NACBA Top 30 Players to Watch in Toronto
The NACBA has released their annual top players you will want to check out at this year's 30th Annual North American Chinese Basketball Association Invitational Tournament. Which of the 30 players will perform to their expectations?
Who Are NACBA's Dirty Dozen?
Twelve unsung heroes who do all the little things under the radar to help put their teams in the best possible position to capture this year’s NACBA Mens Elite title. In honor of these key players, NACBA wishes to acknowledge the Dirty Dozen at this year's NACBAIT.
NACBA Eh! - The 30th Annual NACBAIT Heads North of the Border to Toronto
The 2010 NACBAIT will be making a big return to Toronto during Memorial Day weekend. We expect over 80 teams this year to compete for Championships in 9 separate divisions. Be sure to stay on top of all this year's experience, as many exciting things are planned.
NACBA Top 10 at 10 - The Women Have Game!
2008 marks the 10th year that the NACBA has officially hosted a Women ’s divisions. We honored the Top 10 players of the past 10 years, as well as our Most Outstanding player to date.  These are the players who have made the biggest impact on our tournament.

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Seattle Bladerunners - A Dynasty in the Making

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When the Seattle Bladerunners met Washington CYC A, it represented a stark contrast in styles between the two most successful NACBAIT teams of the past 10 years.  Seattle has reached a tourney high 7 Final Fours, while Washington has made the next most Final Fours with 5 in the previous decade.  Seattle runs their offensive sets through 6-4 NACBA Top 25 center Jim Shih while 6-7 SF/PF Kyle Kiang fills in the spaces by slashing to the hoop, playing the baseline, or hitting the trifecta.  Toss in 6-3 Euro pro Wesley Hsu or dynamite combo guard Austin Yuen, and Seattle’s scorecard is a pick your poison lineup.  The big question mark would be how Seattle would deal with the absence of star PG Song Cun and 6-10 center Mike Kan.  The stands were packed to see whether Seattle’s superbly efficient halfcourt machine would still be running smoothly after a one year injury-riddled respite from competition.  With the deepest collection of high caliber perimeter players in the tourney, CYC’s fundamental drive and dish offense would be a good test for the Bladerunner defense.  Seattle raced to a 12-2 lead after Wes Hsu (29 points, 11-14 ft, 4 assists) repeatedly exploited an early mismatch like a broken record.  CYC finally made the switch on defense but couldn’t get good looks in their 3-point offense, hitting an anorexic one trey the whole first half.  Washington then went to the pick and roll with All-Tourney guard Jeffrey Lee (7 pts, 8 assists, 3 steals) and Jason Lee (8 pts, 7 boards) to bring the game back within reach, 25-19 by halftime.  In the second half, Seattle stretched the lead back into double digits, as CYC rushed some shots against tough Bladerunner D.  Seattle came down the court and worked it into Jim Shih for back to back buckets.  But you know Washington’s offense is always a ticking bomb, just waiting to go off- as Kwan Huynh (13 pts, 3 treys), Chris Lee, and Keith Wang popped strings beyond the arc to bring CYC within 2 points with 4 minutes to play.  Seattle responded by taking it strong to the hole and getting to the line.  A top team like Seattle doesn’t miss many under pressure and they rattled home 21-25 in the second half and 26-31 overall to secure the game.  The final score was 65-55 Bladerunners.  The first round finale was the only Canadian team in the division, the Toronto Dragons, and the host Philly Suns A.  The Suns had advanced the day before by upsetting the Texas Ballistics in double OT, while Toronto suffered a heartbreaking 2-point loss to the SF Wildcats to finish second in their pool.  They say flashy offense wins awards, but hard nosed defense wins games.  Toronto came out determined to establish themselves on the defensive end with an impressive man to man.  The speedy Dragon guards funneled the Suns ballhandlers right into awaiting help side and Philly responded by missing the shots instead of making the extra pass.  The problems snowballed for the Suns, as several missed layups got Toronto out on the break for easy Toronto deuces.  The halftime score was a shocking 22-2.  The Suns clawed back after the break and chipped the lead down to 8 after Richmond Huynh’s two 3’s.  But the deeper Dragons simply reconfigured their lineup, inserting Kenny Ao (7 pts, 2 assists) and Andrew Suen (8 pts, 4-4 ft, 2 TO) to pull away in impressive fashion, 45-26.

In the Quarterfinals, the first game would be the SF Wildcats v/s Arizona Desert Jade.  Frisco came in hopeful that their new lineup, boosted by the additions of Hank Huang, Darren Jiang, and Thomas Fang, would turn a 2007 Friendship Championship into 2008 Elite success.  These 3 players pulled their fair share of the load, but Arizona was able to shut down 2k7 Friendship MVP Huy Nguyen (4 fouls, 3 pts).  After forward Thomas Fang picked up his fifth foul right before the stretch run, it was difficult for the Wildcats to match the sheer athleticism of Zona.  With Stephen Chang lighting it up in the first half (9 pts, 3 steals, 5 fouls) and Dave Clarke (19 pts, 9-10 ft) getting his midrange game going in the second half, Arizona was able to pull out the W.  Desert Jade sank 20-23 free throws after the break to win 65-59.  Hank Huang had 24 pts to go along 9 rebs en route to All-Tourney honors, and Darren Jiang overcame an injury to tally 24 pts & 2 triples for SF.  The 2pm game between the undefeated Chicago Dragons and the NY RL Cruisers was another matchup of 2k7 Final Four teams.  Chicago’s lineup featured Joe Carlini, top shooter Andrew Tsai, and was boosted this year by the dramatic return of former DePaul University player Larry Li.  But without the services of Northwestern U guard Tony Ling (relegated to coaching duty due to a foot snafu) and Wyoming’s Damean Clinton, the Dragons roster was somewhat shorthanded.  Nevertheless, Chicago looked like they might be able to pull out a big win, as Andrew Tsai (2 treys, 2 assists) dropped in 10 huge points whenever the Cruisers rotated off him.  But the second half turned south for Chi-town as foul trouble and depth became issues.  Tony Hu (24 pts, 11 rebounds) continued his strong tournament and Eddie Wang (13 pts, 3 triples, 2 turnovers) made the Dragons pay for double teaming.  The Cruisers moved on 48-35.

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