The R. William Jones Cup (simplified Chinese: 威廉·琼斯盃国际篮球邀请赛; traditional Chinese: 威廉·瓊斯盃國際籃球邀請賽; pinyin: wēi lián qióng sī bēi guó jì lán qiú yāo qǐng sài), also known as the Jones Cup, is an international basketball tournament organized by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) held annually since 1977 in Taiwan.

R. William Jones Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2019 William Jones Cup
SportBasketball
Founded1975; 44 years ago (1975)
Inaugural season1977
No. of teamsM: 10
W: 6
Country Taiwan
Most recent
champion(s)
M: Philippines Mighty Sports (2nd title, 6th title for country)
W:  New Zealand (1st title for country)
Most titlesM:  United States (15 titles)
W:  South Korea (12 titles)
Related
competitions
FIBA Stanković Continental Champions' Cup
Official websiteWilliam Jones Cup (in Chinese)

It was named in honor of basketball promoter Renato William Jones, who was one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Like the Olympics and the FIBA Basketball World Cup, it has both men's and women's versions. Despite lacking the prestige of the Olympic tournament and the FIBA World Championship, it is a tournament that draws global interest. Like the FIBA Stanovic Continental Champions Cup, the Renato Williams Jones Cup serves as a preparation for major tournaments, such as the Olympic Basketball Tournament, the FIBA World Cup, and the continental tournaments. Also, the Renato Williams Jones Cup serves and promotes basketball in the world. The men's version is currently being dominated by American teams since the tournament's inaugural staging while the women's version is being jointly dominated by South Korean, American and Taiwanese teams. It also invites professional club, collegiate and national teams from around the world, although the participants are mainly from the Asian, European, Egyptian and North American regions.

In both tournaments, each country can only be represented by one team, which could be its national team, youth team, club team, or an all-star selection, except for the hosts Taiwan, which could opt to have two teams.

Since the tournament is not sanctioned by FIBA, the Chinese Taipei national team is referred to as "Republic of China" by the organizers.

In 2003, the tournament was cancelled due to the SARS epidemic in Asia, but was resumed the following year.

Contents

HistoryEdit

The tournament was conceived in 1977 as a tribute to Englishman Renato William Jones, who was FIBA secretary-general for 44 years and was instrumental in the granting of zone commission status for Asia at the 1964 FIBA World Congress in Tokyo. Jones also attended the Asian Basketball Championships in 1963, which was held in Taipei.[1]

The invitational tournament organized by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association was made following the admission of the People’s Republic of China as a regular member of the ABC in 1975.[1]

ChampionsEdit

Men's tournamentEdit

No. Year Champion Second place Third place
1st 1977   Athletes in Action - Eastern Unit   Eastern Washington   Flying Camel
2nd 1978   American Buluside   South Korea   American College
3rd 1979 Not held
4th 1980   Sweden   United States   Panama
5th 1981   Northern Cement   Sweden   France
6th 1982   United States   Canada   France
7th 1983   Vanderbilt University[2]   Murray International Metals[3]   Italy
8th 1984   United States   Canada   Netherlands
9th 1985   San Miguel Beer   United States   Sweden
10th 1986   United States   South Korea   Japan
11th 1987   West Germany   United States   Australia
12th 1988   United States   Australia   South Korea
1989 Not held
13th 1990   Mexico   Poland   A-10 All-Stars[4]
14th 1991   United States   Soviet Union   South Korea
15th 1992   Marathon Oil   USK Praha   United States
16th 1993   University of Hawaii   Hung Kuo   Spartak
17th 1994   United States   Yulong   Hungary
18th 1995   United States   Slovakia   Hung Kuo
19th 1996   Canada   Russia   United States
20th 1997   Kangoo Jumps   BC Lietuvos Rytas   Guanghua
21st 1998   Philippine Centennial Team   Republic of China   South Korea
22nd 1999   South Korea   Republic of China   New Zealand
23rd 2000   New Zealand   South Korea   Republic of China
24th 2001   Republic of China   South Korea   Lokomotiv Novosibirsk
25th 2002   Great Mates   University of Alberta   Japan
2003 Not held
26th 2004   Republic of China White   Canada   Perth Wildcats
27th 2005   Passing Lane   Republic of China   Philippines
28th 2006   Athletes in Action   Republic of China   Qatar
29th 2007   Jordan   Lebanon   Philippines
30th 2008   Jordan   United States   Australia
31st 2009   Iran   Jordan   Lebanon
32nd 2010   Iran   Lebanon   Japan
33rd 2011   Iran   South Korea   Philippines
34th 2012   Philippines   Mahram Tehran   UPG
35th 2013   Iran   Republic of China   South Korea
36th 2014   Ulsan Mobis Phoebus   Republic of China Blue   Egypt
37th 2015   Iran   Philippines   Republic of China A (Blue)
38th 2016   Mighty Sports   South Korea   Republic of China A
39th 2017   Team Canada 150[note 1]   Atletas All-Star Lithuania   South Korea
40th 2018   3D Global Sports   Iran B   South Korea
41st 2019   Mighty Sports   South Korea   Japan

By countryEdit

Country   Gold   Silver   Bronze Total
  United States 15 5 6 26
  Philippines 6 1 3 10
  Iran 5 2 0 7
  Canada 3 4 0 7
  Republic of China 2 8 5 15
  South Korea 2 7 6 15
  Jordan 2 1 0 3
  Australia 1 1 2 4
  Sweden 1 1 1 3
  New Zealand 1 0 1 2
  Mexico 1 0 0 1
  West Germany 1 0 0 1
  Lebanon 0 2 1 3
  Lithuania 0 2 0 2
  Russia 0 1 1 2
  Czechoslovakia 0 1 0 1
  Poland 0 1 0 1
  Scotland 0 1 0 1
  Soviet Union 0 1 0 1
  Slovakia 0 1 0 1
  Japan 0 0 4 4
  France 0 0 2 2
  Egypt 0 0 1 1
  Hungary 0 0 1 1
  Italy 0 0 1 1
  Netherlands 0 0 1 1
  Panama 0 0 1 1
  Qatar 0 0 1 1
  Ukraine 0 0 1 1

Women's tournamentEdit

Year Champion Second place Third place
1977   Korean All-Stars   Cathay Life   Christa Dream
1978 Not held
1979   United States   Korean All-Stars   China Airlines
1980   South Korea   Republic of China   United States
1981   South Korea   United States   Republic of China
1982   Canada   United States   Australia
1983   South Korea   Italy   Netherlands
1984   United States   Brazil   Italy
1985   United States   Canada   South Korea
1986 Not held
1987   United States   South Korea   West Germany
1988   South Korea   United States   Republic of China
1989 Not held
1990   Hungary   Republic of China   Brazil
1991   South Korea   Japan   United States
1992   American All-Stars   Australia Youth   Japan
1993   Cathay Life   Japan   United States
1994   United States   South Korea   Al Hasa
1995   Cathay Life   South Korea   United States
1996   United States   Slovakia   Australia
1997   South Korea   United States   Cathay Life
1998   United States   Republic of China   Japan
1999   Republic of China   New Zealand   Australia
2000   United States   Japan   Republic of China
2001 Not held
2002   Russia   Republic of China   Japan
2003 Not held
2004   Republic of China Blue   South Korea   Republic of China White
2005   Republic of China   New Zealand   Zhejiang Huadong
2006   Japan   Republic of China   Italy
2007   Australia   Chinese Taipei Blue   United States
2008   Republic of China   Australia   South Korea
2009   South Korea   Republic of China   Japan
2010   South Korea   Republic of China   University All-Stars
2011   Republic of China   Japan   Chinese Taipei University
2012   Cathay Life   Chunghwa Telecom   Japan
2013   South Korea   Japan   Republic of China
2014   Canada   Denso Iris   South Korea
2015   South Korea   Japan B   Republic of China A
2016   South Korea   Japan   Republic of China A
2017   Japan U24   Republic of China Blue   New Zealand
2018   New Zealand   Japan B   Republic of China A
2019   Mitsubishi Electric Koalas   New Zealand   Republic of China White

By countryEdit

Country   Gold   Silver   Bronze Total
  South Korea 12 5 3 20
  United States 9 4 5 18
  Republic of China 8 11 13 32
  Japan 3 9 5 17
  Canada 2 1 0 3
  New Zealand 1 3 1 5
  Australia 1 2 3 6
  Russia 1 0 0 1
  Hungary 1 0 0 1
  Italy 0 1 2 3
  Brazil 0 1 1 2
  Slovakia 0 1 0 1
  West Germany 0 0 1 1
  China 0 0 1 1
  Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1
  Netherlands 0 0 1 1
  France 0 0 1 1

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The team is not the Canadian national team. The team was organized by the 3D Global Sports Canada group and played as "Team Canada 150" for the 2017 edition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Henson, Joaquin (29 August 2012). "All about the Jones Cup". Sporting Chance. The Philippine Star. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ "U.S. clips New Zealand in Jones Cup basketball". Taipei: Lawrence Journal-World. Associated Press. 2 July 1983. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Sport in Brief - Basketball". The Glasgow Herald. 6 July 1983. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Rutger's player stars in victory". Taipei: Gadsden Times. 24 July 1990. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  5. ^ "3D Canada Brings On Kyle Julius as Head Coach for 39th William Jones Cup". Asia Basket. Eurobasket News. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Canadian Roster Announced for The 39th William Jones Cup". 3D Global Sports Canada. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017. In honour Canada's 150th anniversary, 3D will have “Canada 150” stitched on their game jerseys. The team will be presented as 3D Global Sports Canada at this year’s 39th William Jones Cup.