China Xiamen emerged champion of the inaugural Sultan Azlan Shah Cup International Basketball Championship 2012 held at Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh. The Chinese team defeated Philippines Far Eastern University 90-64 after a hard fought match which saw tempers flaring. The narrow defeat of the Chinese to the Filipinos in the preliminary round could be the reason for the highly charged match. China Xiamen’s top scorer, Liu Yi-Sheng netted 22 points.
This is the second time the Chinese team had won an international invitation title in Malaysia. They won the Johor International Invitation in October last year.
Perak Selection defeated Royal Thai Navy 102 – 58 to end the tournament as the 5th best team. Australia’s Gold Coast Authentic All-Stars edged Taiwan’s Normal University 103 – 87 for the 3rd spot. A total of eight teams participated.
The tournament was organised by the Malaysian Basketball Association and held in Ipoh in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2012. The opening ceremony on Tuesday, March 27 was officiated by DYMM Sultan Azlan Shah while the final on Monday, April 2 was graced by DYTM Raja Muda, Raja Nazrin Shah. Chief Minister, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir was in attendance.