The Basketball Champions League of America (BCLA) defined the 12 participating clubs for its third edition that will begin in October and will be played until April 2022, in the Copa Libertadores soccer style. There will be seven countries represented through 12 teams. For Argentina they will Quimsa, Mouth and Plays; Sao Paulo, Minas, and the defending champion, FlamengoThey will play for Brazil; Biguá and Nacional They will go through Uruguay; complete the UdeC (University of Concepción) From Chile; Crabbers from Puerto Rico; the runner-up of the second season, Real Estelí from Nicaragua, and Edmonton Stingers from Canada. The champion of the contest will obtain a place in the FIBA Intercontinental Cup 2023.
Boca was a semifinalist in the National League.
Why did they go down to San Lorenzo?
El Ciclon, last champion of the National League, will not participate for being suspended by the FIBA Arbitration Tribunal (BAT) in reference to resolutions 1379/19, 1389/19, 1380/19, 1451/19 and 1416/19, which provide for his disqualification from participating in international competitions as long as you do not pay off the debts that he maintains with different foreign players -and their respective agents- who were part of his payroll during the last seasons.
Quimsa, second in the League.
The sanction was informed to San Lorenzo (champion of this tournament in 2018 and 2019) on June 10 through a note initialed by the FIBA Secretary General, Andreas Zagklis. In such communication, the FIBA recalls that despite the financial fines and the prohibition to incorporate foreigners, the cases have not been resolved, so It has a new sentence that could be lifted in the event that the Buenos Aires group resolves its judicial situation.
Consequently, and at the request of the latest FIBA provision in accordance with article 3-344 of the FIBA Internal Regulation, the Club Association communicates its decision based on article 30 of Chapter III of the AdC Regulation that establishes that “those clubs that are sanctioned by the AdC Disciplinary Court, the FIBA Arbitration Court and / or the Sports Arbitration Court Due to debt with players, managers and other clubs, they will not be able to participate in the following season in international tournaments as representatives of La Liga or La Liga Argentina despite having acceded for sporting merit ”. As the club did not pay the debts demanded in these 100 days, its situation did not change and its international disqualification remains.
Works goes by merit.
Quimsa, then, is the first classified to the BCL for being the runner-up last season and Boca, third in 20/21, enters as a replacement for San Lorenzo. The case of the other Argentine representative –Plays– It is different. It is not classified by its sporting location in the last season but by the ranking carried out by the AdC according to the FIBA criteria, called 361, which seeks to reward the participation of clubs in the various forms of basketball -3×3, female, etc- and more than one season. In reality, in this case, each institution scores points for each activity during the last five seasons and, in the case of Obras, it ranks second behind Quimsa.
This third season of the BCL will have 36 games during the group stage and another eight in Final 8 for a total of 44. Final 8 will be played by knockout from the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the winners advancing to the title match while the losers will play for third place.. The clubs will be divided into four groups of three teams, with the top two from each group advancing to Final 8. In the first week of October, the official draw will take place to determine the group stage and the full schedule. The date and time of the draw will be announced in the coming days, the competition officially announced.