This was a rematch of the Manila Masters semis, where Futian easily prevailed in what had been their best stretch of play this season.
Both teams had compiled a dazzling Day Two and this promised to be an epic final. It lived up to the hype although appeared set to be a runaway victory for Futian, who scored the first six points within the opening two minutes.
San Juan needed a response and they turned to star Antonio Ralat, who hit his first basket with a pretty floater off the glass.
A two-pointer from Leandro Allende capped an 8-3 run from San Juan, who reduced the deficit to a single point. But Futian responded with Dimeo van der Horst in attack mode with three quick points to maintain breathing room.
San Juan went cold until Ralat stepped up and his two-piece cut Futian's lead to 16-15. Hanyu Guo hit a clutch two then MVP van der Horst fittingly iced the game with a tough layup as Futian finally celebrated a title.
The reward: Three tickets to the Manama Masters
Futian, San Juan and Partizan received tickets and joined Hangzhou and Jeddah as the teams qualified to the Manama Masters on November 16-17.
Final Standings: 1. Futian (CHN) 2. San Juan (PUR) 3. Partizan (SRB) 4. Plunge (LTU) 5. Ub Huishan NE (SRB)
Top Scorers: 1. Antonio Ralat (San Juan, PUR) 39 pts 2. Stefan Milivojevic (Partizan, SRB) 31 pts 3. Dimeo van der Horst (Futian, CHN), 30 pts 4. Hanyu Guo (Futian, CHN) 30 pts 5. Dianliang Zhang (Futian, CHN) 28 pts
Key Stats: - Top seeds Ub Huishan NE and Antwerp TOPdesk fell in the quarters - No.1 player Strahinja Stojacic was unstoppable with 13 points in Ub's win over Princeton on Day One. - Adrian Bogucki of Warsaw Lotto (POL) produced the only triple-five in Split with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 7 highlights against Utrect (NED).