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

FIBA Asia Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2017 FIBA Asia Cup
FormerlyFIBA Asia Championship
SportBasketball
Founded1960
Inaugural season1960
No. of teams16
CountryFIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania member nations (from 2017)
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia) and FIBA Oceania (Oceania)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Australia (1st title)
Most titles China (16 titles)
Official websiteFIBA Asia

Beginning in 2017, the tournament was renamed the FIBA Asia Cup and now includes teams from FIBA Oceania. Also, the 2017 tournament was the first to be played on a new four-year cycle, with the next Asia Cup to be held in 2021.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Beginnings: Philippines/Japan DominanceEdit

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 dominanceEdit

From 1975 to 2007, there were only two instances where China did not 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.

RenamingEdit

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 statusEdit

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 AmeriCup, which is 2 years before/after the FIBA World Cup.

QualificationEdit

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 formatEdit

There had been a variety of tournament formats used before. Most were similar to the format of two group stages and a knockout stage. The current format, as first applied in 2017, 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 team will directly advance to the quarterfinals, and the second placed teams will play an elimination game between the third placed team of another group. The four winning teams of the elimination games will advance to the quarterfinals. After the elimination games, the knock-out phase will follow.

The classification games will be conducted as follows:

  1. 13th-16th place games are for the teams eliminated from the group phase.
  2. The 9th to 12th place games are for the losing teams of the elimination games.
  3. The 5th-8th place games are for the eliminated teams in the quarterfinals.

SummaryEdit

Year Host Final Third Place Game
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
1960
Details
 
Manila
 
Philippines
No playoffs  
China
 
Japan
No playoffs  
South Korea
1963
Details
 
Taipei
 
Philippines
91–77  
China
 
South Korea
No playoffs  
Thailand
1965
Details
 
Kuala Lumpur
 
Japan
No playoffs  
Philippines
 
South Korea
No playoffs  
Thailand
1967
Details
 
Seoul
 
Philippines
No playoffs  
South Korea
 
Japan
No playoffs  
Indonesia
1969
Details
 
Bangkok
 
South Korea
No playoffs  
Japan
 
Philippines
No playoffs  
China
1971
Details
 
Tokyo
 
Japan
No playoffs  
Philippines
 
South Korea
No playoffs  
China
1973
Details
 
Manila
 
Philippines
No playoffs  
South Korea
 
China
No playoffs  
Japan
1975
Details
 
Bangkok
 
China
No playoffs  
Japan
 
South Korea
No playoffs  
India
1977
Details
 
Kuala Lumpur
 
China
No playoffs  
South Korea
 
Japan
No playoffs  
Malaysia
1979
Details
 
Nagoya
 
China
No playoffs  
Japan
 
South Korea
No playoffs  
Philippines
1981
Details
 
Kolkata
 
China
No playoffs  
South Korea
 
Japan
No playoffs  
Philippines
1983
Details
 
Hong Kong
 
China
95–71  
Japan
 
South Korea
83–60  
Kuwait
1985
Details
 
Kuala Lumpur
 
Philippines
No playoffs  
South Korea
 
China
No playoffs  
Malaysia
1987
Details
 
Bangkok
 
China
86–79
OT
 
South Korea
 
Japan
89–75  
Philippines
1989
Details
 
Beijing
 
China
102–72  
South Korea
 
Chinese Taipei
69–58  
Japan
1991
Details
 
Kobe
 
China
104–88  
South Korea
 
Japan
63–60  
Chinese Taipei
1993
Details
 
Jakarta
 
China
93–72  
North Korea
 
South Korea
86–70  
Iran
1995
Details
 
Seoul
 
China
87–78  
South Korea
 
Japan
69–63  
Chinese Taipei
1997
Details
 
Riyadh
 
South Korea
78–76  
Japan
 
China
94–68  
Saudi Arabia
1999
Details
 
Fukuoka
 
China
63–45  
South Korea
 
Saudi Arabia
93–67  
Chinese Taipei
2001
Details
 
Shanghai
 
China
97–63  
Lebanon
 
South Korea
95–94
OT
 
Syria
2003
Details
 
Harbin
 
China
106–96  
South Korea
 
Qatar
77–67  
Lebanon
2005
Details
 
Doha
 
China
77–61  
Lebanon
 
Qatar
89–77  
South Korea
2007
Details
 
Tokushima
 
Iran
74–69  
Lebanon
 
South Korea
80–76  
Kazakhstan
2009
Details
 
Tianjin
 
Iran
70–52  
China
 
Jordan
80–66  
Lebanon
2011
Details
 
Wuhan
 
China
70–69  
Jordan
 
South Korea
70–68  
Philippines
2013
Details
 
Manila
 
Iran
85–71  
Philippines
 
South Korea
75–57  
Chinese Taipei
2015
Details
 
Changsha
 
China
78–67  
Philippines
 
Iran
68–63  
Japan
2017
Details
 
Beirut
 
Australia
79–56  
Iran
 
South Korea
80–71  
New Zealand

Medal tableEdit

 
Map of the countries' best results.
  •   First place
  •   Second place
  •   Third place to Fourth place
  •   Fifth place to Eighth place
  •   Worse than Eighth place
  •   FIBA Asia or FIBA Oceania member, no appearance yet
  •   Not a member of FIBA Asia or FIBA Oceania
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China161219
2  Philippines54110
3  Iran3115
4  South Korea2111225
5  Japan25714
6  Australia1001
7  Lebanon0303
8  Chinese Taipei0224
9  Jordan0112
10  North Korea0101
11  Qatar0022
12  Saudi Arabia0011
Totals (12 nations)29292987

MVP awardsEdit

 
 
Manila
 
Kuala Lumpur
 
Seoul
 
Bangkok
 
Taipei
 
Kolkata
 
Hong Kong
 
Beijing
 
Jakarta
 
Riyadh
 
Shanghai
 
Harbin
 
Doha
 
Tianjin
 
Wuhan
 
Changsha
 
Beirut
Host cities, outside Japan, of the championships. Cities denoted by blue pogs had hosted more than once.
 
 
Tokyo
 
Nagoya
 
Kobe
 
Fukuoka
 
Tokushima
Host cities within Japan of the championships.
Year MVP Team
1960 Carlos Badion   Philippines
1973 William Adornado   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
2017 Hamed Haddadi   Iran

Tournament leadersEdit

  • Minimum of five games played (GP).[1][2]

All-timeEdit

Highest scoring averagesEdit

Rank Player Team GP Pts PPG Tournaments
1 Michael Madanly   Syria 11 314 28.5   2007,   2017
2 Sani Sakakini   Palestine 8 179 22.4   2015
4 Alkhas Zaid   Jordan 7 156 22.3   2003
4 Fadi El Khatib   Lebanon 24 520 21.7   2007,   2009,   2017
5 Jamal Abu-Shamala   Palestine 8 172 21.5   2015
6 Abdullah Alsarraf   Kuwait 14 290 20.7   2003,   2005
7 Fadi El Cheikh   Lebanon 8 161 20.1   2005
8 A. Mohamad   Syria 7 139 19.9   2003
9 K. Satiyseelan   Malaysia 7 138 19.7   2003
10 Rasheim Wright   Jordan 26 504 19.4   2007,   2009,   2011

Cumulative top scorersEdit

Rank Player Team GP Pts PPG
1 Hamed Haddadi   Iran 50 746 14.9
2 Samad Nikkhah Bahrami   Iran 44 615 14.0
3 Yi Jianlian   China 36 551 15.3
4 Anton Ponomarev   Kazakhstan 43 548 12.7
5 Kim Joo-sung   South Korea 50 523 10.5
6 Fadi El Khatib   Lebanon 24 520 21.7
7 Rasheim Wright   Jordan 26 504 19.4
8 Daoud Mousa Daoud   Qatar 45 487 10.8
9 Zhizhi Wang   China 34 472 13.9
10 Abdulrahman Saad   Qatar 41 467 11.4

Per tournamentEdit

PointsEdit

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
2017 Fadi El Khatib   Lebanon 7 181 25.9

ReboundsEdit

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
2017 Hamed Haddadi   Iran 6 65 10.8

AssistsEdit

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
2017 Hamed Haddadi   Iran 6 39 6.5

Participating nationsEdit

20th centuryEdit

Nation  
1960
 
1963
 
1965
 
1967
 
1969
 
1971
 
1973
 
1975
 
1977
 
1979
 
1981
 
1983
 
1985
 
1987
 
1989
 
1991
 
1993
 
1995
 
1997
 
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 centuryEdit

Nation  
2001
 
2003
 
2005
 
2007
 
2009
 
2011
 
2013
 
2015
 
2017
Years
  Australia 1st 1
  Bahrain 15th 12th 8
  Bangladesh 4
  China 1st 1st 1st 10th 2nd 1st 5th 1st 5th 22
  Chinese Taipei 7th 11th 9th 6th 5th 8th 4th 13th 12th 24
  Hong Kong 11th 13th 15th 13th 10th 12th 15th 27
  India 8th 8th 12th 15th 13th 14th 11th 8th 14th 25
  Indonesia 14th 12th 15th 13th 17
  Iran 5th 6th 1st 1st 5th 1st 3rd 2nd 17
  Iraq 11th 4
  Japan 6th 6th 5th 8th 10th 7th 9th 4th 9th 28
  Jordan 10th 7th 5th 3rd 2nd 7th 9th 8th 15
  Kazakhstan 7th 10th 4th 9th 8th 11th 16th 9
  Kuwait 12th 12th 13th 14th 11th 14th 12
  Kyrgyzstan 1
  Lebanon 2nd 4th 2nd 2nd 4th 6th 5th 6th 9
  Macau 2
  Malaysia 16th 16th 11th 15th 16th 24
  New Zealand 4th 1
  North Korea 2
  Pakistan 10
  Palestine 10th 1
  Philippines 15th 9th 8th 4th 2nd 2nd 7th 27
  Qatar 5th 3rd 3rd 7th 6th 16th 6th 7th 13th 10
  Saudi Arabia 8th 13th 8
  Singapore 14th 15th 17
  South Korea 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd 7th 3rd 3rd 6th 3rd 29
  Sri Lanka 16th 7
  Syria 4th 9th 11th 9th 10th 6
  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 16

General statisticsEdit

All-time statistics, as of the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.

Team Played Won Lost %Won
  Australia 6 6 0 100.00%
  Bahrain 59 20 39 33.90%
  Bangladesh 25 0 25 0.00%
  China 174 160 14 91.95%
  Chinese Taipei 188 114 74 60.64%
  Hong Kong 194 53 141 27.32%
  India 175 71 104 40.57%
  Indonesia 116 32 84 27.59%
  Iran 130 87 43 66.92%
  Iraq 29 14 15 48.28%
  Japan 216 143 73 66.20%
  Jordan 112 59 53 52.68%
  Kazakhstan 64 28 36 43.75%
  Kuwait 84 29 55 34.52%
  Kyrgyzstan 8 3 5 37.50%
  Lebanon 73 44 27 60.27%
  Macau 12 0 12 0.00%
  Malaysia 175 59 116 33.71%
  New Zealand 6 3 3 50.00%
  North Korea 14 10 4 71.43%
  Pakistan 73 21 52 28.77%
  Palestine 8 4 4 50.00%
  Philippines 211 140 71 66.35%
  Qatar 72 36 36 50.00%
  Saudi Arabia 57 29 28 50.88%
  Singapore 128 36 91 28.13%
  South Korea 236 182 54 77.12%
  Sri Lanka 46 0 46 0.00%
  Syria 39 16 23 15.38%
  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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 2017-08-26

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