
Japan
Kobe

China
104–88
South Korea

Japan
63–60
Chinese Taipei
1993
Details
Indonesia
Jakarta

China
93–72
North Korea

South Korea
86–70
Iran
1995
Details
South Korea
Seoul

China
87–78
South Korea

Japan
69–63
Chinese Taipei
1997
Details
Saudi Arabia
Riyadh

South Korea
78–76
Japan

China
94–68
Saudi Arabia
1999
Details
Japan
Fukuoka

China
63–45
South Korea

Saudi Arabia
93–67
Chinese Taipei
2001
Details
China
Shanghai

China
97–63
Lebanon

South Korea
95–94
OT

Syria
2003
Details
China
Harbin

China
106–96
South Korea

Qatar
77–67
Lebanon
2005
Details
Qatar
Doha

China
77–61
Lebanon

Qatar
89–77
South Korea
2007
Details
Japan
Tokushima

Iran
74–69
Lebanon

South Korea
80–76
Kazakhstan
2009
Details
China
Tianjin

Iran
70–52
China

Jordan
80–66
Lebanon
2011
Details
China
Wuhan

China
70–69
Jordan

South Korea
70–68
Philippines
2013
Details
Philippines
Manila

Iran
85–71
Philippines

South Korea
75–57
Chinese Taipei
2015
Details
China
Changsha

China
78–67
Philippines

Iran
68–63
Japan

Medal table[edit]

Map of the countries' best results.
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China 16 1 2 19
2  Philippines 5 4 1 10
3  Iran 3 0 1 4
4  South Korea 2 11 11 24
5  Japan 2 5 7 14
6  Lebanon 0 3 0 3
7  Chinese Taipei 0 2 2 4
8  Jordan 0 1 1 2
9  North Korea 0 1 0 1
10  Qatar 0 0 2 2
11  Saudi Arabia 0 0 1 1
Total 28 28 28 84

MVP awards[edit]

FIBA Asia Championship is located in Asia
Manila
Manila
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Seoul
Seoul
Bangkok
Bangkok
Taipei
Taipei
Kolkata
Kolkata
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Beijing
Beijing
Jakarta
Jakarta
Riyadh
Riyadh
Shanghai
Shanghai
Harbin
Harbin
Doha
Doha
Tianjin
Tianjin
Wuhan
Wuhan
Changsha
Changsha
Host cities, outside Japan, of the championships. Cities denoted by blue pogs had hosted more than once.
FIBA Asia Championship is located in Japan
Tokyo
Tokyo
Nagoya
Nagoya
Kobe
Kobe
Fukuoka
Fukuoka
Tokushima
Tokushima
Host cities within Japan of the championships.
Year MVP Team
1960 Carlos Badion  Philippines
1983 Guo Yonglin  China
1985 Allan Caidic  Philippines
1987 Lee Chung-hee  South Korea
1995 Hur Jae  South Korea
1997 Chun Hee-chul  South Korea
1999 Hu Weidong  China
2001 Yao Ming  China
2003 Yao Ming  China
2005 Yao Ming  China
2007 Hamed Haddadi  Iran
2009 Hamed Haddadi  Iran
2011 Yi Jianlian  China
2013 Hamed Haddadi  Iran
2015 Yi Jianlian  China

Tournament leaders[edit]

  • Stats for tournaments from 2007 and beyond.[1][2]
  • Minimum of five games played (GP).

All-time[edit]

Highest scoring averages[edit]

Rank Player Team GP Pts PPG Tournaments
1 Michael Madanly  Syria 7 232 33.1 Japan 2007
2 Sani Sakakini  Palestine 8 179 22.4 China 2015
3 Jamal Abu-Shamala  Palestine 8 172 21.5 China 2015
4 Fadi El Khatib  Lebanon 17 339 19.9 Japan 2007, China 2009
5 Rasheim Wright  Jordan 26 504 19.4 Japan 2007, China 2009, China 2011
6 Andray Blatche  Philippines 9 160 17.8 China 2015
7 Joe Vogel  Lebanon 8 139 17.4 Japan 2007
8 Alex Legion  Jordan 8 138 17.3 China 2015
9 Trey Johnson  Qatar 9 148 16.4 China 2015
10 Sam Hoskin  Lebanon 9 147 16.3 China 2011

Cumulative top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Team GP Pts PPG
1 Hamed Haddadi  Iran 44 649 14.8
2 Samad Nikkhah Bahrami  Iran 44 615 14.0
3 Yi Jianlian  China 36 551 15.3
5 Rasheim Wright  Jordan 26 504 19.4
4 Mehdi Kamrani  Iran 44 436 9.9
6 Hamed Afagh  Iran 44 433 9.8
7 Anton Ponomarev  Kazakhstan 33 414 12.5
8 Lin Chih-chieh  Chinese Taipei 40 394 9.9
9 Saad Abdulrahman  Qatar 37 386 10.4
10 Kosuke Takeuchi  Japan 32 363 11.3
Kim Joo-sung  South Korea 35 363 10.4

Per tournament[edit]

Points[edit]

Year Player Team GP Pts PPG
2007 Michael Madanly  Syria 7 232 33.1
2009 Rasheim Wright  Jordan 9 186 20.7
2011 Marcus Douthit  Philippines 9 197 21.9
2013 Hamed Haddadi  Iran 9 169 18.8
2015 Sani Sakakini  Palestine 8 179 22.4

Rebounds[edit]

Year Player Team GP Reb RPG
2007 Wissam Yakoub  Syria 7 74 10.6
2009 Hamed Haddadi  Iran 9 118 13.1
2011 Marcus Douthit  Philippines 9 110 12.2
2013 Hamed Haddadi  Iran 9 90 10.0
2015 Sani Sakakini  Palestine 8 101 12.6

Assists[edit]

Year Player Team GP Ast APG
2007 Sambhaji Kadam  India 7 28 4.0
2009 Samad Nikkhah Bahrami  Iran 9 43 4.8
2011 Mario Wuysang  Indonesia 5 32 6.4
2013 Mehdi Kamrani  Iran 9 59 6.6
2015 Imad Qahwash  Palestine 8 48 6.0

Participating nations[edit]

20th century[edit]

Nation Philippines
1960
Taiwan
1963
Malaysia
1965
South Korea
1967
Thailand
1969
Japan
1971
Philippines
1973
Thailand
1975
Malaysia
1977
Japan
1979
India
1981
Hong Kong
1983
Malaysia
1985
Thailand
1987
China
1989
Japan
1991
Indonesia
1993
South Korea
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Japan
1999
 Bahrain 12th 12th 13th 15th 10th 12th
 Bangladesh 13th 15th 18th 15th
 China 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st
 Chinese Taipei 2nd 2nd 5th 5th 4th 4th 3rd 6th 5th 3rd 4th 5th 4th 6th 4th
 Hong Kong 5th 6th 8th 9th 9th 9th 11th 9th 10th 11th 10th 7th 13th 14th 13th 11th 13th 15th 14th 13th
 India 7th 6th 5th 6th 6th 4th 7th 5th 5th 6th 10th 6th 6th 13th 13th 11th
 Indonesia 6th 4th 8th 10th 13th 12th 11th 12th 14th 14th 12th 18th 12th
 Iran 5th 8th 5th 8th 5th 6th 4th 10th 8th
 Iraq 6th 8th 9th
 Japan 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 4th 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 5th 3rd 4th 3rd 7th 3rd 2nd 5th
 Jordan 8th 9th 10th 8th 10th 17th 7th
 Kazakhstan 5th 13th
 Kuwait 12th 4th 12th 9th 11th 6th
 Kyrgyzstan 8th
 Lebanon 7th
 Macau 15th 15th
 Malaysia 7th 5th 6th 8th 7th 5th 9th 8th 4th 7th 6th 11th 4th 7th 9th 17th 14th 14th 15th
 North Korea 5th 2nd
 Pakistan 8th 12th 11th 9th 6th 9th 13th 14th 10th 17th
 Palestine
 Philippines 1st 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 5th 5th 4th 4th 9th 1st 4th 8th 7th 11th 12th 9th 11th
 Qatar 16th
 Saudi Arabia 7th 9th 6th 6th 4th 3rd
 Singapore 7th 9th 10th 8th 10th 7th 11th 10th 11th 14th 12th 11th 11th 10th 16th
 South Korea 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd
 Sri Lanka 13th 14th 12th 15th 18th 19th
 Syria 8th
 Thailand 4th 4th 7th 6th 7th 7th 6th 8th 9th 7th 10th 7th 8th 12th 15th 16th 14th
 United Arab Emirates 8th 9th 5th 10th
 Uzbekistan 7th 9th
 Vietnam 8th 10th
Total 7 8 10 10 9 9 12 13 14 13 12 15 15 15 15 18 18 19 15 15

21st century[edit]

Nation China
2001
China
2003
Qatar
2005
Japan
2007
China
2009
China
2011
Philippines
2013
China
2015
Years
 Bahrain 15th 12th 8
 Bangladesh 4
 China 1st 1st 1st 10th 2nd 1st 5th 1st 21
 Chinese Taipei 7th 11th 9th 6th 5th 8th 4th 13th 23
 Hong Kong 11th 13th 15th 13th 10th 12th 26
 India 8th 8th 12th 15th 13th 14th 11th 8th 24
 Indonesia 14th 12th 15th 13th 17
 Iran 5th 6th 1st 1st 5th 1st 3rd 16
 Iraq 3
 Japan 6th 6th 5th 8th 10th 7th 9th 4th 27
 Jordan 10th 7th 5th 3rd 2nd 7th 9th 14
 Kazakhstan 7th 10th 4th 9th 8th 11th 8
 Kuwait 12th 12th 13th 14th 11th 14th 12
 Kyrgyzstan 1
 Lebanon 2nd 4th 2nd 2nd 4th 6th 5th 7
 Macau 2
 Malaysia 16th 16th 11th 15th 16th 24
 North Korea 2
 Pakistan 10
 Palestine 10th 1
 Philippines 15th 9th 8th 4th 2nd 2nd 26
 Qatar 5th 3rd 3rd 7th 6th 16th 6th 7th 9
 Saudi Arabia 8th 13th 8
 Singapore 14th 15th 17
 South Korea 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd 7th 3rd 3rd 6th 28
 Sri Lanka 16th 7
 Syria 4th 9th 11th 9th 5
 Thailand 13th 14th 19
 United Arab Emirates 10th 16th 12th 10th 8
 Uzbekistan 9th 14th 11th 14th 12th 7
 Vietnam 2
Total 14 16 16 16 16 16 15 16

General statistics[edit]

All-time statistics, as of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

Team Played Won Lost  %Won
 Bahrain 59 20 39 33.90%
 Bangladesh 25 0 25 0.00%
 China 167 155 12 92.81%
 Chinese Taipei 184 113 71 61.41%
 Hong Kong 191 53 138 27.75%
 India 172 71 101 41.28%
 Indonesia 116 32 84 27.59%
 Iran 124 82 42 66.13%
 Iraq 25 13 12 52.00%
 Japan 212 141 71 66.51%
 Jordan 105 56 49 53.33%
 Kazakhstan 61 28 33 45.90%
 Kuwait 84 29 55 34.52%
 Kyrgyzstan 8 3 5 37.50%
 Lebanon 66 40 26 60.61%
 Macau 12 0 12 0.00%
 Malaysia 175 59 116 33.71%
 North Korea 14 10 4 71.43%
 Pakistan 73 21 52 28.77%
 Palestine 8 4 4 50.00%
 Philippines 205 136 69 66.34%
 Qatar 69 36 33 52.17%
 Saudi Arabia 57 29 28 50.88%
 Singapore 128 36 91 28.13%
 South Korea 229 177 52 77.29%
 Sri Lanka 46 0 46 0.00%
 Syria 35 15 20 42.86%
 Thailand 145 57 88 39.31%
 United Arab Emirates 56 22 34 39.29%
 Uzbekistan 45 17 28 37.78%
 Vietnam 17 1 16 5.88%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Archive", FIBA.com, 2015-10-03, retrieved 2015-10-13 
  2. ^ "FIBA Archive: highest scoring average in FIBA Asia Championship", FIBA.com, 2015-10-03, retrieved 2015-10-14 

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