Asian Heritage Basketball

Invitational Tournament


Asian Heritage Basketball

Invitational Tournament

The First Asian Heritage Basketball Tournament

Is Now Complete

The First Asian Heritage Basketball Tournament

Is Now Complete


We’re very thankful for the opportunity to represent the Filipino-American community in the 1st Asian Heritage Tournament hosted by Lunar NYC. The competition, venue, & overall experience was ELITE. It was great to see old faces & meet new friends in the growing Asian basketball brotherhood. Looking forward to future Lunar events to unite & empower the next generation.

Banjo Albano (Team RiseHoops)
Thank you Lunarnyc for the opportunity and letting us compete in this great tournament. Good job by the whole team, everyone enjoyed it!!!
Mandeep (Team Panthers)
We couldn’t be any happier.. not just with the results but with the competition. Thanks to and for everyone, it was one hell of a tournament!!!
Captain Ditar (Team Soormay)
I would like to say Thank You Lunar NYC for bringing back “the spirit, passion, and competition” of Asian Basketball once again in the United States. We will continue our support to Lunar NYC and our Asian community. We are looking forward on the next event.
Augustine (Team Top Gunz)
Asian Basketball needed this, we needed a tournament where teams would come together, practice with a purpose, be excited and engaged with the prizes and coverage, top notch facility and referees and rules. This was truly a players tournament and everyone had fun competing. Our LunarNyc players have played all over the country and this is the most diverse Asian tournament ever. Players and teams can not wait for the next LunarNyc event!!!
Wilson Lew (Team LunarNYC)
Fun organized tournament with a lot of great competition from asian teams from all over the US. Showcase NYC will definitely be back every year to compete.
Ian Yu (Team Showcasenyc)
The tourney was a great experience for our young guys to see what we have to work on to come back stronger. thanks to the lunar and the staff on making the tourney run smoothly.
Dominic Dar (Team Camball)
I want to thank Jiang and LunarNYC for starting a great tradition for Asian Basketball and the Asian American community. The tournament venue was excellent, great atmosphere, and excellent location near the pier. The organization of the the tournament and media coverage was a two thumbs up! We look forward to big things in the future from the Lunar Group. Great work!
Bo Nyoung (Team Asianballers)
Thank you to Lunar NYC for a very well organized tournament. The level of competition was very high and it spread across a wide range of Asian ethnicities. As a basketball junkie, it was dope to see so many Asian ballers. Can’t wait for the next one!
- JC Albano (Team RiseHoops)
“We had a great time against good competitive teams and exceptional referees. Positive basketball atmosphere where everybody got better.”
Jeff (Team Falcons)
A terrific, well executed tournament bringing in competitive teams from all over the country and hosted at arguably one of the top basketball facilities available. As a team, we have participated in numerous Asian American basketball tournaments and believe LunarNYc Group’s Asian Heritage Tournament to be of the highest echelon and quite possibly today’s best Asian American basketball tournament in the nation.
Leuis Ng (Team Thunder)

Tournament Updates

Rules and Regulation Updates:

  • College Rules with current Modifications 
  • Total of 4 timeouts
  • Unlimited Advance Ball Under 2 minutes with Timeouts
  • 18 mins halves – running time
  • 1st half full running unless Timeout
  • 2nd half – final 2 minutes stop time
  • 6 individual Fouls
  • 7 team fouls for 1 and 1
  • 10 team fouls for double bonus (2 shots)

Each team must register all players that will participate in the tournament, including full name, date of birth, and email address. Each player must agree to the Terms and Conditions, which include the Waiver and Release Form .

Roster Approval by board:
    • Players must be 25% Asian descent
    • Background check and decisions made by tourney board and committee is final
    • Burden to prove eligibility is on player, player must provide documentation and evidence to meet the satisfaction of the board and committee.
    • Only Players on the 12 man roster may participate.
    • Finals Rosters will be due two weeks before the Tourney.
    • Players can only participate in one division.
    • If player is not on roster and participates, team will forfeit that game because that ineligible player participated.
    • Teams must have matching colors and numbers on jerseys/shirts, PLEASE NOTE: Must have TWO SETS OF COLORS. (If team fails to adhere to jersey rules, penalties will be assessed and maybe lead to a possible forfeit of game)

Every team that makes it to the finals will be participating in our next tournament for free.

The Teams

Elite Division

Friendship Division

Tournament Structure

Elite Division



Friendship Division



Thank You To Our Sponsors


Where: New York City’s Top Facility: BASKETBALL CITY!

Location: Basketball City 299 South St Pier 36, New York, NY 10002 (Lower Manhattan)

When: April 6th Pool Play Games (9am – 6pm) – April 7th Playoffs (9am – 3pm)

(Deadline is Set No Exceptions!)

Compete for North America’s Largest Championship prize ever awarded in an Asian Basketball Tournament! Elite Division Cash Prize: $12,000 USD and Friendship Division Cash Prize: $8,000 USD!

The 1st (First) Annual Asian Heritage Tournament is sought out to bring together our Asian communities, along with those who love the culture globally, to participate in a fun, competitive and educational experience through sports. Featuring a limited pool of teams, the event will be split into two divisions, Friendship and Elite, with the goal of creating parity. With so many Asian sports interest communities spread across the world, our focus is to provide a spotlight on the deep cultural ties between basketball and Asian culture.

The Friendship Division features a cash prize of $8,000 and will headline teams that are looking to participate in exhibition-style games in a casual competitive environment. Players in the Elite Division, will compete for a whopping $12,000, or North America’s largest championship prize ever awarded in an Asian basketball tournament. In this division, the best of the best ballers from across the country and world will showcase and highlight their talents.

Location – Basketball City (at Pier 36) is a 70,000 sq. ft. “state-of-the-art” Sports & Entertainment facility, which contains seven air-conditioned basketball courts with glass backboards, electronic scoreboards, automated video system and first-class locker rooms. The venue also includes a VIP Mezzanine, a 55,000+ sq. ft. parking lot, and a 15,000 sq. ft. deck on the East River overlooking the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges and the Statue of Liberty. Since its inception, Basketball City has been proud to serve the community and provide opportunities and experiences for thousands of kids. As Basketball City celebrated its 20th anniversary this September, its contributions to the community exceeded $700,000 in 2016 and over $2 million for the past 3 years.

Quick Snapshot of Tournament Structure:

  • Randomized Group Pool Games – Officiated by 2 Experienced/Professional Third-party Hired Referees
  • After Pool Play – Teams will be Ranked based on Win/Loss Record – If tied then by Head to Head Match – Then by Greater Point Margins
  • Teams will return Sunday, April 7th, 2019 to compete in Playoffs
  • Each Playoff Game will Officiated by 3 Experienced/Professional Third-party Hired Referees
  • In Playoffs – A Certain Number of Top Ranking Teams will receive a 1st Round BYE
  • Championship Winning Team will be presented with 10 (Ten) Black Marble Wood Finish with Golden 32″ Tall 2019 LunarNYC Basketball Trophies
  • 1 Additional LunarNYC Red Fire Colored White Marble Finish with Golden 20″ Tall MVP Trophy will be handed out to the Most Outstanding Player in the Championship Team   


Prizes and media coverage:

  • Elite Division Grand Prize $12,000 (North America’s largest championship prize ever awarded in an Asian Basketball Tournament).
  • Friendship Division Grand Prize $8,000 (North America’s largest championship prize ever awarded in an Asian Basketball Tournament).
  • 1st Annual LunarNYC T-Shirt, designed by an accomplished Asian designer. This will become a collectible!
  • LunarNYC camera, reporter and media crew coverage for pre and post-game interviews.
  • LunarNYC accessories and prizes will be given out.
  • Pre and Post National press release coverage announcing participating teams, celebrity guest speakers, tournament results, all 1st team LunarNYC tournament roster, LunarNYC MVP in both Friendship and Elite Divisions.

Elite Division Winning Championship Team will be Awarded the Highest Cash Prize in any Asian Basketball Tournament in North American History!

Please Note: You must complete the Team Registration Form in order for Payment Fee Page to Prompt FOR YOUR TEAM’S ENTRY FEE PAYMENT PAGE OF $800.00 USD. Please press the PAYPAL pay button. A PayPal account is not required.

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Date –  
April 6, 2019 (9am – 6pm)  –  April 7, 2019 (9am – 3pm)

Venue: Basketball City

299 South St Pier 36, New York, NY 10002

Organizer: LunarNYC


Firm Deadline: ENTRY FORM AND ENTRY FEE DUE BY MARCH 17th, 2019 @11:00PM EST


  • Each team must register all players that will participate in the tournament, including full name, date of birth, and email address. Each player must agree to the Terms and Conditions, which include the Waiver and Release Form. 
  • Only Players on the 12 man roster may participate.
  • Players can only participate in one division.
  • Registration and Entry Fee must be submitted by March 17th. 
  • Teams must have matching colors and numbers on jerseys/shirts. Must have two sets of colors.
  • If a player not on roster participates, the team will forfeit that game in which the ineligible player participated.
  • Players must be of at least 25% Asian descent. (i.e. One grandparent must be of full Asian descent.) 
  • Fall 2019 – we will have a tournament open for all ethnicities.   

Lunar NYC Inc. Waiver And Release Of Liability Agreement


In this document, Lunar NYC Inc. also known as “LunarNYC” or Lunar New Year Celebration™, shall be equally and jointly known as, and referred to as “Tournament Host”.

In consideration of being permitted to participate in any way, including travel to and from related events and activities of the Tournament Host and I, for myself, my personal representatives, heirs, executors, next of kin, and assigns, do hereby:

  1. Acknowledge that I am familiar with the sport of Basketball and understand the rules governing the sport of Basketball and the importance of following these rules.
  2. Agree that before participating, I will inspect the facilities and the equipment to be used, and if I believe anything is unsafe, I will immediately advise my coach or supervisor of such condition(s) and refuse to participate.
  3. Acknowledge and fully understand that I will be engaging in a contact sport that might result in serious injury, including permanent disability or death, and severe social and economic losses due to, not only my own actions, inaction or negligence, but also to the action, inaction or negligence of others; the rules of the sport of Basketball; or conditions of the premises or any equipment used. Further, I acknowledge that there may be other risks not known to me or not reasonably foreseeable at this time.
  4. Knowing the risks involved in the sport of Basketball, I assume the risks and accept personal responsibility for the damages following such injury, permanent disability, or death. Further, I will not sue or make a claim against any of the released parties listed in paragraph 5 (the “releasees”) and I acknowledge that the Tournament Host’s insurance does not provide coverage for my personal injuries.
  5. Release, waive and discharge and covenant not to sue the Tournament Host and their respective administrators, directors, agents, coaches, and other employees or volunteers of the organization; event officials; medical personnel; other participants, their parents, guardian(s), supervisors and coaches; sponsoring agencies; sponsors; advertisers; and, if applicable, owners, lessors, and lessees of premises used to conduct the event, all of whom are hereinafter referred to as "releasees", from any and all claims, demands, losses, or damages on account of injury, including permanent disability and death or damage to property, caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the releasees or otherwise to the fullest extent permitted by California law.
  6. Acknowledge that this waiver, indemnification and release of liability expressly includes transportation to and from, or in connection with any activity or event of Tournament Host in any vehicle, including transportation to and from medical treatment.
  7. Understand and agree that by signing, agreeing, and confirming to this waiver form through Tournament Host website or via Electronic Mail (e-mail) through your participating team’s head coach or in a physical form, indemnification and release of liability, I am agreeing to release, indemnify the "releasees”, described in paragraph 5 above, and hold them harmless from any and all liability, or costs, including but not limited to attorney fees, associated with or arising from my participation.
  8. Understand and agree that if I am signing, agreeing, and confirming to this waiver form through Tournament Host website or via Electronic Mail (e-mail) through your participating team’s head coach or in a physical form, indemnification and release of liability on behalf of my minor child, that I will be giving up the same rights for said minor as I would be giving up if I signed this document on my own behalf. I further agree that as a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a minor participant under 18 years of age, that I will instruct the minor participant to the above warnings and conditions and their ramifications, and that I consent to the minor's participation.
  9. Understand and agree that this agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Laws of the State of New York. All disputes and matters whatsoever arising under, in connection with, or incident to this agreement shall be litigated, if at all, in and before a court located in the State of New York, U.S.A. to the exclusion of any other State or Country.
  10. Understand and agree that this agreement may be terminated only by:
    • Ceasing to participate in any and all activities of the Tournament Host AND
    • Providing written notice to the Tournament Host; OR
    • Signing and returning to the Tournament Host a later version of this agreement.
    • Termination by written notice to the Tournament Host will not be effective until 120 days after I cease being a member of the Tournament Host.

I have read the above waiver, indemnification, and release of liability agreement, and understand that I give up substantial rights by signing it and knowing this, sign it voluntarily. I further agree that no oral representations, statements, or inducements, apart from the above agreement have been made. I agree that this agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law and if any portion is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue to have full force and effect. I agree to participate knowing the risks and conditions involved and do so entirely upon my own free will. I also acknowledge that if English is not my first language, that I have sought out the assistance of someone competent to translate this form to me. I acknowledge that the name and identity given to the Tournament Host is factual, honest and I am representing my full legal name. I have signed and agree through electronic or physical form that I am at least the legal age of 18 years old to participate in a contact sport and Tournament Host will solely depend on your electronic or physical signatures to confirm your identity. My electronic signature through Tournament Host website or via Electronic Mail (e-mail) through your participating team’s head coach or in a physical form signature to be a declaration that I have so read and understand this Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement.