IT’S TIME to light the fires once again for Alab Pilipinas, the Philippines’ representative in the ASEAN Basketball League’s eighth season, which opens with a home game of the squad at the Mall of Asia Arena this Sunday, live on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD at 8 p.m.
Alab, which almost made it to last year’s Finals, is raring to make a splash in the international scene again behind a new coach in former national player and professional great, Jimmy Alapag.
Alapag will be relying on his main guns like 2016-2017 ABL MVP Bobby Ray Parks, Jr., former Green Archer and UAAP champion Rico Maierhoffer, Fil-Am swingman Lawrence Domingo, and hulking American import, former Atlanta Hawk Ivan Johnson. Spicing up the squad will be the veteran presence of the Cebuano Hotshot, Dondon Hontiveros, who brings his legendary sniping to the ABL.
The Philippine team hopes to make a deeper run in the new season after falling short of their objective last year: to win a championship. However, they’ll be facing stiffer competition with the entry of four new squads.
Joining the fray in one of the best professional basketball leagues in Southeast Asia are the Formosa Dreamers from Taiwan, CLS Knights from Indonesia, Nanhai Long Lions from China, and the returning Mono Vampire squad from Thailand. They’ll be going up against our very own Alab Pilipinas, the Singapore Slingers, the Saigon Heat, the Westsports Malaysia Dragons, and the defending champions Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, who will feature Philippine national team standout Christian Standhardinger as import.
Don’t miss the opening day festivities of the eighth ABL season this Sunday, live from the MoA Arena on S+A and S+A HD at 8 p.m.
Aside from that, the gates will be open to Filipino hoop nuts all over the metro so they can catch their Alab Pilipinas in the flesh.For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter.