ASEAN Basketball League

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ASEAN Basketball League (ABL)
Most recent season or competition:
2018–19 ABL season
ASEAN Basketball League.png
SportBasketball
Founded2009
Owner(s)Tune Group
No. of teams10
Countries China (1 team)
 Macau (1 team)
 Hong Kong (1 team)
 Indonesia (1 team)
 Malaysia (1 team)
 Philippines (1 team)
 Singapore (1 team)
 Thailand (1 team)
 Chinese Taipei (1 team)
 Vietnam (1 team)
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
champion(s)
Philippines San Miguel Alab Pilipinas (1st title)
Most titlesThailand Hi-Tech Bangkok City
(2 titles)
TV partner(s)Hong Kong Cable TV
Indonesia Vidio
Malaysia RTM
Philippines S+A
Singapore StarHub
Thailand Mono 29
Taiwan Eleven Sports Network
Vietnam FPT
Official websitewww.aseanbasketballleague.com

The ASEAN Basketball League, often abbreviated to the ABL, is a men's professional basketball league in Southeast Asia, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Six clubs from six different countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) competed in the league's 2009 inaugural season.[1] The league was proposed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and launched on 1 October 2009.[1]

Logo used for the first season with General Electric as the title sponsor.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Basketball officials from 6 ASEAN nations gathered in Metro Manila on 1 September 2009 to officially launch the new league.[citation needed]

League expansion[edit]

On 22 September 2011, the Brunei Barracudas announced that they were bowing out of the third season of ABL after participating for 2 seasons.[citation needed]

On 20 October 2011, the Saigon Sports Academy officially announced the participation of Saigon Heat into the third season of ABL, making them the first ever international professional basketball team to represent Vietnam.[citation needed]

In 2012, San Miguel Beermen and Bangkok Cobras joined the league aside from Saigon Heat. Unfortunately, after one season, the Cobras left the league with the Beermen leaving after they won the title in 2013.

In 2014, Laskar Dreya South Sumatra (INA) joined ABL, but they left after the 2014 season.

In 2015, Pilipinas MX3 Kings and Mono Vampire joined the league. Unfortunately, both teams left the league in 2016.

On 17 July 2016, it was announced that Kaohsiung Truth, a team from Kaohsiung, Taiwan will participate in the 2016–17 season.[2] On 30 July 2016, the Eastern Basketball Club confirmed its participation in the league.[3] The two teams were the first teams from outside Southeast Asia to compete in the league. The Philippines made their return in the league with the joining of Alab Pilipinas on 6 August 2016.

On September 2017, the league confirmed the entry of four new teams: CLS Knights Surabaya, Formosa Dreamers, the returning Mono Vampire Basketball Club[4], and the Nanhai Kung Fu[citation needed]. Kaoshiung Truth disbanded after the 2016-17 season.

After the 2018 season, the Kung Fu moved to Macau and became the Macau Black Bears[5], while the league announced the addition of the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, based in Zhuhai in the Pearl River delta.[6]

Teams[edit]

Team City / Region Arena Capacity Founded Joined ABL Head coach
Indonesia CLS Knights Indonesia Surabaya GOR Kertajaya Surabaya 3,000 1946 2017 United States Brian Rowsom
Hong Kong Hong Kong Eastern Wan Chai, Hong Kong Southorn Stadium 2,000 1932 2016 Spain Eduard Torres
Chinese Taipei Formosa Dreamers Changhua Changhua Stadium 5,743 2017 United States Dean Murray
Macau Macau Black Bears Macau University of Macau Sports Complex
Nanhai Gymnasium, Nanhai
TBC 2017 China Mu Jianxin
Thailand Mono Vampire Nonthaburi Stadium 29 5,000 2014 2015 United States Douglas Clark Marty
Vietnam Saigon Heat Ho Chi Minh City CIS Arena 2,500 2011 2012 Canada Kyle Julius
Philippines San Miguel Alab Pilipinas Metro Manila Caloocan Sports Complex, Caloocan 3,000 2016 Philippines Jimmy Alapag
Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay 12,000
Lapu-Lapu City Hoops Dome 6,000
Santa Rosa, Laguna Santa Rosa Sports Complex 5,700[7]
Antipolo, Rizal Ynares Center 7,400
Singapore Singapore Slingers Kallang, Singapore OCBC Arena 3,000 2006 2009 Singapore Neo Beng Siang
Malaysia Westports Malaysia Dragons Kuala Lumpur MABA Stadium 2,500 2009 Australia Jamie Pearlman
China Wolf Warriors Zhuhai Doumen Gymnasium
University of Macau Sports Complex
TBC 2018 United States Matt Skillman

Former teams[edit]

Locations of former ABL teams.
Country Team Years
From To
 Brunei Brunei Barracudas 2009 2011
 Indonesia Indonesia Warriors 2012 2014
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra 2014
Satria Muda BritAma 2009 2011
 Philippines AirAsia Philippine Patriots 2009 2012
Pilipinas MX3 Kings 2015 2016
San Miguel Beermen 2012 2013
 Thailand Bangkok Cobras 2012
Hi-Tech Bangkok City 2009 2016
 Taiwan Kaohsiung Truth 2016 2017

Champions[edit]

The finals was a best-of-5 (2–2–1) series (2010, 2013, 2016–present), it became best-of-3 (1–1–1) series from 2011–12 and 2014.

Season Finalists Semifinalists
Country Champions Result Country Runners-up Country Semifinalist Country Semifinalist
2009–10  PHI Philippine Patriots^ 3–0  INA Satria Muda BritAma  SIN Singapore Slingers  MAS Kuala Lumpur Dragons
2010–11  THA Chang Thailand Slammers^ 2–0  PHI AirAsia Philippine Patriots  MAS Westports KL Dragons  SIN Singapore Slingers
2012  INA Indonesia Warriors 2–1  PHI San Miguel Beermen^  PHI AirAsia Philippine Patriots  MAS Westports Malaysia Dragons
2013  PHI San Miguel Beermen^ 3–0  INA Indonesia Warriors  MAS Westports Malaysia Dragons  THA Sports Rev Thailand Slammers
2014  THA Hi-Tech Bangkok City 2–0  MAS Westports Malaysia Dragons^  SIN Singapore Slingers  VIE Saigon Heat
2015–16  MAS Westports Malaysia Dragons^ 3–2  SIN Singapore Slingers  THA Hi-Tech Bangkok City  VIE Saigon Heat
2016–17  HKG Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions^ 3–1  SIN Singapore Slingers  PHI Alab Pilipinas  VIE Saigon Heat
2017–18  PHI San Miguel Alab Pilipinas 3–2  THA Mono Vampire  CHN Chong Son Kung Fu^  HKG Hong Kong Eastern
  • ^ finished regular season with the best win-loss record.

Championship table by country[edit]

This medal ranking is based on the country the club represents. The winning country bags the Gold, the runner-up gets the silver, while the semifinalists are awarded with a bronze.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Philippines3227
2 Thailand2125
3 Indonesia1203
4 Malaysia1146
5 Hong Kong1012
6 Singapore0235
7 Vietnam0033
8 China0011
Totals (8 nations)881632

Championship table by club[edit]

This medal ranking is based on the club/team representation.

Team  Gold  Silver  Bronze Total
Thailand Hi-Tech Bangkok City 2 0 2 4
Malaysia Westports Malaysia Dragons^^ 1 1 4 6
Philippines AirAsia Philippine Patriots 1 1 1 3
Indonesia Indonesia Warriors 1 1 0 2
Philippines San Miguel Beermen 1 1 0 2
Hong Kong Hong Kong Eastern^^ 1 0 1 2
Philippines San Miguel Alab Pilipinas^^ 1 0 1 2
Singapore Singapore Slingers^^ 0 2 3 5
Thailand Mono Vampire^^ 0 1 0 1
Indonesia Satria Muda BritAma 0 1 0 1
Vietnam Saigon Heat^^ 0 0 3 3
China Chong Son Kung Fu^^ 0 0 1 1
Total 8 8 16 32
  • ^^ teams that are still active

Individual awards[edit]

The league awards five (5) individual awards: the Local MVP, World Import MVP, ASEAN Heritage MVP and the Defensive Player of the Year awards to its players and the Coach of the Year award given to the league's best head coach.

Prior to the 2015–16 ABL season, there was only one (1) MVP award for imports and was called the Best Import award. It was divided into two for World Imports (for players hailing from outside Southeast Asia and to the ASEAN Heritage Imports (for players from other Southeast Asian countries or players with at least one Southeast Asian parent).

Also, the Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards were only awarded since the 2012 season.

Most Valuable Players[edit]

Special Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIBA Asia – ASEAN Basketball League takes off". FIBA. Archived from the original on 16 August 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  2. ^ Taiwan's Kaohsiung Truth Joins ABL as League Expands
  3. ^ Hong Kong Eastern Confirms Participation In ABL
  4. ^ Lee, David (25 September 2017). "Nine teams for new ABL season". New Straits Times. TNP. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Chong Son Kung Fu Relocates and Rebrands to Macau Black Bears | ABL". ABL. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  6. ^ "ASEAN Basketball League adds historic 10th team with the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors | ABL". ABL. 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  7. ^ http://santarosacity.gov.ph/news-manager/2017/03/world-class-multi-purpose-complex-opens-in-santa-rosa/
  8. ^ a b Tan, Les (July 20, 2010). "Attaporn MVP win highlight of losing ABL season for Thailand Tigers". Red Sports. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Mario Wuysang MVP Sesi Reguler ABL" [Mario Wuysang is ABL Regular Season MVP]. Republika. March 5, 2011.
  10. ^ Belen, Reynaldo (June 28, 2012). "Beermen's Avenido is ABL Local MVP". InterAksyon. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  11. ^ "San Miguel's Taulava named ABL MVP". ABS-CBNnews.com. June 5, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  12. ^ Slingers’ Wong Wei Long Wins 2014 ABL Local MVP
  13. ^ Basketball: Slingers’ Wong Wei Long named ABL Local MVP
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ AirAsia Philippine Patriots’ Anthony Johnson Scoops Up ABL's Best Import Award 2012
  17. ^ Bangkok City's Chris Charles Wins Second Consecutive ABL Import MVP Award

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