Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam complete cast for 2016-2017 ABL Season - 8 days ago
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2016-2017 season. The aforementioned three teams are actually no strangers to ABL fans. The Saigon Heat joined the league back in 2012 and is now entering its fifth season. The Vietnam-based team has been a semifinalist in ea... [read more]
The stage has been set and the cast is now complete. The newest season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is set to begin as the Westports Malaysia Dragons, Singapore Slingers, and the Saigon Heat from Vietnam, have all confirmed their participation in the upcoming 2016-2017 season. The aforementioned three teams are actually no strangers to ABL fans. The Saigon Heat joined the league back in 2012 and is now entering its fifth season. The Vietnam-based team has been a semifinalist in each of the last two seasons. Meanwhile, both the Dragons and Slingers have been a part of the league ever since its inception in 2009. Last season, the Dragons and Slingers faced off in a thrilling five-game series with Malaysia earning their first ever ABL title in franchise history. The Dragons were spearheaded by World Import MVP Reggie Johnson (208-C-89, college: Miami, FL, agency: Three Eye Sports), ASEAN Heritage MVP Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure), and ABL Finals MVP Jason Brickman (181-PG-91, college: LIU Brooklyn). For its brand new season, the ABL will now feature six teams from six different nations. Last July, the league welcomed teams outside the Southeast Asia region for the very first time in its seven-year existence. The Kaohsiung Truth from Taiwan and the Hong Kong Eastern were the two teams that pledged their support for the only professional regional basketball league in Southeast Asia. The Kaohsiung Truth is a team based on Kaohsiung City, a special municipality just southwest of Taiwan. It is also set to become the first professional Christian ministry basketball club once the season begins. The team Hong Kong Eastern meanwhile is under Eastern Sports Club, a prominent sports organization in Hong Kong that has found success in both football and basketball. The league's latest addition is team hailing from the Philippines, the Pilipinas Basketball Club, Inc. The team is owned by Virtual Playground, sports management agency which also happens to cater to former ABL stars such as Justin Melton, Moala Tautaa, and most recently, former Slingers standout Kris Rosales. The six nations all have something to prove and all want to cement themselves as strong basketball clubs across Asia. The cast of teams is now complete as the upcoming seventh season of the ABL looks to be diverse, exciting, and competitive. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
he ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) continues to grow. In the past few weeks, the league opened its arms and welcomed two new teams: Taiwan's Kaohsiung Truth and Hong Kong Eastern. And now, a new Philippine team is set to make its mark in the first and only professional regional basketball league in South East Asia. The Pilipinas Basketball Club, Inc. (PBCI) is the newest team to join the ABL. The PBCI is owned by the sports management agency Virtual Playground, which is headed by Dondon Mon... [read more]
he ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) continues to grow. In the past few weeks, the league opened its arms and welcomed two new teams: Taiwan's Kaohsiung Truth and Hong Kong Eastern. And now, a new Philippine team is set to make its mark in the first and only professional regional basketball league in South East Asia. The Pilipinas Basketball Club, Inc. (PBCI) is the newest team to join the ABL. The PBCI is owned by the sports management agency Virtual Playground, which is headed by Dondon Monteverde and Charlie Dy, two of the most influential men in Philippines' entertainment and sports. Among the athletes under the Virtual Playground management are current PBA players and former ABL stars Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.), Justin Melton (180-G-87, college: Mount Olive), and Kris Rosales (183-G, college: Hope International). 'We at Virtual Playground and PBCI see the growing potential of the ABL,' says Dy. 'We just want the Philippines to be represented well that's why we're making this effort.' PBCI would be the fourth team from the Philippines to take part in the league since its inception. The AirAsia Philippine Patriots, who won the inaugural championship in 2010, the San Miguel Beermen, who won the title in 2013, and the Pilipinas MX3 Kings (previously the Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas) have all previously represented the Philippines. PBCI's roster and official team name for the upcoming seventh season of the ABL has yet to be finalized. Currently, they plan to play in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Cebu, and Davao. The PBCI and Virtual Playground are also thinking long-term in helping Filipinos gain access to the game of basketball. 'Since ABL is only a six-month league, PBCI is planning to partner with the different LGU's (local government units) nationwide in holding free basketball clinics as our commitment to grassroots development,' added Dy. With three new additions to the ABL, the upcoming 2016-2017 tournament is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons to date. 'Primarily, as a Filipino, it gives you great joy that your country is represented in the ABL,' says Jericho Ilagan, Chief Operating Officer of the ASEN Basketball League. 'Add to that the fact that Dondon (Monteverde) and Charlie (Dy) are very prominent and well-known in the sports industry, you know that they'd send a very competitive team.' Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
2015-2016 ABL Finals, has announced today that a team from Taiwan will be joining the league starting this 2016-2017 season. The team will be known as the Kaohsiung Truth. [read more]
The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), fresh from a record breaking attendance in the recently concluded 2015-2016 ABL Finals, has announced today that a team from Taiwan will be joining the league starting this 2016-2017 season. The team will be known as the Kaohsiung Truth.
Playing out of Kaohsiung City, a special municipality in the southwest of Taiwan, the team is in the midst of creating history as there has never been a professional Christian ministry basketball team. They will also be the first team outside of the Southeast Asia region to join the league.
The Kaohsiung Truth is primarily backed by The Truth Network, a group of Christian Radio Stations in the United States that broadcasts and streams live, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
'We've been putting this project together for about a year with the realization that we can use the sport of basketball as a platform to tackle the issues related to the 10/40 window,' said Stu Epperson, Team Owner of the Kaohsiung Truth. He added: 'Being accustomed to this beautiful country and having the basketball background that we do, we wanted to create opportunities to share God's love with other countries and communities.'
The lone team from Taiwan has already enlisted several players to bolster their squad for the upcoming season - Americans 7'2 James Tyler and 6'8' Chris Oliver and Taiwanese players 6'7 Carlos Andrade, 6'3 Wesley Hsu, and 6'3 Sabatino Chen. They are also looking to sign players from Kaohsiung to boost their team and give it the much needed local flavor.
'We welcome the Kaohsiung Truth to the ABL family with open arms,' said ABL Chief Operations Officer Jericho Ilagan. 'Adding a team from outside of the Southeast Asia region is a step towards the right direction to further strengthen the sport of basketball.'
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