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09/22/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/22/2019 10:36

Lin Chih Chieh set for debut with Fubon Braves at FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019

BANGKOK (Thailand) - The Fubon Braves had already proved at the East Asia Qualifiers of the Road to Final 8 that they meant business. Now at the Final 8 stage with a claim for being the best club in Asia on the line at the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the Braves have added on some 'beastly' names to their final roster to make sure they can go as far through the competition as possible.

Fubon Braves' roster for FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019
Chang Po Wei Kuo Shao Chieh Lin Chih-Chieh
Lin Meng Hsueh Tsai Wen-Cheng Lin Chih-Wei
Wu Hung-Hsing Hung Chih-Shan Yang Hsing Chih
Liu Weir-Chern Charles Garcia Sim Bhullar

The most notable of additions and the marquee man for the Braves is none other than the Chinese Taipei legend himself, Lin Chih Chieh. After a decade of excellent play in the CBA with Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, the 'Beast' Lin has finally decided to return and play for his home country. The FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 will be Lin Chih Chieh's debut with the Fubon Braves as they look to continue making history in the franchise's Asia Champions Cup debut.

Another reinforcement is Canadian big man, Sim Bhullar, who had already played in the 2016 edition of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Playing for the Dacin Tigers that year, Bhullar averaged 12.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

The Braves went through the East Asia Qualifiers undefeated which should give them confidence heading into the tourney in Thailand. 7 players are returning from the Qualifiers as well as Charles Garcia who averaged 11.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

(Charles Garcia, FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 Road to Final 8 - East Asia)

The Braves' campaign at GSB Stadium29, Nonthaburi starts with a rematch against hosts Hitech Bangkok City at 18:00 (GMT +7) on September 24 before they face Naft Abadan at 13:00 (GMT +7) on the following day. They wrap up the Group Phase against Muharraq at 15:30 (GMT +7) on September 26.