Basketball Champions League Asia

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The Basketball Champions League Asia (BCL Asia), formerly the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, is an annual continental men's basketball competition. It is the highest level club competition in Asia.

Introduced in 1981, as the Asian Basketball Club Championship, the competition rebranded in 2004 to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. In 2024, it was announced that the tournament will be renamed as the Basketball Champions League Asia.

History

The competition was first organised by the Asian Basketball Confederation in 1981, when the inaugural tournament was hosted in Hong Kong. The first-ever champions were the Bayi Rockets from China. In 1995, the name of the competition was changed to the ABC Champions Cup. After the ABC became integrated in FIBA in 2004, the competition was rebranded as the FIBA Asia Champions Cup.

In the 1990s, FIBA announced plans to expand the Intercontinental Cup with the teams from the BCL Asia, Basketball Africa League (BAL), NBL, and the NBA, at some point in the future.

In 2024, it was announced that the tournament will be renamed as the Basketball Champions League Asia, a name in line with other continental competitions in the Americas and Europe.

Sagesse is the most successful club in the history of the competition, having won three titles. However, clubs from Iran have the most combined titles, with a total of six.

The Basketball Champions League Asia is a prestigious basketball tournament that brings together top teams from across Asia to compete for the title of champion. The tournament features intense matchups, high-flying dunks, and thrilling buzzer-beaters, showcasing the best talent in the region. Fans can expect to see fast-paced action, fierce competition, and unforgettable moments as teams battle it out on the court for ultimate glory. With a rich history and passionate fan base, the Basketball Champions League Asia is a must-watch event for basketball enthusiasts everywhere.