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Manila to host inaugural EASL Final Four

August 18, 2022 - Thursday 2:08 PM by GDM

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THE inaugural Final Four of the East Asia Super League (EASL) will be held in the Philippines.

Manila has been chosen to host the league's first-ever playoffs in March.

The Final Four will be held on March 3, followed by the finals round on June 5.

"We couldn't ask for a better city to host the first EASL Final Four. I would like to thank the local government authorities, our colleagues at the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), and the Filipino fans for welcoming us. The Final Four weekend will be unique and memorable, bigger than any event EASL has ever held, featuring a music festival and a variety of fan activations," said EASL CEO Matt Beyer.

"The decision to stage the inaugural EASL Final Four in Manila this March is a welcome development. The Philippines is a basketball-loving country and Filipino fans will be following the EASL games closely. Hosting the Final Four would be an exciting prelude to the FIBA World Cup as our country opens its doors to the global basketball community next year," said PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial.

The Philippines will send TNT and the tournament winner between San Miguel and Meralco.

Seoul SK Knights and Anyang KGC will represent the Korean Basketball League (KBL), while the P. League + of Chinese Taipei is sending the Taipei Fubon Braves.

Japan B.Legaue will bring Utsonomiya Brex, and Ryukyu Golden Kings and the Greater China have Bay Area Dragons, who happened to be the PBA's guest team.