ABL’s ALAB Pilipinas plays Saigon Heat on Feb. 5

TEAM ALAB Pilipinas grants its local fans a bit of its hardcourt action when the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) tips off at the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras Gym) this weekend.

ALAB Pilipinas plays the Saigon Heat squad of Vietnam on its first local appearance set on February 5 at 8 p.m. and against the Hongkong Eastern Long Lions on March 19 as presented by the ABL Promotions in cooperation with the Davao City Sports Development Division Office/City Mayors Office.


Sporting a 5-2 win-loss record tied with the Hongkong Eastern Long Lions going to Sunday’s match ALAB Pilipinas banks on go-to-guy Bobby Ray Parks Jr. along with its cast having Dean Paulo Hubalde, Lawrence Domingo, Ronaldo Cawaling, Sampson Carter, Robby Celiz, Igee Bobbie King, Jeric Marco Fortuna, Anthony Louie Gavieres, Jens Dieter Knuttel, Mark Jove Mendoza, Hezy Val Acuna II, Hanz Paul Franz Thiele Jr. and 6’11 forward/center James Thomas Hughes.

ALAB Pilipinas headcoach is Ronald Cuan and assisted by John Paul Cuan and Paolo Rivero while Charlie Dy is the team manager.

Team Saigon Heat of Vietnam trails behind ALAB Pilipinas on the standings at 1-4 will banner its cast having Tuan Tu Stefan Nguyen, Lenny Mc Arthur Daniel, Thanh Nhan Nguyen, Joshua Eugene Munzon, Van Hung Nguyen, Haminn Irome Quaintance, Van Day Le, David Harrison Arnold, Lam Anh Duy Nguyen, Quc Tan Bui, Dang Hien Tran and beanpole seven-foot-one center Christien Jermaine Charles. Headcoach is Anthony Garbelotto assisted by David Singleton and Phan Thanh Canh while Connor Nguyen is the team manager.

Team ALAB Pilipinas is expected to arrive on February 4 and will have a basketball clinic for the kids as part of their itinerary.

Admission is free.

ABL Team Standings

                                                                           W       L

Singapore Slingers                                         8        2

Hongkong Eastern Long Lions                  5        2

ALAB Pilipinas                                                5        2

Saigon Heat                                                      1        4

Westports Malaysian Dragons                    1        5

Kaohsiung Truth                                             1        6

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