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TOKYO (AP) — Japan is facing a potential ban from basketball's world governing body FIBA over a failure to merge its two top leagues.

FIBA has said it will suspend the Japan Basketball Association if its mandate of a merger between the two leagues is not met by the end of October.

The ban would prevent all of Japan's national teams from taking part in international competitions, including the Olympics.

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Taiwan's basketball association last week announced a revamp of the local semi-professional Super Basketball League's (SBL) existing playoff system; a dramatic change, according to the association, which could boost the competitiveness of the game and attract more viewers.

According to the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA), the chief organiser of the SBL, the existing playoff format, in which only the top four finishers of the seven-team league of the regular season can advance to the playoffs, is one of the reasons why the league has been seeing lackluster ticket sales.

In previous SBL seasons, very often the top four teams that advanced to the playoffs had enjoyed a comfortable lead weeks or even a month before the playoffs began. That is why fans would not buy tickets to watch SBL games in the later half of the regular season, the CTBA said.

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According to FibaEurope.com, Dario Saric was presented with the 2013 FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year Award before Andolu Efes inaugural game of the season.

This was on the heels of Saric averaging 20.3 points and 11.2 rebounds for Croatia in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Czech Republic. Also, Saric performed well in the ABA with Cibona Zagreb in the 2013-14 season, with a Final Four MVP performance.

FIBA Europe and Turkish Basketball Federation Board Member Harun Erdenay presented the award to Dario Saric and had the following to say about him:

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Ray Parks proud of UCLA-bound Paras (October 21, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines – Former National University (NU) star Ray Parks commended Kobe Paras after it was revealed that the former La Salle Greenhills standout had committed to play collegiate basketball to NCAA Division 1 school UCLA.

Paras chose to commit to the Bruins just a week after they offered him a scholarship, picking UCLA over other Division 1 schools including Arizona State, among others.

"I'm very proud," Parks said recently. "That's a good coaching staff that they have in UCLA."

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China defeated Japan 60 – 53 to lift the title of the 22nd FIBA ASIA U18 Championship for women at Jordan. First half superb performance from the Chinese helped them earn their record-breaking 14th FIBA ASIA U18 Women’s title.

China took the first quarter 22 – 15 and also took the second quarter 17 – 7 to go to the halftime break with huge 17 points lead. After the break, Japan won the third and fourth quarter 19 – 11 and 12 10 respectively. But China holds on to their first half lead to win the title by 7 points.

Zhang Tingting netter 14 points and got 8 rebounds for China while Liu Shuai also netted 14 points for the winners. Nao Sogabe and Himawari Akaho netted 13 points each for Japan.

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Hohhot (China), Oct 18 (IANS) A team of former NBA stars led by Tracy McGrady earned a 93-86 victory over Liaoning Hunters from the Chinese Basketball Association league (CBA) here, in their sixth friendly game in the country.

Former NBA stars led by 29-19 for the first quarter but trailed by three points after the first half - 49-46, reports Xinhua.

McGrady, former Houston Rockets guard who also played for Qingdao DoubleStar in China, performed brilliantly during the last two quarters and led his team with 30 points and 10 assists to win the game late Friday night.

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P1.5B to host FIBA 2019 World Cup? (October 18, 2014)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines - It may take a budget of P1.5 billion to stage the 2019 FIBA World Cup but despite the enormity of the amount, the SBP is seriously pursuing the hosting bid with the view of making it a viable project.

SBP deputy executive director for external affairs Butch Antonio said the other day if the Philippines is awarded the hosting rights, no less than a collective effort between the public and private sectors will be required to turn it into a success. SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, Antonio and logistics director Andrew Teh recently attended a two-day seminar in Madrid where FIBA director of events Predrag Bogosavljev, a Serbian, briefed the participants of the pre-qualifying conditions to bid.

So far, only the Philippines and Brazil have confirmed their intent to bid. But in Madrid, there were other countries represented in the seminar, including China, Germany, France, Russia and Lithuania. The deadline for bidders to file applications is the end of this month. By next month, FIBA will announce the short list of candidate nations. Then, a workshop will be held for bidders in Geneva in December. FIBA officials will visit the bidding countries and inspect facilities in January and February next year. The decision of which country will host the 2019 event will be made during a Central Board meeting in June or July. SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan is one of 26 members of the Central Board.

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