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amdgc82
01-19-2009, 09:29 AM
http://redsports.sg/2009/01/18/asean-basketball-league/

ASEAN Basketball League will be announced on Monday, January 19
January 18, 2009

Basketball fans will be thrilled to know that the details of an ASEAN Basketball League will be announced on Monday, January 19, 2009.

Red Sports has been invited to attend the press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and we’ll report back on more details when we get them.

If the league does eventually take off, it will be the first professional sports league in ASEAN and will boost the Singapore sports industry and particularly the development of basketball.

The Singapore Slingers will play in the inaugural league and in all probability, each ASEAN team will see a mix of citizens and imports.

None of the national teams will be involved and the league will be a professional league.

Watch this space for more updates.

amdgc82
01-19-2009, 09:32 AM
http://www.bt.com.bn/en/2009/01/18/brunei_for_asean_league

Brunei for Asean league?
Sunday, January 18, 2009

http://www.bt.com.bn/en/files/images/photos/2009-01-18/l1001dc60.jpg
Game for bigger challenge, guys?: 2008 Aewon Sultan's Cup champions Ilongo Slashers (in red) in action against Tumasek during the Aewon Sultan's Cup final at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat last year. Some Ilongo players could soon represent Brunei at the Asean Basketball League. Picture: BT fileJason Thomas
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Sultanate has been invited to participate in a new regional basketball league BBA to discuss chance to play in Asean Basketball League

THE Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) will be holding their annual general meeting today, with one of the topics on the agenda being the country's participation in a newly formed regional basketball league.

The Asean Basketball League is being formed to promote basketball in the region by introducing a new regional basketball league consisting of professional club teams from Southeast Asian countries.

Though the Sultanate does not have any professional teams of its own, there is a possibility that one could be set up to compete in the league in the future.

"I cannot disclose whether we will send a team or not because we will only be discussing the matter during our AGM tomorrow," said BBA secretary Christina Tan when contacted by The Brunei Times yesterday.

"Our participation in the Asean Basketball League will be one of the topics on the agenda and we will keep the media informed on any new developments," the BBA secretary added.

National basketball coach Bennett Palad was also unable to shed more light on the topic, only saying that he knew the country had been given an invitation to compete.

"I only got back to town (from the Philippines) a couple of days ago so I do not know much about this either," said Palad during a telephone interview yesterday.

"I think we were invited, but I am not sure. The association has not informed me about this yet," added the Philippine coach.

Head coach of 2008 Aewon Sultan's Cup champions Ilongo Slashers, Jess Violeta, stated that though it would be difficult to set up a team to compete in the league, it would not be impossible.

Citing the lack of resources and talent in the Sultanate as two barriers, Violeta felt that with enough support, Brunei could be represented at the Asean Basketball League.

"The resources and talent in this country are very limited and if you want to talk about forming a team to compete against clubs from the Philippines or Singapore we only have a select few players who are capable of doing so," said Violeta.

"But I am sure that with enough support from the private sector and backing from the government something can be done," he added.

The formation of the league will for the first time see professional teams consisting of international players from the United States, Europe and Australia playing alongside local players fighting for sporting glory among their regional neighbours in a regional league played on a home and away basis.

Malaysia's Tune Sports, in collaboration with the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA), will officially be announcing the formation of the league the first of its kind in Southeast Asia at a Press conference in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

The Brunei Times

amdgc82
01-19-2009, 08:19 PM
http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20090119-184309/New-basketball-league-for-Southeast-Asia

New basketball league for Southeast Asia
Agence France-Presse
First Posted 19:42:00 01/19/2009

KUALA LUMPUR—Southeast Asia on Monday launched an ambitious professional basketball league -- to begin in September -- aimed at boosting the popularity and standards of the game in the region.

The "ASEAN Basketball League" is backed by regional tycoons including AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thoir, who have contributed $5 million in total between them.

Organizers said that basketball is the second most popular team sport behind football among the 600 million population of Southeast Asia. At least eight teams are expected to play in the inaugural league.

Patrick Baumann, secretary-general of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), said Asia was ready for a professional league but warned organizers will have to ensure it doesn't fade away after a few years.

"The time is right but it is not going to be simple to sustain the league," he told reporters at the launch of the ABL.

Baumann said the league would need top-notch management and that the participating teams would have to be of a high standard to woo fans.

"There has to be good entertainment. The clubs need to be managed professionally and well funded. You cannot have the league for one or two years and then stop," he said.

Fernandes downplayed fears that the ABL may not succeed and said it could one day join the popular ranks of the NBA in the United States.

"Yes, there will be a lot of obstacles and road blocks. But no mountain will stop us," he said.

"During an economic downturn like now, this new league will create jobs. Can you imagine 5,000 people during this slowdown flying to Manila to watch a game?" Fernandes said of the possible wider economic benefits of the league.

In terms of national rankings among the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines tops the table in basketball followed by Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Fernandes said the league will sow the seeds for new talent and boost the sport in the region, adding that foreign professional players will play the circuit.

"The aim is to develop local talent. Foreign players from outside ASEAN will be role models. Maybe one day our players will play in the NBA," he said.

FIBA president Bob Elphinston said the league will be organized by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA), the governing body for basketball in the region.

Each of the 10 Southeast Asian nations is allowed a maximum of two privately owned teams in the league. Prize money has not been finalized yet.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Growling.Fish
01-19-2009, 09:17 PM
This is way too costly and ambitious. I think the league should just concentrate all their games in a single country. Singapore is the perfect home for this league as it hosts a number of nationals from its neighbouring countries.

amdgc82
01-20-2009, 06:52 AM
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/sportsnews/view/403526/1/.html

Basketball: New ASEAN league to start in September
By Patwant Singh, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 19 January 2009 2159 hrs

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SINGAPORE : Southeast Asian countries have a new basketball league that will start in September.

The ASEAN Basketball League is being backed by AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thoir, who are pumping in a total of US$5 million into the venture.

The league will be organised by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA), the governing body for basketball in the region.

Each of the 10 Southeast Asian countries will be allowed to send in a maximum of two privately-owned teams.

Singapore Slingers will be one of the teams competing in the league, which organisers hope will help develop new talent.

While the prize money has yet to be finalised, foreign professionals are expected to play the circuit.

Organisers said basketball is the second most popular sport after football for Southeast Asia's population of 600 million.

The Philippines tops the national rankings in ASEAN, followed by Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

At Monday's launch in Kuala Lumpur, Mr Fernandes was hopeful that the league's players would someday play in the NBA, but for now, it had other spin-offs.

He said: "During an economic downturn like now, this new league will create jobs. Can you imagine 5,000 people during this slowdown flying to Manila to watch a game?"

At least eight teams are expected to play in the inaugural league. - CNA/ms

amdgc82
01-20-2009, 07:00 AM
http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news_sports.php?id=384746

January 19, 2009 21:38 PM

First Asean Basketball League Starts In Sept

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- The first Asean* Basketball League (ABL), similar to the well-known United States' NBA League and the EUROLeague Basketball, is expected to begin in September.

International Basketball Federation Asian Zone (FIBA Asia) secretary-general Datuk Yeoh Choo Hock said the ABL would be made up of professional franchise teams and would be hosted by cities in the Asean member countries, with the franchise holders raising the needed funds on their own.

"Some Asean countries already have their own local leagues. So I think creating the franchise team should not be a big issue," he told reporters after launching the league Monday.

Yeoh said teams which were interested to join the ABL would be assessed by FIBA Asia based on several criteria, including experience, finance, and the business plan on running and sustaining a team.

However, every team will be permitted to enlist two non-Asean players and two non-local Asean players, he said.

Meanwhile ABL chairman Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, the chief executive officer of Air Asia, said the target for the initial start of the league was between eight and 10 teams which would play on a home-and-away basis, leading to the knock-out and playoff rounds, with the winners advancing.

Tony said the league, scheduled to start in early September, was expected to go on until February 2010 for the first season.

"It has been a long-time dream of mine to unite Asean under a single banner of sports, and with the ABL, it will bring a whole new era on how sports is organised and marketed in this region," he said.

The ABL will work with the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) and their members on the technical aspects of the organisation and running of the league.

The ABL would also market the league to sponsors and potential team owners, while providing a central fund for development to support the teams.

-- BERNAMA

amdgc82
01-20-2009, 07:06 AM
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=433217&publicationSubCategoryId=69

Asean pro cage league launched
By Abac Cordero Updated January 20, 2009 12:00 AM*

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Fiba president Bob Elphinston, Asean Basketball League chair Tony Fernandes, Seaba secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock, Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann and Seaba president Erick Thohir join hands during the launching of the Asean basketball league.

KUALA LUMPUR – The Asean Basketball League, a home-and-away tournament that would feature professional teams owned by private corporations, was formally launched here yesterday.

And the early buzz is that the Philippines, considered as the basketball capital of Asia, should be the team to beat whoever gets to represent the country.

The tournament has always been a dream for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) under Erick Thohir and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) under Bob Elphinston.

But only after top officials of these basketball bodies came to meet Tony Fernandes, a successful businessman from Malaysia, did the project get the much-needed shot in the arm.

“I’ve never played basketball in my life and never imagined being a chairman of a basketball league,” said Fernandes, owner of Air Asia and a string of hotels under the Tune Group.

“There is skepticism but we need to try. It’s all about dreaming. My life has always been full of dreams,” said Fernandes, whose airline company has grown from only two planes to 75 in only seven years.

He’d like to see the ABL grow as fast as his business empire, and by September this year, when the league officially takes off, Fernandes wants to see more than a handful teams for its inaugurals.

There will be teams from the Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Each country can field more than one team, and each one reinforced by two non-Asian players and two Asian players.

“There can even be Filipinos playing for the other teams,” said Fernandes, who always mentioned the Philippines ahead of the rest each time he talked about the participating countries.

The teams will visit the different countries during the eliminations and the crucial phases, and by February 2010 the first ABL champion would be crowned. To ensure balance, a strict salary cap will be enforced.

Fernandes said he’s looking at a prize money of at least $30,000 for the champion. Just a small pie, he said, and what’s important is to get the tournament going first.

Thohir said franchise forms are now being distributed, and franchise fees being pegged at a very reasonable rate. The SEABA president said there’s been no representation yet from the Philippines or the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

Curiously, however, Graham Lim, the controversial official of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, was at the coffee shop of the Park Royal Hotel here with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann.

Also in the press conference attended by journalists from different Asean countries was SEABA secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock who first met Fernandes at the Beijing airport during the 2008 Olympics.

What the SEABA and FIBA have been discussing for almost two years now took Hock and Fernandes only 15 minutes to tackle. And after only three meetings afterwards came the ABL.

“There will be many roadblocks, many bumps along the way. But if the spirit is right, no mountain is impassable,” said Fernandes.

amdgc82
01-20-2009, 07:09 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20090120-184374/ASEAN-cage-league-launched

ASEAN cage league launched
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:28:00 01/20/2009

KUALA LUMPUR —Filipino basketball players can now play for pay on a bigger stage.

The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), a new association open to professional teams, rolls off this year in a bid to boost the game’s standard in the region.

“Clearly, Asia has made a major step forward in reaching the top level of organizational basketball,” Patrick Baumann, FIBA (international basketball federation) secretary general, said Monday at the league launch here.

The ABL will have a starting field of at least eight teams operated by private owners from each member country. Teams will play on a home-and-away format in the elimination phase, followed by a knockout playoff round starting in September until February 2010.

“In terms of level of competition, we’re not there yet, but with this league, the level of competition among Southeast Asian members will go up,” said Eric Thohir, president of the Southeast Asia Basketball Association.

“The number of teams (has not been finalized), but we’ll make sure that one country can have more than one team,” added Seaba secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.

Local talents will comprise the majority of players and only four imports—two non-Asians and two Asians—will be allowed to play in each team.

“They’ve always restricted the number of players to two, and as a result, the Australians have developed well,” said FIBA president Bob Elphinston.

“The aim is to develop local talents and local stars,” added Tony Fernandes, league chair and Air Asia CEO. “And maybe one day our countries will perform at the highest levels.”

Officials said the league will also ensure balanced competition.

“We know some countries are more advanced in this sport,” noted Thohir. “Players from the Philippines can also play as a foreign player for another team.”

The Philippines is the acknowledged power in ASEAN basketball, having dominated the Southeast Asian Games competition and other Seaba tournaments.

amdgc82
01-20-2009, 07:20 AM
http://redsports.sg/2009/01/19/slingers-asean-basketball-league/

Slingers set for ASEAN Basketball League in Sep 2009
January 19, 2009
By Les Tan

http://redsports.sg/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/abl_fernandez.jpg
Tony Fernandes, the chairman of the new ASEAN Basketball League, speaking at the launch of the new league this afternoon in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo © Les Tan/Red Sports)

Kuala Lumpur, Monday, January 19, 2009 - The Singapore Slingers, the island’s first professional basketball team, will play in an ASEAN Basketball League slated to tip off in September 2009.

“We’ve never had in ASEAN regular sports that we all can go to,” said Tony Fernandes, the chairman of the proposed ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

Apart from the Slingers, the ABL will look to have at least seven other teams for the home-and-away league.

From tomorrow, prospective owners will be invited to send in their applications to the league. There will be no more than two teams per country. Each team roster will tentatively have eight locals, two imports and two ASEAN players.

“The aim is to build local talent, local stars. The aim is to see our countries perform at the highest levels,” said Fernandes.

The ABL will look to sponsorships, merchandising and fees from broadcast rights to sustain its operations and hopes to break even in two years.

He also added that the league will need about US$5 million to fund promotional activities and operations.

The ABL will be the first professional sports league in ASEAN and should provide a filip to the local sports industries of the respective countries.

pachador
01-20-2009, 11:03 AM
Thanks for the posts amdgc, I have a guess kung sino pakulo nito. if you go to interbasket and look under the asian leagues postings, you will see a poster with an "indian" name asking for comments on forming an asian league. i got the feeling that this is the guy or the alalay of the guy in the press release above . "Fernandes" is of portugues origin and from his face he either comes from Goa, a portugues enclave in india before or from Sri lanka. another personality mentioned is Elphinston who is known to advocate an Asian-wide pro league spearheaded by the australian league if my memory is right. you can see the singapore slingers in the same news again which is owned by an australian. the big question is whether this is good for philippine basketball? who will benefit more? us or other countries? and there is graham lim mentioned too.
by involving FIBA in this league is a form of indirect pressure on philippine leagues, and the reason this ASEAN league need filipino participation is obvious, we bring in the fans.
this is probably why the PBA and PBL has not said anything about this due to the implications of this new league. They are studying carefully the ramifications of this new league.

D_I_A
01-20-2009, 01:19 PM
Asean pro cage league launched
By Abac Cordero Updated January 20, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar


Fiba president Bob Elphinston, Asean Basketball League chair Tony Fernandes, Seaba secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock, Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann and Seaba president Erick Thohir join hands during the launching of the Asean basketball league.

KUALA LUMPUR – The Asean Basketball League, a home-and-away tournament that would feature professional teams owned by private corporations, was formally launched here yesterday.

And the early buzz is that the Philippines, considered as the basketball capital of Asia, should be the team to beat whoever gets to represent the country.

The tournament has always been a dream for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) under Erick Thohir and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) under Bob Elphinston.

But only after top officials of these basketball bodies came to meet Tony Fernandes, a successful businessman from Malaysia, did the project get the much-needed shot in the arm.

“I’ve never played basketball in my life and never imagined being a chairman of a basketball league,” said Fernandes, owner of Air Asia and a string of hotels under the Tune Group.

“There is skepticism but we need to try. It’s all about dreaming. My life has always been full of dreams,” said Fernandes, whose airline company has grown from only two planes to 75 in only seven years.

He’d like to see the ABL grow as fast as his business empire, and by September this year, when the league officially takes off, Fernandes wants to see more than a handful teams for its inaugurals.

There will be teams from the Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Each country can field more than one team, and each one reinforced by two non-Asian players and two Asian players.

“There can even be Filipinos playing for the other teams,” said Fernandes, who always mentioned the Philippines ahead of the rest each time he talked about the participating countries.

The teams will visit the different countries during the eliminations and the crucial phases, and by February 2010 the first ABL champion would be crowned. To ensure balance, a strict salary cap will be enforced.

Fernandes said he’s looking at a prize money of at least $30,000 for the champion. Just a small pie, he said, and what’s important is to get the tournament going first.

Thohir said franchise forms are now being distributed, and franchise fees being pegged at a very reasonable rate. The SEABA president said there’s been no representation yet from the Philippines or the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

Curiously, however, Graham Lim, the controversial official of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, was at the coffee shop of the Park Royal Hotel here with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann.

Also in the press conference attended by journalists from different Asean countries was SEABA secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock who first met Fernandes at the Beijing airport during the 2008 Olympics.

What the SEABA and FIBA have been discussing for almost two years now took Hock and Fernandes only 15 minutes to tackle. And after only three meetings afterwards came the ABL.

“There will be many roadblocks, many bumps along the way. But if the spirit is right, no mountain is impassable,” said Fernandes.

CrossOver
01-20-2009, 01:28 PM
by City kaya ang team example Manila Metro Star? or parang PBA & PBL din example Philippine Harbour Center, Philippine Smart Buddie or Philippine San Miguel Beer?

D_I_A
01-20-2009, 02:21 PM
New basketball league for Southeast Asia
Agence France-Presse
First Posted 19:42:00 01/19/2009



KUALA LUMPUR—Southeast Asia on Monday launched an ambitious professional basketball league -- to begin in September -- aimed at boosting the popularity and standards of the game in the region.

The "ASEAN Basketball League" is backed by regional tycoons including AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thoir, who have contributed $5 million in total between them.

Organizers said that basketball is the second most popular team sport behind football among the 600 million population of Southeast Asia. At least eight teams are expected to play in the inaugural league.

Patrick Baumann, secretary-general of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), said Asia was ready for a professional league but warned organizers will have to ensure it doesn't fade away after a few years.

"The time is right but it is not going to be simple to sustain the league," he told reporters at the launch of the ABL.

Baumann said the league would need top-notch management and that the participating teams would have to be of a high standard to woo fans.

"There has to be good entertainment. The clubs need to be managed professionally and well funded. You cannot have the league for one or two years and then stop," he said.

Fernandes downplayed fears that the ABL may not succeed and said it could one day join the popular ranks of the NBA in the United States.

"Yes, there will be a lot of obstacles and road blocks. But no mountain will stop us," he said.

"During an economic downturn like now, this new league will create jobs. Can you imagine 5,000 people during this slowdown flying to Manila to watch a game?" Fernandes said of the possible wider economic benefits of the league.

In terms of national rankings among the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines tops the table in basketball followed by Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Fernandes said the league will sow the seeds for new talent and boost the sport in the region, adding that foreign professional players will play the circuit.

"The aim is to develop local talent. Foreign players from outside ASEAN will be role models. Maybe one day our players will play in the NBA," he said.

FIBA president Bob Elphinston said the league will be organized by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA), the governing body for basketball in the region.

Each of the 10 Southeast Asian nations is allowed a maximum of two privately owned teams in the league. Prize money has not been finalized yet.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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ASEAN cage league launched

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:28:00 01/20/2009


KUALA LUMPUR —Filipino basketball players can now play for pay on a bigger stage.

The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), a new association open to professional teams, rolls off this year in a bid to boost the game’s standard in the region.

“Clearly, Asia has made a major step forward in reaching the top level of organizational basketball,” Patrick Baumann, FIBA (international basketball federation) secretary general, said Monday at the league launch here.

The ABL will have a starting field of at least eight teams operated by private owners from each member country. Teams will play on a home-and-away format in the elimination phase, followed by a knockout playoff round starting in September until February 2010.

“In terms of level of competition, we’re not there yet, but with this league, the level of competition among Southeast Asian members will go up,” said Eric Thohir, president of the Southeast Asia Basketball Association.

“The number of teams (has not been finalized), but we’ll make sure that one country can have more than one team,” added Seaba secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.

Local talents will comprise the majority of players and only four imports—two non-Asians and two Asians—will be allowed to play in each team.

“They’ve always restricted the number of players to two, and as a result, the Australians have developed well,” said FIBA president Bob Elphinston.

“The aim is to develop local talents and local stars,” added Tony Fernandes, league chair and Air Asia CEO. “And maybe one day our countries will perform at the highest levels.”

Officials said the league will also ensure balanced competition.

“We know some countries are more advanced in this sport,” noted Thohir. “Players from the Philippines can also play as a foreign player for another team.”

The Philippines is the acknowledged power in ASEAN basketball, having dominated the Southeast Asian Games competition and other Seaba tournaments.

GHRanger
01-20-2009, 03:33 PM
^ Sir Pachador, I believe the Slingers are owned by the owner of Air Asia. The owner of Air Asia is non other than Mr Tony Fernandes. He was also keen in bringing in Filipinos into the team (1-2 years ago) because of the obvious fan base. I was there during the first game of the Slingers and most of the crowd were pinoys or pinoy photographers.

For me, I hope it increases the level of competition in SEA -- or at least level the playing field so as to avoid the common blowouts during the SEA games. But Graham Lim in the picture is suspicious to say the least.

Mateen Cleaves
01-20-2009, 05:28 PM
Mods, there's already a thread about this in Hoopedia. IMO, that's the better home for this topic.

D_I_A
01-20-2009, 07:56 PM
^ Sir Pachador, I believe the Slingers are owned by the owner of Air Asia.* The owner of Air Asia is non other than Mr Tony Fernandes.* He was also keen in bringing in Filipinos into the team (1-2 years ago) because of the obvious fan base.* I was there during the first game of the Slingers and most of the crowd were pinoys or pinoy photographers.

For me, I hope it increases the level of competition in SEA -- or at least level the playing field so as to avoid the common blowouts during the SEA games.* But Graham Lim in the picture is suspicious to say the least.




baka mamya umepal nanaman ang BAP at i-commandeer ang Philippine representations dito sa liga na ito na reconized at backed ng FIBA.

D_I_A
01-20-2009, 11:09 PM
Mods, there's already a thread about this in Hoopedia. IMO, that's the better home for this topic.



sorry my bad. ;)

pachador
01-21-2009, 12:04 AM
ok i stand corrected., if there is no hidden agenda in this , this can actually boost basketball-related businesses like Basketbolista magazine since readership can be potentially increased. lets hope for the best then.



^ Sir Pachador, I believe the Slingers are owned by the owner of Air Asia.* The owner of Air Asia is non other than Mr Tony Fernandes.* He was also keen in bringing in Filipinos into the team (1-2 years ago) because of the obvious fan base.* I was there during the first game of the Slingers and most of the crowd were pinoys or pinoy photographers.

For me, I hope it increases the level of competition in SEA -- or at least level the playing field so as to avoid the common blowouts during the SEA games.* But Graham Lim in the picture is suspicious to say the least.

CrossOver
01-21-2009, 12:09 AM
By Nelson Beltran

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios yesterday expressed reservation on the feasibility of the PBA joining the newly formed Asean Basketball League regional pro league which had its media launch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Monday.

The PBA was offered to form a team for the league in a meeting between Barrios and Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) president Erick Thohir on the sidelines of the Talk n Text-San Miguel Beer game in Singapore last Dec. 6.

“I can’t see how the PBA getting involved there as a league. I can’t see how we can form the team and join the tour since the PBA’s thrust is ‘Philippine basketball for the Filipinos in the Philippines,’” Barrios told The STAR.

“I can’t speak for the members (PBA ball clubs) if there are those who are interested to join separately from their engagement in the PBA. The league itself is really doubtful,” Barrios added. “Their concept is something new. But we still have to see how they work. I can only say good luck and wish them the best.”

Meanwhile, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala said they will have some involvement in the ABL, being the organization in the country that will recommend and sanction local teams joining the league.

“This is a FIBA-Asia and SEABA project. So they’re dealing with the national basketball federation. ABL will not accept a team from a country not certified, recommended and sanctioned by the federation. This is for check and balance, and eligibility control,” said Eala.

“I welcome this league. From the perspective of regional basketball, this is good to develop Asean basketball. This is also good for the Philippines because it means more competition and more jobs for our players. This will also give the country another lead role in Asean basketball being the best in the sport in the region,” Eala also said.

Eala said he’s already been talking to prospective companies willing to carry the Philippine banner in the league.

“I think this weekend home-and-away tourney is doable. The thing is that they’ve yet to discuss the franchise fee. But I understand they will offer a good package to the teams,” said Eala.

The ABL will feature teams from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Each country can field more than one team and each one reinforced by two non-Asian players and two Asian players.


PhilStar

CrossOver
01-21-2009, 12:43 AM
http://insidesports.ph/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/asean-basketball-league.jpg

PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios says he doesn’t see how the PBA could join the newly-formed ASEAN Basketball League scheduled to start in September.

Backed by AirAsia founder Tony Fernandez and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thoir who are reportedly pumping $5 million into the venue, the league will be organized by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association – SEABA – which is the governing body for basketball in the region.

Channel News Asia reported that each of the ten Southeast Asian countries will be allowed to send in a maximum of “two privately-owned teams.”

The PBA Commissioner said “ they know how we love basketball so maybe a multi-national brand like Coke may be interested. But right now I don’t see how a PBA team could fit into that.”

It was also noted that the home-and-away format would be costly.

The Singapore Slingers will be one of the teams competing in the ABL which hopes to develop new talent in the region with foreign pros being allowed to also reinforce teams in the competition which is expected to run until February.

At the launch in Kuala Lumpur on Monday graced by the presence of FIBA president Bob Elphinston of Australia and secretary general Patrick Baumann, Fernandez said he was hopeful that the league’s players would someday play in the NBA.

He said “During an economic downturn like now, this league will create jobs, Can you imagine 5,000 people during the slowdown flying to Manila to watch a game?”

Fernandez indicated who is the ABL Chairman who is CEO of Air Asia said he was targeting eight to ten teams initially which would play on a home-and-away basis leading to a knockout stage.

Fernandez was quoted as saying “it has been a long time dream of mine to united ASEAN under a single banner of sports and with the ABL it will bring in a new era on how sports is organized and marketed in this region.”

The Philippines tops the basketball rankings in Asean followed by Indonesia , Thailand , Malaysia and Singapore but significantly no Philippine representative from any of the leagues such as the PBA or PBL or even from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was present at the launch.


Inside Sports (http://insidesports.ph/basketball/barrios-cant-see-how-pba-could-join-asean-pro-league/)

CrossOver
01-21-2009, 12:44 AM
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PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios says he doesn’t see how the PBA could join the newly-formed ASEAN Basketball League scheduled to start in September.

Backed by AirAsia founder Tony Fernandez and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thoir who are reportedly pumping $5 million into the venue, the league will be organized by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association – SEABA – which is the governing body for basketball in the region.

Channel News Asia reported that each of the ten Southeast Asian countries will be allowed to send in a maximum of “two privately-owned teams.”

The PBA Commissioner said “ they know how we love basketball so maybe a multi-national brand like Coke may be interested. But right now I don’t see how a PBA team could fit into that.”

It was also noted that the home-and-away format would be costly.

The Singapore Slingers will be one of the teams competing in the ABL which hopes to develop new talent in the region with foreign pros being allowed to also reinforce teams in the competition which is expected to run until February.

At the launch in Kuala Lumpur on Monday graced by the presence of FIBA president Bob Elphinston of Australia and secretary general Patrick Baumann, Fernandez said he was hopeful that the league’s players would someday play in the NBA.

He said “During an economic downturn like now, this league will create jobs, Can you imagine 5,000 people during the slowdown flying to Manila to watch a game?”

Fernandez indicated who is the ABL Chairman who is CEO of Air Asia said he was targeting eight to ten teams initially which would play on a home-and-away basis leading to a knockout stage.

Fernandez was quoted as saying “it has been a long time dream of mine to united ASEAN under a single banner of sports and with the ABL it will bring in a new era on how sports is organized and marketed in this region.”

The Philippines tops the basketball rankings in Asean followed by Indonesia , Thailand , Malaysia and Singapore but significantly no Philippine representative from any of the leagues such as the PBA or PBL or even from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was present at the launch.


Inside Sports (http://insidesports.ph/basketball/barrios-cant-see-how-pba-could-join-asean-pro-league/)

D_I_A
01-21-2009, 02:50 AM
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PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios says he doesn’t see how the PBA could join the newly-formed ASEAN Basketball League scheduled to start in September.

Backed by AirAsia founder Tony Fernandez and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thoir who are reportedly pumping $5 million into the venue, the league will be organized by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association – SEABA – which is the governing body for basketball in the region.

Channel News Asia reported that each of the ten Southeast Asian countries will be allowed to send in a maximum of “two privately-owned teams.”

The PBA Commissioner said “ they know how we love basketball so maybe a multi-national brand like Coke may be interested. But right now I don’t see how a PBA team could fit into that.”

It was also noted that the home-and-away format would be costly.

The Singapore Slingers will be one of the teams competing in the ABL which hopes to develop new talent in the region with foreign pros being allowed to also reinforce teams in the competition which is expected to run until February.

At the launch in Kuala Lumpur on Monday graced by the presence of FIBA president Bob Elphinston of Australia and secretary general Patrick Baumann, Fernandez said he was hopeful that the league’s players would someday play in the NBA.

He said “During an economic downturn like now, this league will create jobs, Can you imagine 5,000 people during the slowdown flying to Manila to watch a game?”

Fernandez indicated who is the ABL Chairman who is CEO of Air Asia said he was targeting eight to ten teams initially which would play on a home-and-away basis leading to a knockout stage.

Fernandez was quoted as saying “it has been a long time dream of mine to united ASEAN under a single banner of sports and with the ABL it will bring in a new era on how sports is organized and marketed in this region.”

The Philippines tops the basketball rankings in Asean followed by Indonesia , Thailand , Malaysia and Singapore but significantly no Philippine representative from any of the leagues such as the PBA or PBL or even from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was present at the launch.


Inside Sports (http://insidesports.ph/basketball/barrios-cant-see-how-pba-could-join-asean-pro-league/)



the question is why? is it because, PBA will be trampled by this ASEAN league which seeks to penetrate the Philippine basketball scene?

kung sabagay mukhang wala rin talagang mapapala ang PBA dahil ang nagmamando ng liga ay di isang pinoy.

D_I_A
01-21-2009, 02:58 AM
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PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios says he doesn’t see how the PBA could join the newly-formed ASEAN Basketball League scheduled to start in September.

Backed by AirAsia founder Tony Fernandez and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thoir who are reportedly pumping $5 million into the venue, the league will be organized by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association – SEABA – which is the governing body for basketball in the region.

Channel News Asia reported that each of the ten Southeast Asian countries will be allowed to send in a maximum of “two privately-owned teams.”

The PBA Commissioner said “ they know how we love basketball so maybe a multi-national brand like Coke may be interested. But right now I don’t see how a PBA team could fit into that.”

It was also noted that the home-and-away format would be costly.

The Singapore Slingers will be one of the teams competing in the ABL which hopes to develop new talent in the region with foreign pros being allowed to also reinforce teams in the competition which is expected to run until February.

At the launch in Kuala Lumpur on Monday graced by the presence of FIBA president Bob Elphinston of Australia and secretary general Patrick Baumann, Fernandez said he was hopeful that the league’s players would someday play in the NBA.

He said “During an economic downturn like now, this league will create jobs, Can you imagine 5,000 people during the slowdown flying to Manila to watch a game?”

Fernandez indicated who is the ABL Chairman who is CEO of Air Asia said he was targeting eight to ten teams initially which would play on a home-and-away basis leading to a knockout stage.

Fernandez was quoted as saying “it has been a long time dream of mine to united ASEAN under a single banner of sports and with the ABL it will bring in a new era on how sports is organized and marketed in this region.”

The Philippines tops the basketball rankings in Asean followed by Indonesia , Thailand , Malaysia and Singapore but significantly no Philippine representative from any of the leagues such as the PBA or PBL or even from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was present at the launch.


Inside Sports (http://insidesports.ph/basketball/barrios-cant-see-how-pba-could-join-asean-pro-league/)


kaya siguro walang nakasali sa mga local leagues kasi nandun kasama ni Baumann si Graham Lim na nagkakape sa isang hotel according to one news. ;)

amdgc82
01-21-2009, 07:25 AM
http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2009/1/20/sports/3064835&sec=sports

Tuesday January 20, 2009
Asean basketball goes pro
By S. RAMAGURU

League will begin in September with eight teams competing

KUALA LUMPUR: The first fully professional basketball league in South-East Asia will begin in September.

The Asean Basketball League (ABL), which was launched at a leading hotel here yesterday, will be fully-owned and funded by individuals.

The idea was mooted by the South-East Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) and it had been in the works for the last two years.

Seaba president Eric Thohir said that it was only in the last six months that they were able to put the whole project together.

The AirAsia chairman, Datuk Seri Tony Fer*nandes, has been appointed the chairman of the ABL and he will oversee the running of the championship, which will be held between September and February. The initial plan is to have about eight teams in the inaugural championship and the format of competition in the league will have home-and-away matches. There will also be a knockout stage, culminating with the final.

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Fernandes: We are looking for people with the financial ability to last the pace.

Fernandes said that the bid was open to anybody who wanted to own the team franchise.

“We have prepared an elaborate paper on the franchise and we are looking for people with the financial ability to last the pace,” he said.

“We will fully monitor the setting up of the club that must be run like a corporate office and also ensure that the rules are followed to the letter. Foreign players will be allowed but limited to two non-Asean and two Asean players. The other eight players in the team must be locals.

“The target is to have a fully local side in the years to come. This is a viable project and we firmly believe that with proper planning and marketing, spectators will watch the matches.”

Fernandes added that he had several backers ready for the project but added that they needed to set up the clubs first over the next few months.

Initially, each country can have only one team in the fray. Seaba will made the final decision on who gets to own the clubs based on their bidding papers.

Seaba secretary general Datuk Yeoh Choo Hock said that the rules of franchise was stringent and the selection would be strict.

“This is a long-term project and we want teams who can stay the distance and have the ability to improve the game in their own country. The objective is to raise the standard of the sport in our region,” he said.

amdgc82
01-21-2009, 07:31 AM
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/200901/2470506.htm?desktop

Southeast Asia set for it own basketball league

Southeast Asia is set for it own regional basketball league.

Asia Pacific reporter Girish Sawlani reports that the ASEAN Basketball League will be launched in September this year.

The idea is being backed by AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thohir, who are pumping millions into the venture.

"Basketball is growing fast in South East Asia, for example like in Indonesia basketball becomes number two [sport] in terms of not only people [who] play but people [who] view," said Erick Thohir, one of the league's backers.

Some have questioned whether its wise to start a new sporting league in these times of financial woe, but those involved say the time is right.

"This is probably the best time to do it because sport is a cheap entertainment for the family and for people, I mean you still want to go out and enjoy life," Bob Turner, Managing director of the Singapore Slingers basketball team

amdgc82
01-21-2009, 07:33 AM
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/arti.asp?newsid=29263

FIBA Asia - ASEAN Basketball League takes off

KUALA LUMPUR (ASEAN Basketball League) -* The first international basketball league in South-East Asia will take off in September 2009.

In the presence of FIBA President, Bob Elphinston and FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann, the South East Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) under the leadership of Mr Thohir and Dato Yeoh Choo Hock announced the launch of the ‘ASEAN Basketball League’ (ABL) yesterday.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, commonly abbreviated ASEAN, is a geo-political and economic organization of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand and has since then expanded membership to Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Following the good response from the ASEAN market to the experience of the club team ‘Singapore Slingers’ in Singapore, SEABA has decided that the league will consist of 10 teams from about 7 ASEAN countries (e.g. Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, etc.).

The ABL, which will be played between September 2009 and February 2010 will have home-and-away matches. There will also be a knockout stage, culminating with the final.

Local talents will comprise the majority of players and only four imports—two non-Asians and two Asians—will be allowed to play in each team.

The Chairmanship has been taken by Tony Fernandes, Chair of the successful airline AirAsia and of the Singapore Slingers. His experience in opening new businesses and new markets as well as his abilities in the branding and licensing business will prove invaluable to the successful establishment of the League.

With today's announcement, bids can be submitted to SEABA for the 10 available club franchises. Candidates will be submitted to stringent professional and economical requirements to ensure the long term success of the league. The league will also install a salary cap to provide the necessary balance between teams.

The league aims at cementing the relationship between ASEAN countries through basketball, creating the first pan-ASEAN entertainment and sports property and developing local basketball talents, in an area that covers a population of 600 million people.

FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann said at the media brief in Kuala Lumpur: "The ASEAN Basketball League is the first of its kind in Asia and a welcome indication of the maturity achieved by our sport. It will further boost the popularity of basketball in this area and beyond, while creating new opportunities and dreams for the FIBA family. We look forward to seeing new talents and countries emerge in basketball in the next five years as a result of this project."

"This is a historic day,” stated Tony Fernandes. “We have prepared an elaborate paper on the franchise and we are looking for people with the financial ability to last the pace,” he added.

“A dream is coming true for our region," stated Dato Yeoh Choo Hock. “This is a long-term project and we want teams who can stay the distance and have the ability to improve the game in their own country. The objective is to raise the standard of the sport in our region,” he said.

FIBA

Semenelin
01-21-2009, 08:46 AM
sana wla muna non-aseans. kung may import kapwa aseans muna. pangit naman kung opening season tapos non-asean yun kumakamada. besides, people will be watching to see their local players,, not the import. unless its bonzi wells. ;D

amdgc82
01-21-2009, 01:48 PM
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/200901/s2471088.htm

Time right for ASEAN basketball league

Basketball, it is Asia's second-most popular sport, behind soccer.

Over the past decade, basketball's profile has risen to greater heights with some of Asia's biggest talents on display in the sport's pinnacle, America's National Basketball Association.

Riding the success of basketball in the region, Southeast Asia launched an ambitious professional basketball league of its own.

The ASEAN Basketball League, set to begin in September, will feature between eight and ten teams, playing on a home and away basis.

The competition has the financial backing of regional business tycoons, AirAsia Founder Tony Fernandez and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thohir, who have injected $US5 million dollars.

For those within Southeast Asia basketball, the establishment of the league could not have come soon enough.

The secretary general of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association and vice president, Malaysia Basketball Association, Dato Yeoh Choo Hock, says it is long overdue.

"We have had this dream for three years that there will be more games in the ASEAN region," Dato Hock said.

Dato Yeoh Choo Hock says the establishment of a regional basketball competition will not only raise the profile of the game, but provide a platform for the region's talent to turn professional.

"If there is action, it will be positive, if we have a league there will be more games in ASEAN region, the national teams from various countries will improve because players will have more games to play.

"Their employment section, places with no professional career players can look forward to earning all their career," Dato Hock said.

Many challenges lie ahead between now and September, when competition starts.

"Mostly the countries are running their associations through the back boot of their car, they do not have their own facilities, the success or failure depends on the money coming in," Dato Hock said.

Responding the leagues calls for franchises to come forward, the Singapore Slingers announced that they intend to play in the competition.

The team had two years experience in Australia's National Basketball League.

The Slingers managing director, Bob Turner, is confident of the league's success.

"I am very confident because Tony Fernandez, our chairman, is driving the establishment of the league and he has a reputation for getting things done," Mr Turner said.

"I was in Kuala Lumpur for the launch of the ASEAN league and all the countries are positive about the development.

"I was speaking to Bob Elphinstone the president of FIBA Asia and he made the same comment, that this is one of the most important developments for FIBA in Asia as it develops an intra-country league and it establishes something different from anything going on at the moment."

One of leagues financial backers and president of the Southeast Asian basketball association Erick Thohir adds there is keen interest from other nations and is confident the league can attract its target of eight to ten teams.

"Basketball is growing fast in Southeast Asia," Mr Thohir said.

"In Indonesia basketball is number two in people playing and people viewing.

"In small countries like Laos, it is growing to number two."

"Before in Southeast Asia, before we only know one basketball league in the Philippines, now there is one in Malaysia, Indonesia and one in Thailand coming up, so there is an opportunity to create the league."

But many have questioned establishing the league in tough economic times, with countries like Singapore deep in recession.

Bob Turner says the timing is right.

"This is probably the best time to do it as sport is cheap entertainment for the family, you want to go out and enjoy life so go out and spend ten dollars to get into the game for the family to be entertained and enjoy your team, it is something that people want to do, so good," Mr Turner said.

"From a corporate point of view this ASEAN league covers 600 million people so it makes sense for people to get involved."

While many have considered the possibility of sport breaking down political and economic barriers, this may not be the case in Southeast Asia.

Dato Yeoh Choo Hock is not expecting franchises from Burma and other poor ASEAN nations to come forward.

"For example two teams in Manila, two teams in Indonesia, one team in Malaysia and a team in Thailand is enough, we are not looking at teams in Laos, Cambodia, Burma, it is enough for the time being," Dato Hock said.

CrossOver
01-21-2009, 04:22 PM
Philippine Basketball League Commissioner Chino Trinidad and Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas Executive Director Noli Eala yesterday said the launching of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is a blessing not only to Filipino players but to coaches and trainers as well.

"Since we are the US team in the South East Asian region, we can see some of our players, coaches and trainers in various teams of the league. At the same time, we can help raise the level of competition in the region," said Trinidad.

"Definitely, it will open an opportunity to a lot of Filipino players. Even our coaches, I’m sure some of them will be hired either as a coach or consultant, so it’s a blessing to us," said Trinidad.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero said "It’s a boon to Philippine basketball."

Romero disclosed that he was offered to join the league as early as last year but declined because of his impending entry to the Philippine Basketball Association.

"I begged off because I will be joining the PBA soon as a new stockholder of Burger King," said Romero.

Burger King will be the new name of Air21 should the PBA board approve the request for a change of name.

Eala said the launching of ABL is a welcome development not only for the players but also for the sport.

"I am for it," said Eala, who added that one of ABL’s major stakeholder, Erick Thoir, called him up yesterday to clarify several things, notably in the selection of the team that will take part in the home-and-away tournament.

ABL was formally organized in Kuala Lumpur on Monday with International Basketball Federation (FIBA) officials, led by secretaty-general Patrick Baumann, in attendance.

Also present during the official launching were AirAsia founder Tony Fernandez of Malaysia and Thoir, an Indon media mogul.

According to Eala, Thoir clarified that it is the national sports federation which has the authority to recommend the team which will take part in the event.

"He told me that the national sports federation will be the one to recommend the team, so in our case, the SBP. Para hindi rin magulo when it comes to eligibility," said Eala. "So definitely, we’ll be involved."

Eala said that SBP President Manny V. Pangilinan appears excited with the latest development as he was instructed to inquire with respect to the rules and schedule of the tournament.

"Mr. Pangilinan wants it to include in to our calendar," said Eala. "It’s important for the SEABA to have many competitions. As for the Philippines, this creates more jobs and opportunities (for basketball players)."

Though the PBA is aware of the new development, it is waiting for the formal letter from the ABL.

"When we were in Singapore last year, one of its stockholders told us about its launching. So we have to wait for any letter or invitation, if we receive one, then we will study it before we present it to the Board," said PBA Media Bureau chief Willy Marcial.


Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20090121146197.html)

CrossOver
01-21-2009, 04:25 PM
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Southeast Asia on Monday launched an ambitious professional basketball league — to begin in September — aimed at boosting the popularity and standards of the game in the region.

The ‘’ASEAN Basketball League’’ is backed by regional tycoons including AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes and Indonesian media mogul Erick Thoir, who have contributed $ 5 million in total between them.

Organizers said that basketball is the second most popular team sport behind football among the 600 million population of Southeast Asia. At least eight teams are expected to play in the inaugural league.

Patrick Baumann, secretary-general of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), said Asia was ready for a professional league but warned organizers will have to ensure it doesn’t fade away after a few years.

"The time is right but it is not going to be simple to sustain the league,’’ he told reporters at the launch of the ABL.

Baumann said the league would need top-notch management and that the participating teams would have to be of a high standard to woo fans.

"There has to be good entertainment. The clubs need to be managed professionally and well funded. You cannot have the league for one or two years and then stop," he said.

Fernandes downplayed fears that the ABL may not succeed and said it could one day join the popular ranks of the NBA in the United States.

"Yes, there will be a lot of obstacles and road blocks. But no mountain will stop us," he said.

"During an economic downturn like now, this new league will create jobs. Can you imagine 5,000 people during this slowdown flying to Manila to watch a game?" Fernandes said of the possible wider economic benefits of the league.

In terms of national rankings among the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines tops the table in basketball followed by Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Fernandes said the league will sow the seeds for new talent and boost the sport in the region, adding that foreign professional players will play the circuit.

"The aim is to develop local talent. Foreign players from outside ASEAN will be role models. Maybe one day our players will play in the NBA," he said.

FIBA president Bob Elphinston said the league will be organized by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA), the governing body for basketball in the region.

Each of the 10 Southeast Asian nations is allowed a maximum of two privately owned teams in the league. Prize money has not been finalized yet.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20090121146119.html)

digitalsuperman
01-21-2009, 08:14 PM
with just five teams..i don't see this league going nowhere..

amdgc82
01-21-2009, 08:49 PM
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/01/21/ri-looks-field-two-teams-maiden-asean-league.html

RI looks to field two teams in maiden ASEAN League
Niken Prathivi ,* The Jakarta Post ,* Kuala Lumpur* *|* Wed, 01/21/2009 3:10 PM* |* Sports

Indonesia and the Philippines are looking to deploy its two best teams each to compete in the initial ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), slated from September 2009 to February 2010.

The Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) President Erick Thohir of Indonesia said that only these two countries had the two-team quota for the League.

“Considering that the Philippines and Indonesia have made rapid developments in the sport lately, and given their current achievements, we decided to give them extra space in the League,” he said at the launch on Monday.

According to him, Indonesia and the Philippines currently have the most promising local competition compared to the other SEABA members of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Indonesia’s Satria Muda won the 2008 SEABA Champions Cup, a tournament among club teams, by upsetting the Philippines, a three-time champion.

The League will initially feature eight privately owned teams from SEABA’s 10 members. Each team is allowed to field two foreign players during the competition.

ABL President Tony Fernandez, founder of budget airline AirAsia, said the League will be made up of professional clubs which also serve as hosts for the event.

“With such commitment, teams should have the financial stability, marketing and integrity to develop the sport within their countries,” he said, adding that he and Erick put US$5 million in as an early investment for the League.

Erick said all teams were welcome to sign up. “However, we will definitely prefer the best teams that have won a local league.”

Erick’s club, Satria Muda Britama, is likely to secure one of the two spots for Indonesia. Satria Muda is the 2007 and 2008 winner of the Indonesian Basketball League.

The club’s head coach Fiktor Roring said on Tuesday he was very excited to have his team in the event and could not wait to meet his regional rivals in the competition.

“Finally, we have a bigger international event to join. A challenging one,” he said.

“So far, we only have the SEABA Champions Cup, which is only a one-week tournament. The newly-established League will give us more opportunity to compete against teams from neighboring countries in a longer schedule, and finally, it will also lead ASEAN basketball to a higher level in Asia and even in the world,” he added.

Fiktor believes that “the more events we play, the better we will be,” pointing to the club’s tight schedule ahead of the domestic league.

Nevertheless, winning the ASEAN League is not guaranteed due to strong competition from the Philippines and Thailand, he added.

The ABL is organized by Tune Sports and SEABA, and sanctioned by the world federation FIBA.

Competing teams will play in a home-and-away system that leads to knock-out and playoff rounds. The ABL champion will represent Southeast Asia at Asia-level competitions and will automatically qualify for the first FIBA World Championships in 2010.

amdgc82
01-21-2009, 09:17 PM
http://redsports.sg/2009/01/21/tony-fernandes-asean-basketball/

The main reason why the ASEAN Basketball League will work? Tony Fernandes
January 21, 2009
By Les Tan/Red Sports

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Tony Fernandes, the chairman of the ASEAN Basketball League. He doesn’t even play basketball but he understands what will make the league work. (Photo © Les Tan/Red Sports)

History was made in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, January 19th - the announcement of the first professional sports league in the history of ASEAN.

By the end of the press conference, there was no mistaking who would make the ABL work - none other than Tony Fernandes, the founder and owner of AirAsia.

Of course no one man can run a professional basketball league alone. He will need technical expertise from the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA), for by his own admission, Fernandes, who is the chairman of the ABL, actually knows nothing about basketball.

“I’ve never played basketball in my life,” he said and added self-deprecatingly, “I now look like a basketball.”

Mind you, what was announced was nothing more than an idea. There was no concrete structure, no specifics of how much the franchise fee or prize money would be.

Interested private commercial team owners were invited to submit their application and the committee would evaluate.

That was it.

Even the Singapore Slingers were not announced as the first team in the league although given that Fernandes is also the chairman of the Slingers, their participation is naturally assumed.

But as he spoke about the potential of the league, you just knew this man understood why a league like this would work.

“I’m convinced that after a few years, we’ll get crowds of 12, 13, 14,000. We’ll make ASEAN a much smaller place,” said Fernandes.

Recalling the era of Malaysia Cup football, he said every game in Malaysia was packed whenever Singapore was in town. Everyone wanted to beat Singapore.

If we cared to admit it on this side of the causeway, we too wanted to see the Lions beat the living daylights out of the Malaysian state teams. The Malaysia Cup tapped into a primal vein of adrenaline. The football wasn’t that great - nostalgia improves quality by a factor of at least 2 - but the excitement was the best legal high outside of drugs.

And so Fernandes understands the ABL can work the same way and said as much.

Once the structure is in place, fans will want to experience the high of a Singapore team beating a Malaysian team, to feel the dread of facing a powerhouse Filipino team.

But it’s not the national teams playing, you say? That’s the masterstroke of the ABL, you see.

It throws away a nationalistic concept that won’t work because no one will watch an ASEAN league with just national teams because the Philippines will win all the time. The old national team idea is stillborn.

However, control the balance by having foreign imports and ASEAN players with a cast of local players, run it privately with private owners to bypass the bureaucratic morass of the local sports associations, and you have the potential for an absorbing, fascinating and competitive league.

“It will be a valuable platform for sponsors,” said Fernandes, who thinks the league can break even in two years.

The man should know. He took over a loss-making airline called AirAsia with debts of RM$40 million for RM$1, mortgaged his house and sank in his savings. And he did all this just after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in America when no one wanted to get on a plane for love or money.

One year after taking over, he cleared the debts and by 2004, had listed it on the KL stock exchange.

With a regional league, fans may even want to travel to watch their team play in regional countries. Guess which airline Fernandes would like them to fly?

“Apart from flying AirAsia, there’s nothing else they can afford,” he quipped, with a nod to the current financial crisis.

“My dream is 5,000 people flying to Jakarta or Manila to watch a game.”

““People are asking me why we are launching this league in this current financial situation. However, I believe that this is the best time to build up your brand.”

As he has shown, the man does know something about timing. © Red Sports

D_I_A
01-21-2009, 09:31 PM
the league is actually a gamble on the part of its founder Tony Fernandes, he's wishing that thru the league fluidity in terms of air travel will be triggered by using his Airline - Air Asia. So it's really promoting his business after all!

galing nya. kaso baka malugi rin sya!

CrossOver
01-21-2009, 09:55 PM
^Yun na nga lumalabas sugal sa kanya to but well see if magiging successful itong ABL after 2 years.


The ABL champion will represent Southeast Asia at Asia-level competitions and will automatically qualify for the first FIBA World Championships in 2010.

Mukang typo ito baka yung FIBA World Club Basketball Championship?

CrossOver
01-21-2009, 10:09 PM
FIBA unveils new world basketball tournament in 2010
12/08/2008 | 11:22 PM

GENEVA — A world championship for basketball clubs will be launched in 2010.

World governing body FIBA said Monday that its first annual club championship will be played in October 2010, offering $1 million (€776,000) in prize money to the winner.

The inaugural tournament will feature eight teams, comprising the five FIBA continental champions — from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania — the runner-up from the Americas and Europe plus a team invited by the host city.

It will not include an NBA team.

"There have been some talks with the NBA," FIBA spokesman Marcos Beltra said. "We will organize the first World Club Championship and then study the situation and in the second one invite the NBA champion."

The Chinese cities of Chengdu and Nanjing have offered to host the 5-day, 10-game tournament.

Beltra said the tournament revives the global club format which lapsed when the McDonald's Championship ended after nine editions from 1987-99. That tournament pitted the continental champions against each other and an invited NBA team.

Nine different NBA teams each won the McDonald's title once. Tournament MVPs included NBA greats such as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.

FIBA's decision-making executive board also gave Turkey until next May to make progress in the delayed construction of arenas for the World Championship for national teams that the country is scheduled to host in August and September 2010.

Beltra said Turkey was given a second chance based on assurances made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


GMA News TV (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/138232/FIBA-unveils-new-world-basketball-tournament-in-2010)

D_I_A
01-21-2009, 11:45 PM
parang magulo din itong ABL eh, kasi meron ng SEABA Champions Cup na magrerepresent naman sa FIBA Asia Champions Cup

siguro itong World Basketball Club Championship ang syang labanan nung mga nagchampion sa mga Champions Cup bawat continent like the FIBA Asia Champions Cup

kaso with ABL and SEABA Champions Cup alin kaya ang kukunin ng FIBA Asia Champions Cup na seeded team.

D_I_A
01-22-2009, 01:44 AM
SBP may join ABL tourney
Manila Bulletin
1/22/2009
By Waylon Galvez

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is seriously considering the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) as another avenue for its national developmental team to improve under Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman.

SBP Executive Director Noli Eala said yesterday that that option is now being studied after the ABL was formally organized in Kuala Lumpur last Monday with FIBA officials, led by secretary-general Patrick Baumann, as one of its supporters.

"That’s being considered," Eala told the Bulletin in a phone interview. "Of course we want to see the schedule and the format of the tournament first."

Eala said that he is scheduled to meet with Erick Thoir on Feb. 1 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Thoir is an Indon media mogul who is one of the prime movers of the ABL along with Air-Asia founder Tony Fernandez of Malaysia.

"It’s going to be a good exposure (for the national developmental pool). Although it’s a professional league, there is no pro or amateur when it comes to global basketball," Eala added.

The former PBA commissioner said scheduling could be an issue.

Toroman’s team is committed to compete in the Stankovic Cup and the Southeast Asian Games in Laos.

It might also compete as a guest team in the PBA.

"Medyo tight ’yung schedule ng team," he said. "Since kami naman ang gumagawa ng schedule ng team, kung September pa naman ’yung ABL, we can make adjustment. ABL is a very good option."

"Aside from the schedule, we don’t know yet how much would it cost to maintain a team in the ABL. We’ll know after my meeting with Mr. Thoir," Eala added.

amdgc82
01-23-2009, 09:28 AM
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Friday/Sport/2461151/Article/index_html

2009/01/23
BASKETBALL: RM7 million a turn off for Maba
DEVINDER SINGH

THE inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) could provide a significant boost to the game in the country but only if a private entity is willing to come up with the millions of ringgit needed to set up a Malaysian franchise.

The Malaysian Basketball Association (Maba) is all for it but the start up costs, including a US$2 million (RM7.132 million) bank draft guarantee that must be lodged with the organisers before hand, is a huge deterrent.

Teams not only need to source for funds but also players -- local and foreign -- and ensure other requirements associated with running a professional basketball team are fulfilled.

Maba secretary-general Tan See Wah does not envy the task awaiting anyone wanting to set up a Malaysian franchise.

"The idea is a good one and we at Maba are fully behind it. But we cannot commit ourselves or our sponsors to field a team as the amount needed for a bank guarantee itself runs to millions of ringgit," he said yesterday.

"In addition, we have yet to see the full proposal and until we see the fine print, we can't be sure if it is worth it for us (to put up a team). To date, we have yet to receive any indication anyone is interested."

The ABL, launched in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, will initially see eight teams play in the league slated to begin in September with the aim of developing local talent.

See Wah welcomed the ABL as timely and hopes basketball can ride on the popularity of the league's backers, principally AirAsia Berhad group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes.

"The Asean countries will benefit from these close and competitive matches," said See Wah.

"It will also help create awareness and pride in a Malaysian team."

Maba also has lined up several tournaments with the Seaba Championship, Asia Championship, Asia Under-16 Championship and Seaba Under-16 Championship among some of the highlights.

amdgc82
01-23-2009, 09:42 AM
http://www.bt.com.bn/en/local_sport/2009/01/20/come_join_the_abl_brunei

'Come join the ABL, Brunei'
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

THE Asean Basketball League (ABL) will kick off in September and International Basketball Federation (Fiba) does not want Brunei to be left out.

In an exclusive interview with Fiba secretary-general Patrick Baumann during a Press conference to announce the formation of the league in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, he felt that the involvement of the Sultanate would be in the best interests of all.

"All Asean countries have been approached and it would be great if one of the teams in the league came from Brunei," said Baumann.

"If Brunei can field a team of the standard required, can assure us that they have the facilities to hold matches and can guarantee that they are in for the long-run we would definitely welcome them aboard.

"Clearly Asia today is taking a big step forward and there is amazing potential for the future, but this is just the start and there is a lot of hard work to be done," added the secretary-general.

The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, ABL's aims include youth development and promoting the sport in the region by introducing a league consisting of professional club teams from the Asean region.

Organised by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba), the ABL is an initiative between Seaba and private investors from various industries one of them being Tune Sports, a sports event management company which is a subsidiary of Tune Group.

Tune Group chairman Dato Seri Tony Fernandes is also fully behind the possibility of Brunei competing, stating that the country's small population does not pose a problem.

"Bruneians want entertainment just like everyone else," said Fernandes in an exclusive interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"I know Brunei is a small market, but whenever I go there to take singers to concerts the venues have always been full.

"Joining (the league) does not require huge resources or a lot of money and I would really love to see Brunei involved it is a good opportunity for Brunei to promote itself," added Fernandes, who is also the chairman of ABL.

He could not be more right as the league will cater to a population base of 600 million people who are constantly in demand for new forms of entertainment.

Although the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) has been invited to compete, it is still uncertain whether a team from the Sultanate will be involved.

BBA secretary Christina Tan revealed that the topic was one of the many discussed during its annual general meeting last Sunday, but said that more meetings would be required to finalise the country's possible involvement.

Seaba has been trying to get the ABL off the ground for the past two years, but it was only in the past few months that the project really kicked off.

The ABL will be made up of privately owned professional franchise teams hosted by cities in each Asean member country, with no country allowed to field more than two teams.

With bids for teams officially started yesterday, eight teams playing on a home and away basis leading to knock-out rounds in February 2010 are expected to form the nucleus of the first season of the league though no teams are confirmed yet.

It is mandatory for all ABL franchises to invest in youth development programmes and Baumann explained that each team of 12 players were only allowed two foreign players and another two from other Asean countries.

It is expected that as local talent comes increasingly to the fore, the number of imported players is likely to decrease in the future.

Among others who were in the panel to answer questions posed by the Press were Fiba president Bob Elphinston, Seaba president Erick Thohir and Seaba secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.

The Brunei Times

D_I_A
01-23-2009, 01:19 PM
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Friday/Sport/2461151/Article/index_html

2009/01/23
BASKETBALL: RM7 million a turn off for Maba
DEVINDER SINGH

THE inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) could provide a significant boost to the game in the country but only if a private entity is willing to come up with the millions of ringgit needed to set up a Malaysian franchise.

The Malaysian Basketball Association (Maba) is all for it but the start up costs, including a US$2 million (RM7.132 million) bank draft guarantee that must be lodged with the organisers before hand, is a huge deterrent.

Teams not only need to source for funds but also players -- local and foreign -- and ensure other requirements associated with running a professional basketball team are fulfilled.

Maba secretary-general Tan See Wah does not envy the task awaiting anyone wanting to set up a Malaysian franchise.

"The idea is a good one and we at Maba are fully behind it. But we cannot commit ourselves or our sponsors to field a team as the amount needed for a bank guarantee itself runs to millions of ringgit," he said yesterday.

"In addition, we have yet to see the full proposal and until we see the fine print, we can't be sure if it is worth it for us (to put up a team). To date, we have yet to receive any indication anyone is interested."

The ABL, launched in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, will initially see eight teams play in the league slated to begin in September with the aim of developing local talent.

See Wah welcomed the ABL as timely and hopes basketball can ride on the popularity of the league's backers, principally AirAsia Berhad group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes.

"The Asean countries will benefit from these close and competitive matches," said See Wah.

"It will also help create awareness and pride in a Malaysian team."

Maba also has lined up several tournaments with the Seaba Championship, Asia Championship, Asia Under-16 Championship and Seaba Under-16 Championship among some of the highlights.


how do you think the SBP and the Philippine leagues deal with such invitation from SEABA/ABL

D_I_A
02-10-2009, 01:35 AM
Two RP clubs eyed for Asean Basketball League
By Joaquin Henson Updated February 10, 2009 12:00 AM
Philstar


JAKARTA – Two slots are being reserved for the Philippines in the soon-to-be-launched Asean Basketball League (ABL) but SEABA president Erick Thohir said the other day he expects more Filipino players suiting up for other teams under the rule allowing the recruitment of two Southeast Asian imports.

Thohir, a media mogul representing Indonesia, said the ABL’s prime mover Tony Fernandes of Malaysia expects to open the league with at least eight clubs by September.

Thohir said no franchise has been pegged at the moment.

“The target is to get at least eight teams to play,” said Thohir. “Two will come from the Philippines and two from Indonesia with one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. We’ll also invite one team from Brunei and Vietnam or both. The ABL is still finalizing budgets and marketing plans to determine how much it will cost to sustain the league.”

Thohir said there must be a clear distinction between teams coming from the same country.

“If Indonesia has two teams, each must represent a different city or province, as in Bandung or Jakarta,” he continued. “Ideally, each club must be attached to a home stadium with a seating capacity of at least 4,000. If the Philippines has two teams, one could represent Manila and the other, Cebu. But it will not be possible for two Manila teams to represent the Philippines.”

Thohir said the ABL has set a deadline of the end of March for teams to express interest to join. Another deadline is May for the ABL to sign a TV contract, possibly with ESPN.

“It’s crucial for us to have a TV contract,” said Thohir who owns at least two TV stations in Indonesia. “Why ESPN? It’s because the channel covers 10 countries in the Southeast Asian region. We’re hoping aside from soccer and badminton which are popular in our region, the next staple for ESPN will be the ABL. I think viewers from Southeast Asia will appreciate basketball more than cricket and rugby which are being shown on ESPN.”

Thohir said SEABA will be involved in the league as an endorsing entity.

“We must keep in mind two things – one, that each team in the ABL will be endorsed by its country’s basketball association which is a SEABA member and two, that each team will be allowed to draft two non-Asian and two Southeast Asian imports,” he said. “SEABA will be involved in regulation and looking at the system of the league. To avoid any misunderstanding, the ABL will require each team to be endorsed by its SEABA member country association.”

Both FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock and Thohir are supporting the ABL.

“We want competitive balance in the ABL so it will be attractive to fans,” said Thohir. “We realize the Philippines, because of the popularity of basketball, has a big edge but we think the ABL has a format to assure balance. Some teams were thinking of drafting as many as six foreign players but that would defeat the purpose of creating local heroes. It will be harder to sell tickets if we don’t develop Southeast Asian heroes.”

Thohir said he anticipates Filipino pros playing for different teams as Southeast Asian imports. “Malaysia, for instance, could bring in a Filipino and an Indonesian to play with two non-Asian imports or Indonesia might sign up a Filipino and a Singaporean,” he went on. “Our idea is for the ABL to become like the English Premier League in football. This is strictly a Southeast Asian league. There will be no participation from China, Japan or Korea.”

Thohir said two Filipinos – Boysie Zamar of Medan and Bong Ramos of Surabaya – are now coaching in the 10-team Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) which runs from January to May. The IBL used to employ Filipino imports but because of the financial crunch, only local players are now in rosters. At the end of each year, the IBL organizes a tournament where rookies and free agents are invited to play on a trial basis before the next season starts.

SBP executive director Noli Eala said the ABL offers an opportunity for the Philippines to take a lead role in the league and for more Filipinos to get jobs.

amdgc82
03-05-2009, 06:39 AM
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/sports/article/12008.html

Regional Basketball League Taking Shape
Wimbo Satwiko
March 4, 2009

Slowly but surely, the Asean Basketball League is moving from vision to reality.

After its initial launch in January, the ABL further took shape on Wednesday when league organizers announced the distribution of franchise documents to prospective member clubs. ABL chairman Tony Fernandes said 16 clubs expressed initial interest in acquiring franchise licenses.

Fernandes, who is also the CEO of Air Asia, said the new league would be good for basketball and business in Southeast Asia.

“The idea is to have Southeast Asian clubs play each other in one league, similar to the NBA,” Fernandes said.

“It will provide attractive games for the spectators,” he added. “It will also give an attractive platform for sponsors and will be a fantastic way for the Asean brand to promote itself outside its original market.”

The ABL is scheduled to begin play in October and run through January 2010. In its initial season, the league will consist of one club each from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, while Indonesia and the Philippines will each have two teams. Though he refused to name any specific clubs, Fernandes said Petronas Basketball of Malaysia and the Singapore Slingers would likely be among the league’s charter members.

The application process closes on April 30.

Admission into the ABL will not be for the financially faint of heart. Owners must provide $500,000 in operational costs in a span of three years, in addition to $1 million in bank guarantees for the five-year franchise fee. Among the other requirements in the 40-item franchise document are a youth development program and a basketball hall with a minimum 4,000 seating capacity.

Southeast Asian Basketball Association president Erick Thohir said seeing the league come to fruition will be a dream come true. “I have had this dream for two to three years, along with my colleagues in the region, such as Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock. We agreed to make this come true,” Erick said. “We want the region to win back the basketball powerhouse status that we had in the 1970s. I hope the league can push Asean competition to a higher level.”

Indonesian Basketball League champion Satria Muda Jakarta is expected to join the ABL, as is Garuda Bandung, but Erick — one of Satria Muda’s co-owners — said that is still up in the air.

“Satria Muda hasn’t applied yet, but while I haven’t read the franchise document, we’re very interested in participating in the ABL,” the Indonesian media mogul said. “I can’t decide on it yet since I’m not the only owner.”

amdgc82
03-06-2009, 07:13 AM
http://redsports.sg/2009/03/05/franchise-asean-basketball/

Strong interest in ASEAN Basketball League franchises
March 5
Story by Les Tan/Red Sports

http://redsports.sg/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/tony_fernandes.jpg
Chairman Tony Fernandes believes the ASEAN Basketball League is a product people want. (Photo © Les Tan/Red Sports)

Singapore Sports Council, Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 14 individuals and companies are interested in setting up teams to take part in the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), according to ABL chairman Tony Fernandes.

Tony Fernandes, who is also the chairman of budget carrier AirAsia, launched the ABL franchise document today at a press conference.

Prospective team owners will need to furnish a US$1 million banker’s guarantee and each team will be made up of two imports, two ASEAN players, one player with one parent from ASEAN, and seven local players.

The 14 individuals and companies were not named because “they don’t like to lose,” said Chairman Fernandes.

This year’s league is expected to start in September 2009 and run for five months until February 2010. Indonesia and Philippines will probably field two teams because of their population size and in the case of Philippines, tremendous interest in the sport. Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei are expected to field one team each. The Singapore Slingers are expected to be Singapore’s representative.

There is tremendous interest in Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia,” said Fernandes. “This is a product people want. We will provide low-cost, high quality entertainment.”

All teams will be independently owned by franchise owners while the ABL will focus on marketing the league and negotiate league-wide sponsorship and television deals. To qualify for a franchise, team owners will need to develop a youth programme to bring in local talent. The ABL will announce the franchise owners on April 30th.

Singaporean Hong Wei Jian, 23, who suited up for the Slingers last season, is in the frame for one of the spots on the squad given the emphasis on local talent.

“The new set up will mean the team might not be as strong as the former Slingers,” said Wei Jian. “But it is good exposure for Singaporeans. We’ll have more playing time.”

Wong Wei Long, Tan Jin Hong, Desmond Oh, Lim Wai Sian and Hong Wei Jian have been training with Slingers head coach Frank Arsego and assistant coach Neo Beng Siang the last two weeks to prepare for the upcoming league.

amdgc82
03-06-2009, 12:00 PM
http://www.singaporeslingers.com/index.php/2009/03/06/the-launch-of-the-asean-basketball-league-franchise-document/

The Launch of The ASEAN Basketball League Franchise Document
6 March, 2009, 8:52 am

Since the launch of the ASEAN Basketball League in Kuala Lumpur on January 19th 2009, the South East Asian Basketball Association has been getting an unexpectedly positive response from interested parties from around the ASEAN region.

In a sure sign that sports transcends all barriers even in times of economic uncertainty, as many as 14 private individuals and companies have expressed interest in putting in a bid to buy a franchise license that will enable them to take part in the ASEAN Basketball League, the first of its kind in the region.

It is a sign that many see sports as a social responsibility as well as one of the most exciting mediums of entertainment in the world.

In order for a team owner to qualify as one of the ABL franchise teams, they must invest in a solid development program for youth, have a stable financial standing as well as willing to invest in quality players and infrastructure.

In this form the ABL should form a catalyst for the future of club management, where on court excellence is balanced with strong grass root development and sound financial management in the ASEAN region.

The ABL is an initiative between private investors from various industries and the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) to create a regional basketball league that would be open to professional teams owned and operated by private owners.

In the first year 8 teams across ASEAN will be picked to form the ABL. A team will consist of a mixture of international and local players. Tentatively a team will be made up of 2 international players, 2 ASEAN players, one player with a parent from ASEAN and 7 local players. This will be a balanced mix of international experience and local heroes.

The Singapore Slingers Managing Director Bob Turner expressed the team’s determination in taking part in the ABL League, with the support of the Basketball Association of Singapore the Slingers will push forward with their application to enter the ABL for the 2009 season.

The League is scheduled to start in September 2009, with games being held until February 2010. Consequent years will see the league start earlier.

Companies or individuals who wish to submit a bid to enter a team in the ABL should contact the ABL team at:

ASEAN Basketball League, Suite 3.02 Plaza Hamodal, Jalan 13/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Email : franchise@aseanbasketballleague.com.

Or call 603-7962 5813 or +6012-3311 398.

The South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) is the governing body for basketball in the ASEAN region.

Tony Fernandes is the Chairman of the Tune Group which consists of businesses ranging from hotels, airlines and financial services.

For more information please call Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of SEABA at 603-2078 0055/603-2026 4933 or Kuhan Foo at +603 – 7962 5733 or +6012-3311 398/

amdgc82
03-23-2009, 09:50 AM
http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2009/3/23/sports/3467816&sec=sports
Monday March 23, 2009
Tough for Malaysia to come up with team for ABL

PETALING JAYA: A spot is reserved for Malaysia in the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) but with the hefty operating cost to run a team, it is left to be seen whether there are any parties in**terested to take the plunge.

The idea of a first-ever professional basketball league in the region was mooted by the South-East Asian Basketball Association (Seaba). The league is scheduled to start in September and ends in February.

http://thestar.com.my/archives/2009/3/23/sports/s_54tony.jpg
AirAsia chairman Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes (pic), who has been appointed the chairman of ABL, said during the launch earlier in the year that the initial plan was to have about eight teams playing in a home-and-away format of competition with a knockout stage, culminating in a final.

But it will be a big commitment for any party to take up the franchise for the ABL, especially in the current economic climate.

A prospective team owner needs to put up a bank deposit of US$1mil. A team will comprise two foreigners, two Asean players, one player with a parent from Asean and seven local players.

Indonesia and the Philippines are expected to take up two slots each as there is keen interest in the sport in their countries. They also have basketball leagues of their own.

Thailand, Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia are to be given one slot each. The Singapore slot have been taken up by Singapore Slingers, a professional team owned by Tony.

Malaysia Basketball Association (Maba) secretary general Tan See Wah said that while they had yet to see the franchise document, the concept to get the first-ever professional league going was laudable enough.

“Anyone who wants to get the franchise has to put in a bank deposit to show their seriousness in keeping the team going for at least two years,” he said.

“We are talking about a very big sum of money and it is more than what we spend on our entire national set-up for a year.

“Nothing is concrete yet but if we are offered the franchise document, we will discuss it at the exco meeting.”

See Wah also did not discount the possibility of getting people pooling their money to own a team.

“We are fully supportive of getting the ABL off the ground. It is good for the development and growth of men’s basketball. Our local players will get more playing time and it will improve their level of play,” he said.

pachador
03-23-2009, 11:53 AM
i'm a little skeptical with the press releases of* ABL that 16 then it became 14 teams want to join. For one, this other news says that malaysia which is richer than us is finding it hard trying to come up with a team. This might just be an attempt to stampede filipino companies into applying to the ABL.

Experience-wise,all the ASEAN countries will benefit from this league except the philippines since it is these ASEAN countries who look forward to toughening up their players by playing against Filipino teams. The end-result here is that one day this ASEAN countries will catch-up to the level of the Philippines sooner than later. bale, the process will be facilitated and happen sooner.

Of course, the businesses that stand to benefit from the ABL will be the TV and media industry plus the corporations that who will field their ABL teams.

Assuming that it is inevitable that ASEAN countries will catch up to the Philippines, just a question of time, maybe in hindsight it might have been best if the PBA had jumped the gun and expanded their operations and invited ASEAN countries, although, alternatively, the PBA can do better than the ABL by merging into a federation with the more powerful Australian and New Zealand Leagues or at leasy have a tri-tourney with the aussies and kiwis wherein the kiwi, aussie and philippine champions slug it out once a year. This tri-tourney(Aussie, kiwi and philippines) will give the Philippine players more benefit experience-wise than the ABL Asean tourney.

Since the Aussie pro league always play with imports(tama ba?), while we don't, we can ask permission or an exemption from them that the Philippine national team be allowed for the tri-tourney since we won't be including imports.

The ABL may be an exciting concept for ASEAN fans , but i think Filipino fans will find it more exciting if PBA teams play against tougher teams like the australian , new zealand leagues or maybe the korean, chinese leagues plus, Filipino players will gain more from playing against tougher country leagues.

D_I_A
03-23-2009, 02:01 PM
i'm a little skeptical with the press releases of* ABL that 16 then it became 14 teams want to join. For one, this other news says that malaysia which is richer than us is finding it hard trying to come up with a team. This might just be an attempt to stampede filipino companies into applying to the ABL.

Experience-wise,all the ASEAN countries will benefit from this league except the philippines since it is these ASEAN countries who look forward to toughening up their players by playing against Filipino teams. The end-result here is that one day this ASEAN countries will catch-up to the level of the Philippines sooner than later. bale, the process will be facilitated and happen sooner.

Of course, the businesses that stand to benefit from the ABL will be the TV and media industry plus the corporations that who will field their ABL teams.

Assuming that it is inevitable that ASEAN countries will catch up to the Philippines, just a question of time, maybe in hindsight it might have been best if the PBA had jumped the gun and expanded their operations and invited ASEAN countries, although, alternatively, the PBA can do better than the ABL by merging into a federation with the more powerful Australian and New Zealand Leagues or at leasy have a tri-tourney with the aussies and kiwis wherein the kiwi, aussie and philippine champions slug it out once a year. This tri-tourney(Aussie, kiwi and philippines) will give the Philippine players more benefit experience-wise than the ABL Asean tourney.

Since the Aussie pro league always play with imports(tama ba?), while we don't, we can ask permission or an exemption from them that the Philippine national team be allowed for the tri-tourney since we won't be including imports.

The ABL may be an exciting concept for ASEAN fans , but i think Filipino fans will find it more exciting if PBA teams play against tougher teams like the australian , new zealand leagues or maybe the korean, chinese leagues plus, Filipino players will gain more from playing against tougher country leagues.




pwede din..

Tri-Tourney ang salihan ng PBA-RP NT tapos yung RP Development Team naman sa ABL...

CrossOver
03-23-2009, 10:18 PM
i'm a little skeptical with the press releases of* ABL that 16 then it became 14 teams want to join. For one, this other news says that malaysia which is richer than us is finding it hard trying to come up with a team. This might just be an attempt to stampede filipino companies into applying to the ABL.

Experience-wise,all the ASEAN countries will benefit from this league except the philippines since it is these ASEAN countries who look forward to toughening up their players by playing against Filipino teams. The end-result here is that one day this ASEAN countries will catch-up to the level of the Philippines sooner than later. bale, the process will be facilitated and happen sooner.

Of course, the businesses that stand to benefit from the ABL will be the TV and media industry plus the corporations that who will field their ABL teams.

Assuming that it is inevitable that ASEAN countries will catch up to the Philippines, just a question of time, maybe in hindsight it might have been best if the PBA had jumped the gun and expanded their operations and invited ASEAN countries, although, alternatively, the PBA can do better than the ABL by merging into a federation with the more powerful Australian and New Zealand Leagues or at leasy have a tri-tourney with the aussies and kiwis wherein the kiwi, aussie and philippine champions slug it out once a year. This tri-tourney(Aussie, kiwi and philippines) will give the Philippine players more benefit experience-wise than the ABL Asean tourney.

Since the Aussie pro league always play with imports(tama ba?), while we don't, we can ask permission or an exemption from them that the Philippine national team be allowed for the tri-tourney since we won't be including imports.

The ABL may be an exciting concept for ASEAN fans , but i think Filipino fans will find it more exciting if PBA teams play against tougher teams like the australian , new zealand leagues or maybe the korean, chinese leagues plus, Filipino players will gain more from playing against tougher country leagues.


Pwede ito! Sana manyare, pssst. PBA basahin niyo ito...

amdgc82
03-30-2009, 09:08 AM
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/03/30/42075_ntsport.html
NT shooting for ASEAN spot
PETER TIFFEN
March 30th, 2009

THE Northern Territory is knocking on the door of the newly formed ASEAN Basketball League.

The league is set to start in September this year and the Darwin Basketball Association is formulating a plan to join.

"We are very keen to be involved in this," DBA development manager Don Sheppard said.

"The board will have to examine it but to me it has great potential not only for basketball but the NT.

"We have a potential audience of 600 million people to promote the Territory to in the region if we get involved. TV coverage is already locked in."

The league grew out of the Singapore Slingers Challenge series which Darwin was a part of last year.

The Darwin Airport Resort All Stars played a game in Singapore in December and the Slingers travelled to Marrara for a return match.

The ABL is an initiative between private investors and the South East Asian Basketball Association to create a regional league.

Two teams will come from the Philippines and two from Indonesia with one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Invitations will also be extended to teams from Brunei and Vietnam.

"I've had meetings with Singapore Slingers managing director Bob Turner and operations manager Michael Johnson on a few occasions already and we are very keen to see if Darwin could be involved," Sheppard said.

"From what I've been told, in the first three years the ASEAN countries will be involved and then they will look to expand after that.

"But I have put forward a proposal to see if Darwin could be hooked into playing some challenge matches against some of these ASEAN teams to see how it would transpire.

"Hopefully that will encourage the officials of the ASEAN championships to push us earlier than the three years."

The ABL is still finalising budgets and marketing plans to determine how much it will cost to sustain the league.

"At the end of the day Darwin's involvement will depend on costing and what we are able to get from sponsors," Sheppard said.

"It will have to be pretty much self-funded before we could get involved but I believe it can happen."

D_I_A
03-30-2009, 02:17 PM
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/03/30/42075_ntsport.html
NT shooting for ASEAN spot
PETER TIFFEN
March 30th, 2009

THE Northern Territory is knocking on the door of the newly formed ASEAN Basketball League.

The league is set to start in September this year and the Darwin Basketball Association is formulating a plan to join.

"We are very keen to be involved in this," DBA development manager Don Sheppard said.

"The board will have to examine it but to me it has great potential not only for basketball but the NT.

"We have a potential audience of 600 million people to promote the Territory to in the region if we get involved. TV coverage is already locked in."

The league grew out of the Singapore Slingers Challenge series which Darwin was a part of last year.

The Darwin Airport Resort All Stars played a game in Singapore in December and the Slingers travelled to Marrara for a return match.

The ABL is an initiative between private investors and the South East Asian Basketball Association to create a regional league.

Two teams will come from the Philippines and two from Indonesia with one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Invitations will also be extended to teams from Brunei and Vietnam.

"I've had meetings with Singapore Slingers managing director Bob Turner and operations manager Michael Johnson on a few occasions already and we are very keen to see if Darwin could be involved," Sheppard said.

"From what I've been told, in the first three years the ASEAN countries will be involved and then they will look to expand after that.

"But I have put forward a proposal to see if Darwin could be hooked into playing some challenge matches against some of these ASEAN teams to see how it would transpire.

"Hopefully that will encourage the officials of the ASEAN championships to push us earlier than the three years."

The ABL is still finalising budgets and marketing plans to determine how much it will cost to sustain the league.

"At the end of the day Darwin's involvement will depend on costing and what we are able to get from sponsors," Sheppard said.

"It will have to be pretty much self-funded before we could get involved but I believe it can happen."



pabor ito sa kanila dahil may pera naman sila, ganun din sa ABL dahil hanggang ngayon nasa sketch boards pa rin ito, as for other ASEAN teams they too could learn a lot from these Aussie team from the Northern Australia, for us..kahit papaano may mapupulot din naman.

mas maganda siguro kung tayo na lang mag-organize ng sariling ASEAN tournament.

CrossOver
03-30-2009, 10:08 PM
Ito ba yung website (http://www.nt.basketball.net.au/fs_home.asp) nila?

If makakasali ang team na to mas magiging maganda ang competition sa ABL
Anu kayang team ng RP ang sasali, ang RP Smart Gilas kasi mukang sa PBA sasali as a guess team ng All Filipino Conference.

sa_pula
06-11-2009, 12:11 AM
takte magiging training ground lang to ng mga indons,thais. viets,malays..etc..walang maitutulong to sa Pilipinas..Pag nagpauto Pilipinas dito asahan nyo sa loob ng 10 taon kahit vietnam tinatalo na tayo sa larong busluhan ;D

tapal_king18
06-24-2009, 09:26 PM
takte magiging training ground lang to ng mga indons,thais. viets,malays..etc..walang maitutulong to sa Pilipinas..Pag nagpauto Pilipinas dito asahan nyo sa loob ng 10 taon kahit vietnam tinatalo na tayo sa larong busluhan ;D


iyong mga taga-liga pilipinas ang paglaruin dito!

amdgc82
07-03-2009, 10:05 PM
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/209120/rp-5-others-form-asean-cage-league

RP, 5 others form Asean cage league
July 3, 2009, 6:20pm

The Philippines will take part in the 1st Asean Basketball League — a home-and-away tournament to be launched in October with at least six nations participating each putting up a professional basketball team.

The Philippine participation will be organized by Mikee Romero, owner of the Harbour Centre and Oracle Residences basketball teams which have won seven straight Philippine Basketball League titles.

He will be joining forces with ABC-5 owner Tony Boy Cojuangco in forming the Philippine club team.

“This is just an initial step, we hope to expand the league in the near future,” Romero said during yesterday’s SCOOP sa Kamayan. “The tournament will not only give new home to our players but will also provide entertainment to Filipinos working in other parts of the region.”

Set to start kick off on October 1 in Singapore, the event will be played only on weekends to generate crowd support, especially in Singapore where there is a large community of Filipinos.

The composition of the team will be seven locals, two Asian imports, two American or European imports and one local player with a foreign blood – a Fil-Am in the case of the Philippines.

“It’s really exciting since other countries can hire our players as imports,” added Romero. “We can hire players from the PBA, PBL, and Liga ng Pilipinas. They can also hire Japanese, Koreans, and Chinese talents.”

Also taking part in the pilot tournament founded by Malaysian billionaire Tony Fernandez of Air Asia are the Singapore Slingers, Indonesian Britama of Thokir family, Brunei, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Aside from Romero, also in the ABL board are Fernandez, top ranking official of the Singapore Sport Council and the owner of the Forbes Asia magazine.

Romero said that the league is not out to rival the country’s professional league – the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) – saying: “We’re out to help other players who will not be accommodated by the PBA.”

Romero said he will hold a series of tryouts starting next month.

Among the players likely to be recruited are former NCAA MVP Sam Ekwe and former RP team member Jonathan Fernandez.

amdgc82
07-05-2009, 08:57 PM
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/166666/RP-joins-Asean-home-and-away-cage-league

RP joins home-and-away Asean cage league
07/05/2009 | 06:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Businessman Mikee Romero hopes to extend the success of his local teams to the international scene as he leads the formation of a Philippine ball club to 1st Asean Basketball League.

Romero announced his acquisition of a franchise in the fledging ABL, in which the Philippines will be joining Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei as the pioneers of the tournament kicking off on October 1 in Singapore.

For this venture, Romero is joining forces with ABC-5 owner Tony Boy Cojuangco. The team will be an assembly of the best players from the PBA, PBL, Liga Filipinas and the collegiate leagues, according to Romero.

“It’s a prestigious league since the ABL is the Southeast Asian version of the Euroleague and the NBA," said Romero, the former godfather of amateur basketball who now also sits as head of one of the factions disputing the leadership of the local cycling association.

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It’s a prestigious league since the ABL is the Southeast Asian version of the Euroleague and the
NBA.
– Mikee Romero, team owner
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Well-known clubs Singapore Slingers owned by Bob Turner and Indonesia’s Britama owned by media mogul Erik Tohir are also competing in the ABL.

“The tournament will be played every weekend in a home-and-away format. It has the blessings of the FIBA-Asia with the champions getting an automatic seat in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup," Romero explained.

Romero is no stranger in basketball, having spearheaded the campaign of Harbour Centre and Oracle Residences which won seven straight titles in the PBL. He also led the national cage team that won the SEABA men’s basketball championship in Indonesia and the 2007 SEA Games title in Thailand.

All competing teams will have seven local players to be beefed up by two Asian imports, two American or European imports and a local player with foreign blood.

Eyed to coach the Filipino quintet is current Letran mentor Louie Alas.

Off the bat, Romero named ace gunner Jonathan Fernandez who also suited up with his Harbour Center, and 6’7" Nigerian center Sam Ekwe for the ABL quintet.

“Tryouts will start on the second week of August to allow even our collegiate stars to join us. But we’re also asking the help of the PBA and Liga Filipinas so we can form a strong team. We have won tournaments in the SEABA and the SEA Games and I believe we are capable of winning the ABL title," Romero said. – GMANews.TV

amdgc82
07-08-2009, 08:25 AM
http://beta2.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=484785&publicationSubCategoryId=69

Romero, who earned a doctorate in management with high distinction from the International Academy of Management and Economics in 2006, confirmed that he will join the Asean Basketball League board headed by Air-Asia billionaire owner Tony Fernandes of Malaysia. Romero and ABC-5 owner Tony Boy Cojuangco are paying the $200,000 franchise fee for a Philippine team, which is still to be named. A suggestion was to call it the Manila Magic but Romero said he’s not comfortable using the nickname of the NBA’s losing finalist this past season.

Romero said the home-and-away league will begin on Oct. 1 in Singapore. Aside from the Philippines, the other entries are Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei. The Philippine team will be coached by Louie Alas and some of the players are Sam Ekwe, Jerwin Gaco, Boyet Bautista and Jonathan Fernandez.

“If we don’t join, we might fall behind in the race to the top of Asean basketball,” said Romero. “We don’t want the other countries to get ahead. Eventually, we hope to expand the league to include teams from Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. Right now, our market is the 600 million population in Southeast Asia. The games will be shown on ESPN every weekend and the Manila games will probably be played at the San Juan Arena. The league will go on until February the next year.”

Romero said each ABL team is mandated to sign up seven local players reinforced by two foreign imports (outside of Southeast Asia), two Southeast Asian imports and one player who has ethnic lineage to the host country but holds a foreign passport. He mentioned that several Filipinos are being recruited by teams as Southeast Asian imports, including Al Vergara for Singapore.

Michael Johnson, a 6-10 former Australian player, will be likely calling the shots for the ABL as commissioner. FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock has been designated ABL consultant and FIBA-Asia will be in charge of technical affairs.

Romero said representing the country in the ABL has a special meaning.

“I will never forget holding the Philippine flag and waving it after we won the SEABA Champions Cup title in Indonesia in 2007,” said Romero. “It was like I was waving it slow motion. You can’t imagine the feeling of pride. There was a lot of pressure on us because it was the first tournament we played after FIBA lifted our suspension. That same year, we won the Southeast Asian Games gold medal in Bangkok with a record-breaking average winning margin of 43 points. It was also that same year when our national team played the Singapore Slingers in Singapore. We came back from 30 points down to win by four with guys like Chris Tiu, Jason Castro, Jonathan Fernandez and Vergara.”

Romero said the lesson from the Singapore experience is that in international competition, a team like the Philippines with no significant size can win by knocking down three-point shots consistently and using quickness to create turnovers in leading to transition baskets.

“We found out we won’t be able to beat bigger teams by playing the post, backing in like we do in the PBA,” said Romero. “If we hit 20 three-pointers in a game for 60 points, I think that’s good enough to beat a bigger team. That Slingers team we beat had an average height of 6-8, they had two NBA players and a 6-10 center. We shot 14 three-pointers and repeatedly took away the ball from the big guys who dribbled high because they were so tall.”

Romero said he expects the Philippines to be the team to beat in the ABL.

McCoy
07-08-2009, 10:31 AM
tama kayo mga kaibigan wala tayong mapapala sa ABL, mas maganda pa kung sa NBL ng Australia tayo sumali kahit mabugbog team natin doon at least magandang experience sa Philippine team Tri-Tourney between Aussie ang New Zealand ok rin. or regular tayong magkaroon ng Invitational tournament kung saan imbitahan natin ang Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea at China. mas di hamak na mas maganda for Philippine basketball. yun kasing mga makakalaban natin kung sakali sa ABL -Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei-. kahit collegiate player natin kayang taluni ang mga national team ng mga toh. ano pa matututuhan natin doon.

amdgc82
07-12-2009, 08:23 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/columns/columns/view/20090712-215043/Asian-cage-league-launched

In Huddle
Asian cage league launched
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:18:00 07/12/2009

I’M A little confused about the Asian Basketball League or ABL.

I first heard about this league from Singapore-based Paul Monozca, who was introduced to me by businessman/sportsman Mikee Romero in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand during the 2007 Southeast Asian Games where he was a guest of Mikee.

That was over a year ago. At that time it wasn’t clear if the ABL was a name or only a concept.

Monozca said the Singapore Regional League, where he later would invite five PBA teams and Harbour Centre to play against the Singapore Slingers, was a forerunner of the Singapore-based ABL which was being formed then.

Paul and I would be talking about an Asian League again many months after in a recent visit to Manila.

This time Paul said he has had a change of heart. He said he feels Filipinos should run a regional basketball league and not any other Asean country since the Philippines is the ultimate basketball country in Southeast Asia.

I got the distinct impression that Paul was planning to single-handedly organize and market the ABL, making the Philippines its base of operations.

* * *

Last week while in Singapore, I got word from Manila that Mikee was fielding a team in the ABL. This didn’t surprise me since Mikee and Paul have become close friends and business associates despite the short period that they had known each other.

What surprised me was the rapid development of events.

When I talked to Paul in Manila, he was just studying the possibilities, he had barely made the first tangible step.

I found out that Mikee’s ABL was not the same Asian league Paul had in mind.

Paul said he was asked by Bob Turner of the Singapore Slingers to join the ABL, but he turned it down.

“Because it will not be the Filipinos but the Malaysians who will be running the show. Since much will depend on our cagers for the success of this regional league, I believe we should have control of the organization and the benefits that will be derived from it,” Paul explained.

“Fiba-Asia secgen Dato Yeoh Choo Hock will head the ABL with Fiba-Asia officials sitting in the board and not the team owners.”

* * *

Back in Manila, Mikee Romero informed me that while I was away, he had forged a partnership with ABC 5’s Tonyboy Cojuangco for the formation of an ABL team.

“Would you believe that Tonyboy is just as excited as I am about this team?” said Mikee, who has been preoccupied with the search for an appropriate name for his team.

“Maybe we should launch a contest. I want a name that will immediately connect to the Philippines or the Filipinos.”

Mikee said it was Turner who had invited him to join the ABL. He said the team owners will compose the ABL board and not Fiba-Asia officials.

The other day, Mikee got a text message from a Malaysian associate informing him that Nike is bringing NBA champion and finals MVP Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers to Singapore on July 22.

“They want us to organize a short 20-minute exhibition game between the Singapore Slingers and an ABL selection. Can you release some of your players? This will be a great opportunity to promote the ABL,” the text read.

Incidentally, Manila is Kobe’s first destination in his tour of six Asian cities this July.

* * *

HOOPVINE: Congratulations to the New Kanlaon Construction Inc. basketball team coached by former UP Maroon Duane Salvatera for winning the First Real Estate Developers basketball tournament title. Among the champion team’s most rabid rooters are company CEO Antonio Evangelista, president Rolando Narciso, VP Fernando Tan, team manager Teddy Lavines and Mr. Rolly Evangelista… The first edition of The Filipino Poker Tour was aired last night over Studio 23, Channel 17 at 11 p.m. The lucky viewer gets a chance to win a seat to Metro High 5.

D_I_A
07-12-2009, 12:59 PM
tama kayo mga kaibigan wala tayong mapapala sa ABL, mas maganda pa kung sa NBL ng Australia tayo sumali kahit mabugbog team natin doon at least magandang experience sa Philippine team Tri-Tourney between Aussie ang New Zealand ok rin. or regular tayong magkaroon ng Invitational tournament kung saan imbitahan natin ang Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea at China. mas di hamak na mas maganda for Philippine basketball. yun kasing mga makakalaban natin kung sakali sa ABL -Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei-. kahit collegiate player natin kayang taluni ang mga national team ng mga toh. ano pa matututuhan natin doon.


ipadala na lang yung RP U-18 team natin at least mas mahahasa pa ito. tapos dalin yung trade namen nila romero at cojuangco

amdgc82
07-14-2009, 08:41 PM
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/210954/rp-abl-team-wants-bring-back-bates

RP ABL team wants to bring back Bates
By JONAS TERRADO
July 14, 2009, 6:42pm

http://www.mb.com.ph/sites/default/files/ABL.jpg
Sportsman Mikee Romero (center) discusses the Philippines’ participation in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) on October during the PSA Sports Forum on Tuesday. Also in photo are Erick Arejola and ABC-5 president Bobby Barreiro. (BOB DUNGO JR.)

The Philippines' ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) franchise is planning to bring legendary import Billy Ray Bates back on local soil when the first regional pro league begins this October in Singapore.

Dubbed as "Black Superman", Bates dazzled his fans and terrified his guards with his versatility during his celebrated stint with the fabled Crispa squad.

"We haven't had any contacts with him but we're trying to bring him back for one last hurrah," said team owner Mikee Romero during Tuesday's PSA Forum held at Shakey's UN Avenue in Manila.

But Romero pointed out that the 53-year old Bates, who averaged 46 points per game with Crispa and later Ginebra during the 1980's, will only suit up for a few minutes.

Aside from Bates, the team hopes to add ex-PBA stars Samboy Lim, Vergel Meneses, Jerry Codiñera, Bong Alvarez, and Gerry Esplana as guest players.

As part of Romero's partnership with Tony Boy Cojuangco, the games of the local squad will be shown live through Cojuangco's TV-5 (formerly ABC-5) with international broadcasts to be televised on ESPN.

Despite the economic crisis, TV-5 executive Bobby Barreiro, who joined Romero in the weekly forum, believes that it's a risk worth taking.

"It's going to be difficult (amidst the crisis) but then again, what we also think is that we look at every crisis as an opportunity," said Barreiro. "There are a lot of Filipinos outside of the country, they are homesick and this particular league might help them a bit."

"The challenge for the ABL to the PBA is very different but it’s something that excites us. I think we could use our past experience in this venture," added Barreiro, whose network covered PBA games from 2004-2008.

amdgc82
07-14-2009, 09:03 PM
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/167361/Ex-PBL-standouts-PBA-legends-to-represent-RP-in-ABL

Ex-PBL standouts, PBA legends to represent RP in ABL
07/14/2009 | 07:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former standouts from the Philippine Basketball League backstopped by ex-Philippine Basketball Association superstars are being eyed for the RP team to the inaugural Asean Basketball League starting Oct. 1 in Singapore.

The team, to be handled by Letran coach Louie Alas, is considering former PBL standouts Jerwin Gaco, Patrick Cabahug, Chester Taylor, Al Vergara, Virgilio Serios, Jayson Nocom, Neil Raneses, Emer Saldua and Ian Saladaga to form its young core.

And to infuse experience and name-recall, the squad is wooing ex-PBA superstars Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Vergel Meneses, Samboy Lim, and Johnny Abarrientos and legends Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez.

Management, including owner Mikee Romero, team manager Erik Arejola and assistant manager Albert Tirona, is also serious in tapping the “Black Superman" Billy Ray Bates, now 53, Bong Alvarez, Nelson Asaytono, Rodney Santos and Gerry Esplana as guest players.

Alas will be holding tryouts on Aug. 15 at the San Juan Arena to complete the roster.

"There are two objectives in forming this team -- to form a competitive team that can win the championship and entertain the Filipino overseas workers," said Bobby Barreiro of ABC 5, which will air the ABL games live on Saturdays and Sundays.

The league was the idea of Malaysian business tycoon Tony Fernandes. It was launched in Kuala Lumpur a few months back and has gained the support of other businessmen from Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

Tournament format calls for double-round eliminations. There shall be best-of-seven semifinals among the top teams and a best-of-seven finals. Several games will be played in the Philippines because the ABL's home-and-away format.

"The opportunity for the league is so vast that it is very exciting. The league also provides players the chance to have a livelihood. There are even opportunities for Filipino players to play for other clubs," said Barreiro during Tuesday’s PSA Forum. – Perry Legaspi, GMAnews.TV

amdgc82
07-14-2009, 09:11 PM
http://businessmirror.com.ph/home/sports/13181-ex-pba-stars-to-play-in-asian-league.html

Ex-PBA stars to play in Asian league
Sports
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 20:48

AN All-Star team is being formed to represent the Philippines in the first Asean Basketball League (ABL), which fires off on October 1 in Singapore.

Only this time, the team will be composed of former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) superstars like Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Vergel Meneses, Samboy Lim and Johnny Abarrientos. Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez will also make representations for the team.

To top it all, the men behind the formation of the team for the home-and-away league is eyeing Billy Ray Bates, known as the “Black Superman” and arguably the best import ever to grace the PBA, to be part of the team.

“There are two objectives in forming this team—to form a competitive team that can win the championship and entertain the Filipino overseas workers,” said ABC 5 honcho Bobby Barreiro in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s United Nations Avenue.

Barreiro pitched in for businessman Tony Boy Cojuangco, the ABC 5 owner who is throwing his full support to the team, along with Harbour Centre owner and basketball patron Mikee Romero, who vowed to make it “very exciting” for the team and Filipino cage fans.

The ABL was launched a few months ago in Kuala Lumpur. It is the brainchild of Tony Fernandes, a very successful Malaysian entrepreneur who is into the airline and hotel business.

So far, six countries have confirmed their participation—the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. Games will be played in these member-countries.

“The challenge being posed is very different and it excites us. Plus it will give our players a bigger chance to showcase their talents. We even feel that Filipinos may be tapped by the other countries as their imports,” said Barreiro in the session, sponsored by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., Shakey’s, Accel and Outlast Battery.

Under tournament rules, each team is allowed four imports (two of any nationality and two of Asian descent). After a double-round, home-and-away eliminations, the top teams will advance to the best-of-seven semifinals, and eventually the best-of-seven finals.

Some of the teams are looking at Filipinos as their Asian imports, according to Romero.

Barreiro said ABC 5 will air the games live on Saturdays and Sundays. As far as the Philippines is concerned, its primary target is to cater for its overseas-based workers.

Louie Alas has been designated head coach, Erik Arejola as team manager and Albert Tirona as assistant team manager. Tryouts will be held on August 15 at the San Juan Arena for the remaining slots on the team. Contracts lasting three to five years will be offered to the players.

Romero clarified that the ex-PBA superstars that include Bong Alvarez, Nelson Asaytono, Rodney Santos and Gerry Esplana, including Bates, who turned 53 in May, will play only as guests for the inaugurals.

Former Philippine Basketball League players like Jerwin Gaco, Patrick Cabahug, Chester Taylor, Al Vergara, Virgilio Serios, Jayson Nocom, Neil Raneses, Emer Saldua and Ian Saladaga are also being eyed for the team.

“It’s a club concept and we’re still open to shareholders. We’re even planning of inviting Manny Pacquiao. Maybe he can put in some stakes in this team. This is a means to promote the Philippines overseas,” said Romero.

“So, let’s rally behind this team. Even the former PBA superstars are excited because they will once again wear the Philippine jersey. And Billy Ray Bates? Well, we’re not asking him to be as competitive but just by being there will surely entertain the Filipino fans abroad. He can thrill them just by being there.”

amdgc82
07-15-2009, 07:50 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/columns/columns/view/20090715-215506/Mikee-Fiba-official-has-no-place-in-ABL

In Huddle
Mikee: Fiba official has no place in ABL
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:13:00 07/15/2009

NO WAY WILL HE allow Fiba-Asia secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock to be involved in the Asian Basketball League.

This was Mikee Romero’s strong reaction when I asked him to confirm a tip from his Singapore-based friend Paul Monozca.

Paul said Dato Yeoh of Malaysia will be on top of the ABL and it will be Yeoh’s group that will run the technical aspect of the league.

* * *

Mikee said that was the initial plan of the organizers—to install Dato Yeoh as head of the ABL’s technical committee.

“But I protested. I told them that if they push through with this plan, I would pull out the Philippine team. They reconsidered. We are giving that post instead to Michael Johnson, a former player of Australia’s NBL.”

Mikee said the ABL is a professional league and should, therefore, be independent. It’s not true, he clarified, that the ABL board is composed of Fiba-Asia officials.

“It is the team owners who will sit on the board,” Mikee said.

* * *

Mikee reminded me of his unforgettable experience with Dato Yeoh two years ago.

“I may have forgiven him but I cannot forget the incident in Jakarta where he did not allow Sam Ekwe to play for our national team.”

Mikee recounted that the RP-Harbour Centre squad flew to Jakarta to compete in the Seaba qualifier to the Champion’s Cup.

“We didn’t think that we needed any other additional documents for Ekwe, a Nigerian, since Julius Nwosu, who is also a Nigerian, had been allowed to play the year before without any specials papers required,” Mikee said.

But Dato Yeoh did not agree, he said.

“He would not allow Ekwe to play unless we secured clearance from the Nigerian Basketball Association. At that time it was already too late to get that document. We were caught flatfooted.

“We were practically begging Dato for consideration, based on the fact that Nwosu was allowed to play in the same tournament the year before without presenting a clearance from Nigeria.”

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Mikee said this particular incident had prompted Patrick “Pato” Gregorio, then the executive director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, to resign from his post.

For three days in a row, Pato made an appointment with Dato Yeoh, Mikee said.

“For three days in a row, he did not show up at the appointed place and on the appointed hour. We never got through to him. Consequently, Ekwe never got to play,” recalled Mikee.

The Philippines was forced to play All-Filipino without Ekwe, who was entered as an import.

“We ended up in second place. We were the defending champion,” he said.

Mikee said he cannot allow things like these to happen in the ABL. That’s why Fiba-Asia will not have a part in the new league, which he said will be formally launched on Aug. 8 in Singapore.

amdgc82
07-24-2009, 07:41 AM
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ABL organizers see wide public support
July 23, 2009, 7:21pm

SINGAPORE — With excitement slowly building up, major shareholders, including Malaysian millionaire Tony Fernandes of AirAsia Group, of the soon-to-be launched Asean Basketball League (ABL) expressed confidence the first regional basketball league will become a major sporting event not only in the region but in the whole of Asia as well.

Though football remains the region’s No. 1 sport, Fernandes, whose company recently forged a partnership with three-time National Football League (NFL) champion the Oakland Raiders, said he is convinced basketball has the potential to grow as big and popular as football in the Asean region.

Marketing-wise, basketball is fast catching up with football.

“I’m not really a good player but basketball is easy to play and understand. It’s fun and very exciting sport. It’s really a sport for everybody – young and old, boys and girls,” Fernandes, the prime mover of the league, said. “So right now, I’m already excited with the launching of the tournament.”

The London-educated businessman said the visit of NBA star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers here Wednesday augurs well to the league which will officially open in October either here on in Manila.

“Kobe’s visit here and in Manila, and in other parts of Asia is just a proof that basketball is well and alive in the South East Asian region. We also want to create our own Asean hero, and I believe we can produce not only one but a dozen. And that’s one of our objectives,” he added during an informal talks with other shareholders, including Harbour Centre Mikee Romero, an hour before Kobe and his entourage arrived at the National Indoor Singapore here.

Joining Fernandes and Romero in the meeting were ABC-5 president Bobby Barreiro and Erick Arejola of Harbour Center, media mogul Erik Tohir of Indonesia, a representative of a giant beer company of Thailand and several officials from this country.

amdgc82
07-24-2009, 07:26 PM
http://www.espnstar.com/
Friday 24th July 2009
ASEAN basketball to tip off in October

The inaugural ASEAN Basketball League is set to tip off in October with the launch date set for August 8 in Bangkok.

The ABL board, which was set up earlier this year, was in Singapore recently for a top-level meeting to iron out several keys issues in the running of the region's first professional basketball competition.

A visibly happy ABL Chairman Tony Fernandes told espnstar.com that he was excited about turning a dream into reality.

"To me, it was a dream to make the league a reality," said Dato Tony who is also chairman of the Singapore Slingers.

"We were talking about player trading, salary caps, schedules, TV production. It's real, it's coming. It's a lot of excitement."

"I'm not a basketball guy, but listening to the banter and interaction, it's going to be very exciting, I was very excited. And it was a thrill to see ASEAN working, Indonesians, Singaporeans, Malaysians, Thais, and everyone working for one purpose."

Fernandes also added that the ABL was an important step in the Slingers' transition from an Australian National Basketball League team to a relevant part of the basketball culture in the region.

"The Slingers are moving to another chapter of their lives," added the Slingers chairman. "They have become much more relevant. Playing in the ASEAN League makes more sense."

"Today is the realisation for the Slingers to go after a 600 million market, as opposed to a 24 million market in Australia and a three million market in Singapore."

"I think it's a big, big day for the Slingers. From a little twinkle in someone's eyes, we are getting closer to D-day. Today is an important day for ASEAN sports."

Echoing the same sentiments was Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) president Erick Thohir who said that the establishing of the league was important in the development of the game in the region.

"It's a dream come true," said Thohir. "When they asked me to take over as president of SEABA three years ago, one of my presentations to the members of the region emphasized on two things - The need to form a regional league to upgrade the standard of play, as well as improve the standard of refereeing and coaching."

The SEABA president also confirmed that the ABL would be launched on ASEAN Day, with the participating teams also being confirmed on the occasion.

"The board, representing the club owners, the management of the league and the Southeast Asia commission met up to talk about the preparation for the league launch on the eighth of August, which is ASEAN Day," added Thohir.

"We are going to launch the ABL in Bangkok, and ASEAN Secretary General Mr Surin Pitsuwan, will help the kick-off the event."

Slingers' CEO Bob Turner welcomed the results of the meeting, saying the Singapore outfit was always looking to play in an Asian league.

"It was always our vision to play in Asia one day, and that was the whole setup," said Turner. "We started in the Australian league to launch the Slingers name and brand."

"Then last year we realized we needed to play in Asia, and our chairman Tony Fernandes is a big believer in ASEAN. So he said, ‘let's start an ASEAN league.' We got our approvals from FIBA Asia, from SEABA, from FIBA itself."

"If you were to say to me three years ago that we'll have a team competing in a professional ASEAN League, or an Asian competition, I would have said ‘it's a big call, it might take five or six years.' To do it in three, I think it's fantastic and thanks to the Singapore Sports Council backing us, and to the Indoor Stadium getting us this far."

amdgc82
08-16-2009, 07:30 PM
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ABL eyes partnership with broadcast giant
August 16, 2009, 6:55pm

The launching of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) – the fist regional professional league – has been moved to a later date as organizers are working out to forge a strong alliance with sporting network giant – the ESPN – for the league’s grand opening in October.

Dr. Mikee Romero, who co-owns the Philippine club franchise with ABC-5 owner Tony Boy Cojuangco, announced the other day the postponement of the launching since ABL’s top brass is trying to close a 10-year deal with ESPN, which it said will play a crucial role in the success of the league.

“Though we have already set everything for the launching of the event, we have to give way for this very important undertaking of the league. We know the value of ESPN and we know the value of a local television,” said the young owner of Harbour Centre. “We will announce the final date perhaps next week.”

The launching was initially set tomorrow in Manila with Cojuangco and Romero ready to welcome officials and players of the six-country tournament designed to produce an Asean hero, create new rivalry, and promote ASEAN brands in the market since basketball is acknowledged as the world’s second most popular sport – next to football (soccer).

Cojuangco and Romero believe that it is important for the league to have a tie-up with an established TV network – as in the case of ESPN – for it will attract big-time sponsors. If negotiation is successful, ABL games will be shown on ESPN and other local TV.

“If that happens, team owners like us can save a lot, and that will be fine for us,” said Romero. “ESPN acknowledges the potential of ABL.”

Aside from the Philippines, also taking part in the low-cost but highly-quality entertainment are Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore. But there’s strong possibility that Indonesia may field two teams while Vietnam is also planning to join.

“For starter, six teams will be an ideal number but if two more teams will join, then that will be fine,” said Cojuangco. “It’s going to be a good sign in business and entertainment.”

In postponing the launching, Malaysian millionaire and ABL founder Tony Fernandes said: “We apologize for the postponement but we have one shot at this and I want to get it right. We are getting stronger by the day and I am excited.”

Meantime, Bobby Barreiro, president of ABC-5, and Erick Arejola, team manager of Harbour Centre, said they will announce next week the moniker of the Philippine team for the coming tournament.

“We need to create a lot of hype for the league and strengthen our brand positioning in the market,” said Barreiro.

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08-17-2009, 11:23 AM
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ABL eyes partnership with ESPN
08/17/2009

The launching of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) — the first regional professional league -— has been moved to a later date as organizers are working out to forge a strong alliance with sporting network giant — the ESPN — for the league’s grand opening in October.

Dr. Mikee Romero, who co-owns the Philippine club franchise with ABC-5 owner Tony Boy Cojuangco, announced the other day the postponement of the launching since ABL’s top brass is trying to close a 10-year deal with ESPN, which it said will play a crucial role in the success of the league.

"Though we have already set everything for the launching of the event, we have to give way for this very important undertaking of the league. We know the value of ESPN and we know the value of a local television," said the young owner of Harbour Centre. "We will announce the final date perhaps next week."

The launching was initially set tomorrow in Manila with Cojuangco and Romero ready to welcome officials and players of the six-country tournament designed to produce an Asean hero, create new rivalry, and promote Asean brands in the market since basketball is acknowledged as the world’s second most popular sport — next to football (soccer).

Cojuangco and Romero believe that it is important for the league to have a tie-up with an established TV network — as in the case of ESPN — for it will attract big-time sponsors. If negotiation is successful, ABL games will be shown on ESPN and other local TV.

"If that happens, team owners like us can save a lot, and that will be fine for us," said Romero. "ESPN acknowledges the potential of ABL."

Aside from the Philippines, also taking part in the low-cost but highly-quality entertainment are Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore. But there’s strong possibility that Indonesia may field two teams while Vietnam is also planning to join.


The Daily Tribune (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20090817spo4.html)

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08-27-2009, 09:44 AM
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Brunei Joins Asean Basketball League
Written by James Kon Thursday, 27 August 2009 07:40

Bandar Seri Begawan - Team Barracudas will be representing Brunei Darussalam in the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) and the first match is scheduled to start in the middle to October.

A meeting to iron out issues in regard of cooperation between Brunei Basketball Association and Miss Nadzaty Azma Azeez, the manager of the team, and Kuhan Foo, CEO of Asean Basketball League, was held yesterday afternoon.

The Barracudas team comprise of seven local players with three players from Asean and two international players. More players have been scouted during the Brunei Pepsi Cup.

In addition, Brunei Basketball Association has recommended some potential players.

There will be exciting matches to be played at home and away. Brunei's Barracudas team are schedule to compete with teams from Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Team manager Nadzaty Azma Azeez possesses a visionary idea to develop basketball in Brunei Darussalam and to lead the Barracudas to compete in the ABL.

She will also try to build Brunei's Barracudas team to an international level and be capable of competing in other leagues around the world.
With its technical expertise in conducting basketball matches, The Brunei Basketball Association has agreed to support the Asean Basketball League especially at home matches.

The Barracudas team will also be providing support to a basketball development programme for the youth.

To provide assistance to the Asean Basketball League, an ad hoc committee responsible for assisting Brunei's participation in the Asean Basketball League was formed recently.

John Foo Chee Sin was elected as Chairman; Adam A Chu, Deputy Chairman I; Khoo Eng Cheong, Deputy Chairman II; Fabian Ho Hock Kheng, Secretary; I,we Yin Chiang, Treasurer; Chai Tze Yun, Public Relations Officer, and Christina Tan Lam Eng, Ang Eng Kee, Wong Ming Ching, Lim Kah Hoo and Sui Boon Ong, members. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

amdgc82
08-28-2009, 11:36 AM
http://www.espnstar.com
Friday 28th August 2009
Johnson: ABL is a dream come true

Michael Johnson is excited about the prospect of the ASEAN Basketball League tipping off in less than two months’ time.

The Singapore Slingers general manager was on hand to co-host the Lion City's only pro basketball team's pre-season event with CEO Bob Turner and said that the September 1 launch of the Southeast Asian tournament was the culmination of a long-standing dream.

"This year's [rally] is most probably the most exciting of the three because we're letting people know about the ASEAN League," said Johnson during the event. "This as our goal when we first came here, Singapore didn't have a competition for a pro team to play in, the Australian NBL was the first platform, to get a team established, and the Slingers brand established."

"We initially hoped that in five years that we would have had an ASEAN League, but we've managed to do it in three, so we're excited about that, and it's an opportunity for the young guys to play, for the local kids to play, and I think it going to be a fun year for the Singapore Slingers."

The Slingers' GM did concede that the league would not be at its best at the get-go, and would need time for it to hit its stride and rival the competitions around the Asian region.

"The NBL (Australia's National Basketball League) to the ABL will be a slight standard drop," continued Johnson. "The Australian League has been around for thirty years, it's been a pro league for the best part of 20 years, and Australia's league is ranked in the top ten of the world."

"The ASEAN League is a new league. Having said that, I've seen a lot of the talent in the region; in the ASEAN countries and they have some very, very good players. And what they probably lack, which the Australian League has, is the day-to-day professionalism; being able to concentrate on practicing, and also playing tough international competition on a week-to-week basis in a pro competition."

"So that's what the ASEAN League will be for these kids; the local guys, and I think their standards will raise dramatically."

When asked about who Singaporeans should look out for when the exhibition season gets underway before the official start of the ABL, Johnson was rather hesitant at first, but did reveal two players that the Republic could be proud of.

"I don't really like to point out guys because it puts pressure on them, but the guy I'm looking forward to seeing is [Hong] Wei Jian," said Johnson. "He's an explosive, athletic player. Very, very young, has raw talent, and he'll do a spectacular play and then a spectacularly bad play. He'll need to find that happy medium."

"I'm also looking forward to see [center] Pathman Matialakan play this year. He's been with the program for three years, and he's steadily improved. The last six to eight months, when we played the Challenge Series, he got to play a lot more. His improvement's been dramatic. He's worked hard this offseason, so, I'm really looking forward to him and seeing his evolvement in this new league."

amdgc82
08-28-2009, 11:38 AM
http://www.espnstar.com
Friday 28th August 2009
Turner: The ABL will work

Singapore Slingers CEO Bob Turner insists that the newly-formed ASEAN Basketball League will be a hit with the local crowd.

Turner was present at the Slingers' third annual Captain's Rally to usher in the team's fourth season in the Lion City, and he said he was excited about the potential of the Southeast Asian competition.

"It's total enthusiasm, total excitement because, in the two years in the Australian League, it proved difficult to find relevance for the Singapore team," said the Slingers supremo. "Last year I think the Challenge Series proved that if we play Asian teams, it would be a lot better, especially if we have Singapore players on the team."

"Now you get the combination of the best of everything. It's a Singapore team and no longer an import team; we're playing historic rivals throughout ASEAN."

"And so now you look at it, you'd say 'this will work'," continued Turner. "The Singapore Indoor Stadium is the best venue in the competition; we intend to be one of the most competitive teams in the competition. We play Malaysia on the 11th of October and we hope all of Singapore knows."

Asked why he was sure that the new tournament will work when the Australian National Basketball League failed to average a decent crowd at the Indoor Stadium, Turner stressed that regional rivalries will be key in pulling in the average consumer.

"I think it's intensity, for a start," added the Slingers CEO. "You go to any level for a sport around the world, whether it be high school, college, junior club, professional: When you get a country-on-country, a rival versus rival, you get intensity."

"And with Singapore, when you play Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Brunei, there's rivalry."

"As for the standard of play, all the Singaporeans [on the team] can play basketball," stated Turner. "They struggled a little bit when they played some of the Australians simply because of height, but now when you play your regional peers, that's not much of an issue. So, you'll find that the Singapore player will handle himself exceptionally well."

"[Sheer size] is the only difference and looking at the talent I've seen, and I've played and coached all my life, I believe I can assess basketball talent fairly well, and I'm confident that the [ABL's] standard will be very good."

amdgc82
08-28-2009, 12:48 PM
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Slingers gear up for ABL with S'pore Challenge
Fri, Aug 28, 2009
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By Chia Han Keong

THE Singapore Slingers basketball team will gear up for October's inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) with a Singapore Challenge series starting on Sept 18.

This four-game series will pit the Slingers against four teams from the Philippines - Coca Cola, Ginebra and San Miguel from the Philippines Basketball Association, as well as a Smart Telecom selection team.

These games will help prepare the players for the three-month-long ABL season, which will feature professional teams Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei.

And while the original incarnation of the Slingers had predominantly Australian players as the team competed in the country's National Basketball League, the Slingers team in the ABL will feature mostly Singapore players, coupled with a few regional and foreign imports.

Said their managing director Bob Turner: "The ABL requires at least seven local players in each team, as they want to develop the regional scene.

"It will be an entirely new look for us, and we are excited that our local boys will have the chance to shine."

Tickets ($8-$18) for the four Singapore Challenge games, as well as for the eight ABL home games at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, will be available at all Sistic outlets.

Corporate boxes are also available at $12,000 for all 12 home games, or $1,250 per game.

amdgc82
08-29-2009, 06:11 AM
http://www.espnstar.com
Friday 28th August 2009
Pathman ready to blaze a trail
By Vincent Lai

Pathman Matialakan says he’s ready to take on all opponents from the region, and will lead the Slingers through the rigours of the new ABL.

The Singapore Slingers center spoke to the media after CEO Bob Turner and GM Michael Johnson had addressed the crowd at the third annual Captain's rally for the 'pride of the Lion City'. Pathman said he felt confident in playing against opponents from the region due to his familiarity and experience from years of playing for the national side.

"I'm not a stranger to playing ASEAN opponents; I've been playing basketball for Singapore for almost ten years now," said the 6-7 forward/center. "Played against a lot of the players from Southeast Asia for the past few years, so it's nothing new to me."

"I'm really looking forward to playing those players again. But we are playing in a different team now; a team which has more Singaporeans with seven local players. Six of them are playing professional basketball for the very first time. I've been playing for four years."

"It's a very big step up for the new guys, and they will have to prove themselves worthy of a spot in the team."

"It's not going to be easy playing in the ABL, because we playing with many first-timers, but we're going to have four or five imports, which is going to balance out that inexperience," added Pathman. "These guys are going to add experience and strength to the team."

"So if everything works out, we're going to have a very good blend of youth and experience - guys who have played at the highest level and guys who are coming up; trying to prove that they belong at this level. It's something to forward to, and it's going to be exciting."

"At the very least, we have our own league, and it's going to be competitive. There are going to be league standings, teams playing for the playoffs, and even a grand final, which is good compared to last season where we only played friendlies, inviting teams over to play exhibition games. Nothing to look forward to, as we won't finish first, second, third or fourth. Just play the friendly, finish it, next game. Play another friendly, finish that, next game."

The stout Singapore post player is looking forward to taking what he's learnt from playing in the Australian ABL and applying it against his adversaries in the ABL.

"Playing against those guys [in the NBL] taught me a lot of things, because those guys are stronger," stated Pathman. "Those guys may be 6-9, 6-10, but they're not really that slow. They are pretty quick on the court. Me being 6-7, playing against guys are bigger, stronger and faster, it only can help you improve."

"You know you're going to get stronger, you know you're going to get faster playing against superior competition. So it really helped me a lot. I basically knew where I stood, playing at that level."

"Coming back to the Asian level, I've already played at a high level, so my job will be to play hard at every game, use what I've learnt from that NBL experience in this Asian league; teach and encourage the youngsters, tell them what's right and what's wrong," added the 29-year-old. "I'm going to take more of a leadership role, be a big brother to the younger players."

Finally, when asked to compare the local game in Singapore to the regional Southeast version of it, Pathman expressed that the difference in standard was like day and night.

"It's a huge, huge,huge step up," exclaimed Pathman. "It is way above the level of what we're used to; what basketball used to be like in Singapore."

"Playing basketball locally and playing ball regionally is very different. The standard of the sport regionally is a lot, lot higher."

"People think that Singaporeans playing Thais or Indonesians will be similar to us playing our peers locally, but it's not," continued the Singapore international. "Guys in the region do take their basketball very seriously, and they do have very good leagues and national sides."

"Their players are all very good, which will make the ABL very competitive. It will be extremely competitive this year. And playing in the ABL, if you win you're the king of Southeast Asia, a king of Asia. You get bragging rights, be it a win against a Thai team or a Filipino team."

"We're looking forward to the challenge, and playing in the league will only raise the basketball level of Singapore."

amdgc82
08-29-2009, 07:03 PM
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RP team in ABL will be known as Patriots
August 29, 2009, 4:46pm

To show their unwavering love for the country, members of the Philippine team that will see action in the first regional professional league - the Asean Basketball League – will be called as Patriots.

This was announced on Saturday by RP team sponsors Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre and Tony Boy Cojuangco of ABC 5 after a series of consultations with various sectors on how best to improve the image for Filipino players in the international scene.

“We’re very proud of our historical and cultural heritage, so we decided that we take Patriots as our moniker in the ABL,” said Romero. “Just like what the great Ninoy Aquino said, ‘Filipino is worth dying for.’”

Several names were suggested but the “Patriots” submitted by Bandera’s Mike Lee caught the attention of Cojuangco, Romero, and ABC 5 president Bobby Barreiro.

The team’s logo will be formally unveiled on Tuesday which is also the launching of the league at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati.

According to Cojuangco and Romero, team owners and representatives of five other countries that will take part in the home-and-away tournament are also arriving.

Cojuangco believes the league has great potential to become a “big thing” in the region since its primary aim is to produce an Asean basketball hero, create a new rivalry, and promote Asean brands in the market since basketball is acknowledged as the world’s second most popular sport next to football (soccer).

amdgc82
08-30-2009, 09:50 AM
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It’s RP Patriots for Asean tilt
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:57:00 08/30/2009

Filed Under: Sport, Basketball

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine team in the first Asean Basketball League will be called the Patriots, team officials have said.

“We’re very proud of our historical and cultural heritage, so we decided that we take Patriots as our moniker in the ABL,” said Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre, one of the officials of the team.

Romero and Tony Boy Cojuangco of ABC-5 selected the moniker after consulting with various sectors.

The team’s logo will be unveiled on Tuesday during the launching of the league at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati that will be attended by league bigwigs and team representatives.

Team manager Erick Arejola, who has been tasked to form the RP squad, said the lineup has yet to be finalized pending another tryout next week. Cedelf P. Tupas

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08-31-2009, 01:05 PM
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ABL launch Tuesday
August 30, 2009, 6:19pm

History will be made Tuesday as basketball bigwigs of six Asean countries join forces in launching the first-ever professional league in the region – the Asean Basketball League (ABL) – at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati.

Tony Boy Cojuangco of ABC-5 and Dr. Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre, who both represent the country in the board, will welcome fellow owners, officials and several players in the affair that will set in motion the league’s vision – create a basketball hero in the region.

ABL and AirAsia chairman Tony Fernandes of Malaysia, media mogul Erick Thohir of Indonesia, several ranking officials from Singha Beer of Thailand, and officials from FIBA-Asia are expected to arrive Monday to grace the historic occasion.

Highlight of the event is the unveiling of the league’s logo and introduction of the participating teams. Also taking part in the tournament are Singapore and Brunei.

Tournament officially starts next month in Singapore with the Philippine team – to be called Patriots – looms as the sentimental favorite to rule the inaugural staging.

Aside from producing basketball heroes, the home-and-away tournament will also be used as a vehicle to promote ASEAN brands in the market since basketball is the world’s second most popular sport after football (soccer).

Not only it will create job for rising basketball players in the region, but the launching of the league, according to Romero and Cojuangco, is geared towards a new era in sports development and management.

“Aside from creating a venue to our ever growing basketball players, we want to reach out and unite some 600 million South East Asians for a new regional sporting experience,” said Romero.

With the rise of Middle Eastern countries as the new powers in the sport, Romero and Cojuangco said Asean countries need to consolidate their forces, and creating a professional league is just one of the solutions to keep step with them.

“With the victory of Iran over China in the FIBA-Asia championship recently, we need this kind of tournament to further harness the talent of out Asean players,” said Romero.

Meanwhile, Bobby Barriero, managing director of ABC-5, and Erick Arejola, team manager of Harbour Centre, shrugged off the favorite tag on the Philippine team, saying the unique format of the tournament put all six teams in equal footing.

Each team, according to Arejola, will be allowed to have two foreign imports, two ASEAN players, one player with one parent from ASEAN, and seven local players.

“With this kind of concept, no one will have a clear advantage. Even us, we can’t be too sure to win the championship,” said Barreiro.

“While we have an abundance of talented players, we can’t say we can win the tournament. For sure, the tournament is going to be a wide open race,” said Arejola.

Arejola, meantime, announced that RP coach Louie Alas will hold a tryout next week to finalize their line-up.

amdgc82
08-31-2009, 09:42 PM
http://www.espnstar.com
Monday 31st August 2009
ABL ready for launch sir!

espnstar.com's Vincent Lai reports back the latest from Manila on the upcoming launch of the ASEAN Basketball League.

Basketball luminaries of six ASEAN nations gather at the Renaissance Makati City Hotel in Metro Manila as they look to officially signal the beginning of a new era in Southeast Asian basketball.

In addition to the their own local hoop leagues in their respective countries, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore have all contributed in setting up a regional league that will, in no doubt, pour into a simmering cauldron diverse basketball styles, as well as the passion of country-to-country rivalries.

So the newly named Patriots, Tigers, Satria Muda, Barracudas and former NBL team the Slingers are set to do battle in the inaugural professional b-ball league of the region.

Mirroring the Euroleague in the West, the ABL has its own set of rules in terms of its roster makeup and salary caps.

As for playing personnel, teams are permitted two imports of non-ASEAN citizenship, two ASEAN imports, one player with one Southeast Asian parent, and seven local players.

Teams are however, allowed to field a team of all local players if they so wish.

Salary cap issues were not available to the media at press time and may be revealed during the launch on Tuesday, September 2.

The tournament is to be played according to FIBA rules.

Log on to ESPNSTAR.com on Sept. 2 to find out more of the fledgling league from downtown Makati City!

amdgc82
09-01-2009, 09:23 PM
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Basketball: ASEAN Basketball League plans to be Asia's answer to NBA
By Patwant Singh, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 01 September 2009 1852 hrs

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ASEAN Basketball League

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ASEAN Basketball League's launch in Manila

MANILA, Philippines : Asia's answer to the NBA - that's what the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) plans to do.

Launched in January this year, the final teams for Southeast Asia's first professional league were revealed in Manila on Tuesday.

The six teams taking part in the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League are from the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Each team will be allowed two international players, three from other ASEAN countries and seven locals.

A salary cap will be introduced but the top international is expected to earn about US$10,000 a month.

Competition starts in October and will run till February 2010, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Organisers said such a league is long overdue in Southeast Asia, which has a population of about 600 million.

"ASEAN sport has been languishing... A lot of money has gone into it, a lot of effort, but we don't have a lot to show for it on the world stage. So leagues have to be re-looked at and hopefully this league is one way of hopefully transforming and bringing more excitement back into ASEAN sport," said Tony Fernandes, chairman of ASEAN Basketball League.

The teams are pumping in a total of US$10 million to jump-start the league.

Local players will also get a chance to pursue a career in basketball and improve standards.

"We now have in place a few of the local guys who can step in straight away and will play valuable minutes," said Michael Johnson, GM of Singapore Slingers.

The inter-regional competition should also see more fan support, as they cheer for their homegrown stars.

Sanctioned by the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA), youth development is another priority for the teams.

The idea for the league was conceived only 12 months ago. And in two years, the operators hope to expand the league to 20 teams from all 10 ASEAN countries.

And if the formula proves successful for basketball, there are plans to extend the model to other sports like motor racing and even football. - CNA /ls

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09-01-2009, 09:26 PM
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ABL launched with eye on Asia
By REY C. LACHICA
September 1, 2009, 5:29pm

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Asean for now, Asian tomorrow.

That’s the ultimate objective of team owners after launching the first-ever regional professional league – the Asean Basketball League (ABL) – on Tuesday with the aim of bridging the gap between Asian superpowers and those in Southeast Asian region.

Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre and ABC-5 owner Antonio Cojuangco, who co-owns the Philippine Patriots in the home-and-away tournament, believe the creation of ABL came just at the right time as Middle East countries are trying to challenge the dominance of China.

“The ABL is a dream for us, this will bring all Southeast Asian countries under one roof and unite against the best in Asia,” said Romero. “We have already taken the first step which is the launching of this event, the second step is to make this league big.”

Like league founder and chairman Tony Fernandes of Malaysia, Cojaungco was equally enthusiastic about the success of the league.

“With what’s happening in the surroundings, the ABL is a welcome relief to all Filipinos who love sports. This is a new venue for networking and a perfect vehicle to advertise one’s product,” said Cojuangco.

“With the support of these dynamic businessmen, I’m positive the league will do well,” added Cojuangco during a full-packed launching held at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati.

Also gracing the affair were ABC-5 managing director Bobby Barreiro, Indonesian Erick Thohir, ABL chief executive Kuhan Foo of Malaysia, Lee Chung Han, chief finance of Tune Group, Ms. Nadzaty Azma Azeea of Brunei, Wim Reijnen of Thailand Tigers, and Erick Arejola of Philippine Patriots.

Thohir, who is also president of South East Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) emphasized the strong need for this kind of tournament, saying most of Asean countries, including the Philippines, are now far behind in terms of skills and technical know-how.

“In the 60s, the Philippines is always among the best in Asia, now a lot of other countries are now better than the Philippines. With the ABL, we hope we can bridge the gap,” said Thohir.

To keep abreast with other Asian countries, Cojuangco and Romero suggest the league must help in the youth development program of various associations.

During the event, several players were introduced to the media.

The Philippine Patriots, who will be handled by Letran coach Louie Alas, open their campaign against the Indons on October 10 in Jakarta, Indonesia. They will meet next the Singapore Slingers the following week in Singapore.

Aside from producing basketball heroes, the home-and-away tournament will also be used as a vehicle to promote ASEAN brands in the market since basketball is the world’s second most popular sport after football (soccer).

Each team, according to Arejola, will be allowed to have two foreign imports, two ASEAN players, one player with one parent from ASEAN, and seven local players.

To level the playing field, each foreign import should not get more than $10,000.

Filipino players are also allowed to play as import for other countries.

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09-01-2009, 09:37 PM
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ASEAN Basketball League launched in Manila
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 09/01/2009 7:01 PM | Sports

The ASEAN Basketball League was launched Tuesday in Manila as part of efforts to improve the standard of competition in the region.

Indonesia will be represented in the league by Satria Muda Britama, and compete with the Philippines Patriots from the Philippines, The Barracudas from Brunei Darussalam, the Kuala Lumpur Dragons from Malaysia, the Singapore Slingers from Singapore and the Thailand Tigers from Thailand, kompas.com reported.

Each team will play one another three times at home and away and the four winning teams will advance to the finals.

All the games will be held on a Saturday or a Sunday.

Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) president Erick Thohir said the league would help ASEAN clubs raise their standards to be able to compete with other clubs in Asia.

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09-01-2009, 09:42 PM
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Fernandes: This will wake people up
Dato Tony Fernandes is confident that the ASEAN Basketball League will change the sporting landscape of the region.

By Vincent Lai

The ABL chairman was on hand to launch Southeast Asia's new basketball league in Makati City in Metro Manila, and said that if the new competition was successful, the effect may cascade into the other sports of the 600-million inhabited side of Asia.

"If we are successful with the ABL, there are many other sports that can be launched with this format that ASEAN would benefit from, with tennis and even Formula One," said Fernandes in an interview after the launch. "But today's basketball's day, and in years to come, if ASEAN sports is transformed, which it will be, we will all look back to this day and say ‘it was basketball that first did it'."

"I think it's a very big day for ASEAN sport. The region's sport has been languishing, let's be real. A lot of money has gone into it, a lot of effort, but we've not a lot to show for it in the world stage."

"In football, we used to compete with Korea and Japan and do well, but we've languished, so leagues have to relooked at and, hopefully, getting the excitement back into ASEAN sports," added Dato Tony. "Can we be competitive? I really believe we can."

"In the youth level, when I took teams from Malaysia to play Manchester United, they beat the United youth team. Somewhere between youth and professional level, we lose it."

"Maybe it's the competition, maybe it's the lack of competition, maybe it's the lack of quality competition, and hopefully basketball can provide one access and maybe others will come, like football."

The Air Asia founder was also optimistic that the League could expand to twenty teams in three years, but did say that a lot of hard work lay ahead for the newly formed competition.

"A year ago, some people asked ‘can you set up an ASEAN League', and to do it in a year, I'm sure that there would have been a lot of doubts," said Fernandes. "Proof is in the pudding, and when I started AirAsia, everybody asked ‘can you last three months?' I said I didn't know, but one must have targets, and I think ASEAN can certainly have twenty teams, if you look at the size of the region."

"So, let's see, we'll work towards it. Don't want to make too many predictions, let's get it off the ground. Let's get people wanting to watch it."

"The rest is easy."

The Dato then went into the specifics of the ABL, from how much each owner put into the league to each country's situation basketball-wise.

"Each team owner has at least put in a million dollars," said the former managing director of Warner Music Malaysia. "And we at the league have put in two million to get this going. A lot of time, and a lot of heart. And it's very worthwhile coming here today and seeing what we're seeing."

"It's amazing to see six ASEAN countries coming together with the vision of setting up the league. One very senior, the Philippines, and the rest closely catching up. I think Indonesia and Singapore will be the next two and then Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand hot on their heels."

"So it's very exciting with the ‘we're going to help you' et cetera et cetera, I don't think that help will last too long," joked Dato Tony.

The Air Asia Group CEO then turned his attention back to the broader spectrum of regional sports, saying that other sporting-events in the region could benefit from the ABL season.

"This will wake up a lot of people, I think [president of ABC5] Mr. Tony Cojuangco's speech was very poignant," continued Fernandes. "Why did someone from outside of basketball and outside of the Philippines come up with this idea?"

"And I think that there will be many more ideas now. So you'd say ‘if that guy can do it, let's try to do it in Formula One, in football.' Football is crying out for it."

"The only exciting football in ASEAN is the Tiger Cup," said the Slingers chairman. "There isn't anything else to get anyone off their butt and into a stadium. It just takes one person with idea, and then, it will cascade."

"I'm very optimistic that there will be many other championships in ASEAN of a professional nature that are well-run, well-funded and well-supported."

Finally, Dato Tony did not forget the fans, telling those present what supporters of the new teams could expect from the ABL.

"I think fans can look forward to tough competition, high standard of play, exciting competitions at half-time, audience participation, and a chance to travel to watch sport," said Fernandes. "You know, when I grew up, I spent a lot of time in England, and we'll be excited to go off to Manchester at the weekend to watch the world's greatest team in the world, West Ham play."

"Previously where do we go regionally to support our team?"

"Now we can!"

"From Singapore we can go up to Manila and see the Slingers versus the Patriots, go to KL to watch them play the Dragons, go to Jakarta, and for the first time, you can have [regional] fan-clubs."

"Travelling fan clubs going to watch the games. So, not only am I talking about games in Singapore, but I think fans can be part of a club and travel around ASEAN to support their teams throughout the season."

amdgc82
09-01-2009, 09:45 PM
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Tuesday 1st September 2009
It's official, the ABL is for real

ESPNSTAR.com's Vincent Lai reports the latest from the ASEAN Basketball League launch in Makati City, Manila.

And the ABL tipped off, with plenty of pizzazz at the Renaissance Hotel in Metro Manila on September 2, 2009.

In between the ASEAN camaraderie and the flashing bulbs of the numerous photographers present to capture the event, some facts were made known to the media.

For the uninformed, each ABL team will be fielding seven local players, three ASEAN imports (with one needing just ASEAN heritage to qualify), and two international imports. Teams do not have to field ASEAN imports if they have the additional three local players they are satisfied that can perform just as well, like the Patriots of the Phillipines.

A significant point was made at the press conference and that is the salary cap has been set at US$400,000 per season, with the top import being set to be paid in the region of US$100,000. The second top import's salary will be set at US$50,000, with the remaining players splitting the salary amount left according to their discretion.

As for the officiating, the League will be fielding FIBA officials to call the games, giving regional referees a chance to also improve with the new Southeast Asian tournament in place.

Games in the ABL are set to be refereed by neutral crews from outside the host country to ensure a level of fairness to the teams. So, if a game is being played in Singapore, we might have referees from the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia manning the whistle.

Finally, the ASEAN Basketball League is aiming to expand to twenty teams in three years, to have more than one team in certain countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines while teams from Vietnam have also been requesting to enter the ABL for the next season.

The ABL is all set to tip off early October.

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09-01-2009, 10:09 PM
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RP Patriots tipped as favorites in ABL launch
By Julius Manicad
09/02/2009

The inaugural season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) was launched officially yesterday with the Philippine Patriots billed as one of the favorites to win the crown.

Patriots team co-owner Mikee Romero said they have yet to complete their lineup, but floated the names of former PBA Most Valuable Players Johnny Abarrientos and Vergel Meneses as the possible cornerstones of the team along with former Harbour Centre stalwarts VJ Serios, Jerwin Gaco and Chico Lanete.

Former San Beda College slotman Sam Ekwe of Nigeria had been previously mentioned as one of the two possible Western imports, but Romero did not give further details. The 6-foot-9 behemoth is said to have brought his wares to Europe following a brief stint in Liga Pilipinas.

The team will be handled by former national team mentor Louie Alas.

"We are already in the final phase of completing our roster. We’re still holding tryouts because we want to pick only the best," said Romero, who co-owns the team with ABC-5 CEO Tony Boy Cojuangco. "This is such a very promising venture. This is Southeast Asia’s answer to the NBA. Launching it is the first step and making it big is the next."

But it won’t be a cakewalk for the Patriots.

Singapore Slingers, Satria Muda Britama of Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur Dragons of Malaysia, Brunei Barracudas and Thailand Tigers are expected to come up with a good fight, especially now that the organizers have allowed them to tap five imports — two Western and three Asean cagers.

Dragons owner Erik Fernandes said chances are high that Filipinos could be chosen to play as an import since the country is known as the basketball hotbed in the region. So far, only Philippine Basketball League standout Al Vergara is expected to see action as the Slingers formally entered him as one of their Southeast Asian imports.

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09-02-2009, 07:16 AM
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Six-club pro HOOPs launched: ABL to boost regional basketball
By Joey Villar
Updated September 02, 2009 12:00 AM


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Asean Basketball League officials and team owners flash the No. 1 sign during the launching of the regional league at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati. They are (from left) ABL chair Dato Tony Fernandes, RP’s Mikee Romero and Tonyboy Cojuangco, Nadzaty Azma Azeez of Brunei, ABL CEO Kuhan Foo, SEABA chief Erick Thohir of Indonesia, Wira Daim of Malaysia, Wim Reijnen of Thailand and ABC-5’s Bobby Barreiro.

MANILA, Philippines - The ASEAN Basketball League yesterday launched the region’s first commercial league with a home-and-away format put up to develop local talents in the region and at the same time help bridge the gap between the Asian superpowers and those in Southeast Asia.

Six clubs, headed by the Philippine Patriots, will see action in the inaugural season of the league, which came at a time when the Middle Eastern countries have started challenging China’s domination of the sport in Asia following Iran’s title conquest in the recent FIBA-Asia Championship.

No less than ABL chairman Dato Tony Fernandes, entrepreneur and founder of Air Asia, graced the launching of the tournament in elaborate rites at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati City.

“We’re no less than thrilled of this event,” said Fernandes, who was joined by ABL Kuhan Foo and guests of honor Tony Boy Cojuangco of ABC 5 and Lee Chung Han of Tune Group and ABC-5 managing director Bobby Barreiro.

The event is set to unfold tentatively on Oct. 10 in Singapore and would end in January the next year with the Patriots, the Brunei Barracudas, Kuala Lumpur Dragons, Satria Muda BritAma of Indonesia, the Thailand Tigers and the heavily favored Singapore Slingers vying for top honors.

Patriots owner and RP amateur cage godfather Mikee Romero said this is a dream come true for SEA basketball.

“The ABL is a dream for us, this will bring all Southeast Asian countries under one roof and unite against the best in Asia,” said Romero. “We have already taken the first step which is the launching of this event, the second step is to make this league big.”

He added: “We’re happy and excited that we helped ABL become a reality.”

Fellow team owners Erick Thohir (Indonesia), Nadzaty Azma Azeez (Brunei) and Wim Reijnen (Thailand) along with Singapore Slingers’ representative Michael Johnson were also in attendance.

“With what’s happening around us, the ABL is a welcome relief to all Filipinos who love sports. This is a new venue for networking and a perfect vehicle to advertise one’s product,” said Cojuangco.

Also gracing the affair were ABC-5 managing director Bobby Barreiro,

Thohir, who is also president of South East Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) stressed the need for this kind of tournament, saying most of Asean countries, including the Philippines, are now far behind in terms of skills and technical know-how.

“In the 60s, the Philippines is always among the best in Asia, now a lot of other countries are now better than the Philippines. With the ABL, we hope we can bridge the gap,” said Thohir.

The Patriots, who will be coached by Louie Alas, are currently being formed although the likes of former PBA stars Vergel Meneses and Johnny Abarrientos have been mentioned to spearhead the squad.

Also being considered are Virgilio Seriors, Jerwin Gaco and Chico Lanete.

Each team will be allowed to field in a maximum of two international imports or players from outside the Southeast Asia and five reinforcements from within the region.

This early, the five other teams are said to be looking for Filipino players, still considered as the best in the region, to backstop their respective rosters.


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09-02-2009, 07:17 AM
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Asean Basketball League confident of growth in challenging times
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Mikee Romero (top left), coowner of the Philippine Patriots, explains the new league’s concept and later joins organizers, team owners and some of the players in posing before photographers. ROMY FLORANTE

THIS is no six nations championship.

Well, it is, for at least a season.

But several veteran sports league organizers and corporate executives consider basketball as the second-most popular sport in the world next to football, and believe that with 600 million people in the region, the Asean Basketball League (ABL) will thrive.

Of course, rugby’s Six Nations Championship—which, until the year 2000, was known as the Five Nations and decades before that the Home Nations featuring four squads—is a battle among nations and not commercial squads like the ABL.

The clubs from six countries in Southeast Asia get to field five nationals and are allowed to hire imports from outside of the region and players from neighboring countries, including rival nations. Teams play home and away eliminations and playoffs.

That should make the newest cage league—the first commercial basketball competition in the region—more like a small-scale version of the European football leagues.

Several team owners have yet to actually complete their rosters for the first season coming off the wraps in October, but they are confident of the progress that they believe the league will soon be able to expand to a dozen and are envisioning a full lineup of 20 squads—perhaps looking at the model of the premier divisions in the English, Italian and Spanish football.

“This will not be limited to six nations. We’ll try to expand it to as far as 20, probably in two years’ time,” said Mikee Romero, who coowns the Philippine Patriots with Tony Boy Cojuangco.

“This is Southeast Asia’s answer to the big leagues,” he added.

The league, launched on Tuesday in Makati City with top executives of the clubs in attendance, is also looking forward to a world club competition to be organized by basketball’s world governing body, the Federation Internationale de Basketball.

“It is the dream of the association to see some of our members be among the best in the Asian region,” said Southeast Asian Basketball Association president Erick Thohir of Indonesia.

Thohir noted that economy in the region is “okay,” and inspired by the growth of cricket in India, the ABL has high hopes.

He cited an article in a regional magazine which said that in two years, the Indian cricket league is expected to gain revenue comparable with those of the premier football leagues in Europe.

“That’s cricket. Basketball is the No. 2 sport in the world right now,” he said, stressing that with hard work, the sport can reach greater heights as football in the region. Domestic leagues in Southeast Asia, he said, get higher television ratings than the English Premier League.

The games will be shown in the Philippines on TV5. The league is currently also negotiating with international carriers.

The Philippine Patriots will battle it out against The Brunei Barracudas, KL Dragons of Malaysia, Indonesia’s Satria Muda BritAma, the Thailand Tigers and the Singapore Slingers, which competes in the Australian League.

The league was formed in January and will have its first season from October to February with the finals to be held in Malaysia.

The ABL will also have a junior development program for players aged 17 and below.

Imports will have a maximum salary of $10,000 a month. There will be no salary caps for nationals.

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09-02-2009, 07:28 AM
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Singapore Slingers one of 6 teams in new ASEAN Basketball League
Sept. 1
By Les Tan/Red Sports

Manila, Tuesday, September 1, 2009 – The Singapore Slingers was one of six new teams announced this afternoon for the new ASEAN Basketball League tipping off on October 10, 2009.

The other five teams are the Brunei Barracudas, the Kuala Lumpur Dragons, the Philppine Patriots, Satria Muda BritAma (Indonesia) and the Thailand Tigers.

The driving force behind the league is Tony Fernandes, the founder of AirAsia.

“If we wait for politicians and governments to get together, we’ll be waiting for a long, long time,” said Fernandes at the press conference today.

The Malaysian entrepreneur is the chairman of the ASEAN Basketball League and has lined up private business owners in the different countries to set up teams that will cost about US$1 million each to run.

Each team is allowed a maximum of 5 imports – 2 international and 3 ASEAN players. Locals will fill the remaining seven slots on the 12-man roster. There is a salary cap of US$10,000 for the import players.

The league will play from October 2009 to February 2010 on a home-and-away basis. The teams will play each other 3 times and the top four teams will go into a best-of-3 semi-finals. The final is a best-of-5 series.

The league is also looking to develop youth talent and each team will commit time and resources to have a youth development squad for locals.

“The aim of the league is to develop local players who can earn a living from basketball,” said Fernandes.

There are also plans for expansion beyond the current 6 teams.

“We don’t want to be just limited to a 6-team league,” said Dr Mikee Romero, team owner of the Philippine Patriots. “Our dream is to have 20 teams in 3 years’ time. This is Asia’s answer to the NBA – and we are the ABL.”

On hand from the Singapore Slingers were Singaporean players Pathman Matialakan and Hong Wei Jian, the first two local players who have signed contracts with the Slingers for the new season.

“I’m very excited. It’s something to look forward to,” said Pathman, who has played with the Slingers since they set up in Singapore in 2006.

“Instead of playing only 3-4 games a year and having nothing to look forward to, we now have a league.”

Wei Jian was glad to have a contract to play pro ball.

“It’s a load off my back! Finally! Waiting for it!” said Wei Jian, who finished off the season last year for the Slingers with a memorable dunk at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The Slingers have also signed up Filipino Al Vergarra to the roster. Vergarra played for the Slingers last season.

Marcus Ng is the other ASEAN player who will suit up for the Slingers. He is the younger brother of ex-Slinger Darren Ng.

Two Americans have been signed as well and now only one import spot remains unfilled.

The other Singaporean players will be announced when they sign their contracts.

amdgc82
09-02-2009, 07:56 AM
ABL unveils six maiden squads
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:23:00 09/02/2009

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THE PHILIPPINE PATRIOTS CLASH with teams from five other countries fielding Filipinos as imports when the Asean Basketball League (ABL) kicks off its maiden tournament on Oct. 10 in Singapore.

“The obvious benefit of this league is, at least for the Philippines, it provides yet another platform for our coaches and basketball players who have not been able to join the other existing leagues in the country [to shine],” Patriots co-owner and ABC 5 honcho Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco said during the league’s formal launch Wednesday at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati City.

The ABL unveiled the Patriots, the Brunei Barracuda, Kuala Lumpur Dragons, Indonesia Satria Muda BritAma, Singapore Slingers and Thailand Tigers for the first regional professional basketball league.

“We believe that with this league, we can create a higher standard for Asean basketball which can compete with other regions in Asia,” said Erick Thohir, president of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association and BritAma owner.

Each team is allowed five imports, two non-Asians and three Asean players, in the play-for-pay tournament.

“There’s always going to be skepticism, there’s always going to be doubt whenever something new is starting,” said Tony Fernandes, league chair and owner of Malaysian airline AirAsia. “But if you see the heart going into this, I have no doubt this will become Asean’s biggest sport spectacle.”

The Patriots, mentored by former national team coach Louie Alas, plan to field former pro stars Johnny Abarrientos and Vergel Meneses and young standouts like Chico Lanete, Jerwin Gaco and VJ Serios.

“We’re still holding tryouts,” said Patriots co-owner and Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero. “It will be a combination of ex-pros and up-and-coming players.”

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09-02-2009, 08:09 AM
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Asia is ABL’s ultimate target
BY TRINA IBARLE-ORQUIZA

SIX Asean countries that have banded together to form the Asean Basketball League are ultimately eyeing a bigger stage–the whole of Asia.

This, according to the team owners who launched the league yesterday at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati, is the ultimate objective of the pioneering regional professional league that will feature home-and-away games in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand.

Games are set to start on Oct. 10, with the Philippines, to be known as the Patriots, opening its campaign against Indonesia in Jakarta. Up next for the RP team is the Singapore Slingers the following week in Singapore.

This early, the Patriots, co-owned by Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre and ABC-5 owner Antonio Cojuangco, have been installed as one of the teams to beat but Romero chose to look further ahead, saying: "The ABL is a dream for us. This will bring all Southeast Asian countries under one roof and unite against the best in Asia. We have already taken the first step which is the launching of this event; the second step is to make this league big."

Initially making up the RP team are ex-PBA cagers Johnny Abarrientos and Vergel Meneses, Jerwin Gaco, Chico Lanete and Virgilio Serios, with Louie Alas named to call the shots. Tryouts are being held to complete the team.

Indonesia will carry the moniker Satria Muda Britama, Thailand will be known as the Tigers, Brunei as Barracudas and Malaysia as Dragons.

Erick Thohir of Indonesia, the president of the South East Asian Basketball Association, said the league will enable member countries to further improve and contend with the best of Asia.

"In the 60s, the Philippines was always among the best in Asia. Now a lot of other countries are better than the Philippines. With the ABL, we hope we can bridge that gap," said Thohir.

Games will be aired live on ABC-5, with league officials still trying to work out a deal with ESPN to air the games on an international scale.

ABL Chairman and founder Tony Fernandes of Malaysia is confident the league has what it takes, despite the failure of other leagues in the past.

"There’s always going to be skepticism and doubt, but when you see the enthusiasm of the member countries, you will know it will be a success," said Fernandes, who owns Air Asia.

The tourney will also be used as a vehicle to promote Asean brands in the market.

Each team is allowed to have two foreign imports, two Asean players, one player with one parent from an Asean country, and seven local players.

To level the playing field, each foreign import should receive not more than $10,000. Filipino players can play as imports for other countries.


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09-02-2009, 08:23 AM
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RP Patriots tipped as favorites in ABL launch
By Julius Manicad
09/02/2009

The inaugural season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) was launched officially yesterday with the Philippine Patriots billed as one of the favorites to win the crown.

Patriots team co-owner Mikee Romero said they have yet to complete
their lineup, but floated the names of former PBA Most Valuable
Players Johnny Abarrientos and Vergel Meneses as the possible cornerstones of the team along with former Harbour Centre stalwarts VJ
Serios, Jerwin Gaco and Chico Lanete.

Former San Beda College slotman Sam Ekwe of Nigeria had been
previously mentioned as one of the two possible Western imports, but
Romero did not give further details. The 6-foot-9 behemoth is said to have
brought his wares to Europe following a brief stint in Liga Pilipinas.

The team will be handled by former national team mentor Louie Alas.

"We are already in the final phase of completing our roster. We’re
still holding tryouts because we want to pick only the best," said
Romero, who co-owns the team with ABC-5 CEO Tony Boy Cojuangco. "This
is such a very promising venture. This is Southeast Asia’s answer to
the NBA. Launching it is the first step and making it big is the next."
But it won’t be a cakewalk for the Patriots.

Singapore Slingers, Satria Muda Britama of Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur
Dragons of Malaysia, Brunei Barracudas and Thailand Tigers are
expected to come up with a good fight, especially now that the organizers have allowed them to tap five imports — two Western and three Asean cagers.

Dragons owner Erik Fernandes said chances are high that Filipinos
could be chosen to play as an import since the country is known as the
basketball hotbed in the region. So far, only Philippine Basketball League standout Al Vergara is expected to see action as the Slingers formally entered him as one of their Southeast Asian imports.


The Daily Tribune (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20090902spo3.html)

CrossOver
09-02-2009, 08:25 AM
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Pinoys to face tough teams in Asean circuit
By Emil C. Noguera
Wednesday, September 02, 2009

All five teams participating in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) are out to give the Philippine Patriots a run for the money when the first-ever professional league in the region unfolds in October in Singapore.

Besides the Patriots, other competing teams are the Barracudas of Brunei Darussalam, Kuala Lumpur Dragons of Malaysia, Satria Muda Britama of Indonesia, Singapore Slingers and the Thailand Tigers.

The five foreign squads are expected to beef up their lineups as each team will be allowed to have two foreign imports, two Southeast Asian players, one player with one parent from the region, and seven local players.

The Philippines, on the other hand, will be bannered by some former professional players including Johnny Abarrientos and Vergel Meneses, Chico Lanete and Jerwin Gaco.

“We are still holding tryouts to determine the final composition of the team. We are looking for former pro, rookies, and up and coming players to join the team,” said Romero during the ABL launching at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati.

The league aims at cementing the relationship between Asean countries through basketball and developing local basketball talents.

“It’s a dream come true dahil magsasama-sama ang mga Asean countries sa isang liga. This is the Southeast Asia’s answer to the NBA [National Basketball Association], this is the ABL,” added Romero.

Teams will compete in a home and away league format culminating in the playoffs for the Top Four teams.

Tentative schedule of opening is on October 10.

“There will be always skep*ticism and doubt. But with the enthusiasm we got among the team owners, I hope this league will be a huge success and be the Asean’s biggest sporting spectacle,” said ABL Chairman Dato Sri Tony Fernandes.

Romero also disclosed expanding the league to 20 teams in the next few years.

“The formation of ABL is the first step. Our second step is for the league to make it big. We will try to expand the league to 20 teams in two years or so,” he said.


The Manila Times (http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/sept/02/yehey/sports/20090902spo4.html)

CrossOver
09-02-2009, 08:33 AM
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Asean Basketball League updates
By Hector Santos
Sep 1, 2009

Basketball luminaries of six ASEAN nations to gather at the Renaissance Makati City Hotel in Metro Manila today as they look to officially signal the beginning of a new era in Southeast Asian basketball.

In addition to the their own local hoop leagues in their respective countries, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore have all contributed in setting up a regional league that will, in no doubt, pour into a simmering cauldron diverse basketball styles, as well as the passion of country-to-country rivalries.

So the newly named Patriots, Tigers, Satria Muda, Barracudas and former NBL team the Slingers are set to do battle in the inaugural professional b-ball league of the region.

Mirroring the Euroleague in the West, the ABL has its own set of rules in terms of its roster makeup and salary caps.

As for playing personnel, teams are permitted two imports of non-ASEAN citizenship, two ASEAN imports, one player with one Southeast Asian parent, and seven local players.

Teams are however, allowed to field a team of all local players if they so wish.

Salary cap issues were not available to the media at press time and may be revealed during the launch on Tuesday, September 2.
The tournament is to be played according to FIBA rules.


Asia-Basket (http://www.asia-basket.com/Philippines/basketball.asp?NewsID=170851)

CrossOver
09-02-2009, 08:58 AM
Meron na bang website itong ABL? or yung ating team na Philippines Patriot?

amdgc82
09-02-2009, 09:58 AM
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Hoop dreams come true
Slingers one of six teams that hope to be pioneers of a basketball revolution
by Raj Kumar rajkumar@mediacorp.com.sg
05:55 AM Sep 02, 2009

TWO years from now, Singapore's only professional basketball franchise could line up against top clubs from around the world.

Basketball's world governing body, Fiba, hope to launch the inaugural World Club Championships in 2011, modelled after Fifa's current version, which sees the champions of each continent compete in a tournament at the end of every year. The current holders of the football crown are English champions Manchester United.

That will be a huge incentive for the teams participating in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), which was officially launched yesterday in Manila. Six clubs - Brunei Barracudas, KL Dragons, Philippine Patriots, Satria Muda BritAma, Thailand Tigers and Singapore Slingers - will compete in the inaugural season of the ABL and will lock horns starting in October.

The first game will tip off in Jakarta on Oct 10 when Satria Muda host the Philippine Patriots, while the Slingers will take to their Singapore Indoor Stadium home court a day later against the KL Dragons.

Said chairman of the ABL, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes: "It's exciting to know that Fiba have endorsed the ABL. The winners of the ABL can move on to do battle against other continental champions and that will include your top NBA teams.

"So there could come a day when we'll see the Slingers go up against the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics, for example. Wouldn't that be a sight to behold?

"All they have to do is win the ABL, followed by beating the overall Asian champions and they progress to the World Club Championships proper."

Set up at a cost of US$10 million ($14.4 million), each team have pumped in US$1 million and the regular season will comprise 15 home and away games. Upon completion of the regular season in February 2010, the top four will move into a semi-final playoff series, before the Grand Finale.

Each club must have seven local players on their roster and three others from South-east Asia, alongside two internationals. Clubs will have an annual salary cap of US$400,000. According to Slingers general manager Michael Johnson, the top international signing will command a monthly maximum salary of US$10,000, while the second marquee name will be paid a maximum of US$5,000 per month.

Singapore national player Hong Wei Jian, a 24-year-old forward, has signed professional terms with the Slingers.

He said: "It's been my childhood dream to play professional basketball. With the formation of the ABL, I'm fortunate to have that opportunity to represent Singapore. I hope Singaporeans will come and support us as we'll be playing for the country in each and every game."

Various sponsors of the ABL will be announced in the next few weeks along with details of local and regional television coverage. AirAsia are favourites to be the official carrier and Fernandes said: "I'm confident of making money in the first year of the ABL ... And for the fans ... it's a real thrill if you travel with your fellow supporters to another country, root for your team and come home."

The plan is for the ABL to feature 20 clubs by 2011, including teams from Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

For ticketing details of the upcoming ABL season, log on to www.singaporeslingers.com

amdgc82
09-02-2009, 10:09 AM
http://www.espnstar.com
Wednesday 2nd September 2009
Johnson: Our kids will do S'pore proud
Singapore Slingers GM Michael Johnson reckons his local players will one day be neck-and-neck with players from the Philippines.
By Vincent Lai

Johnson hosted the media in an interview session immediately after the launch of the ASEAN Basketball League and was confident that his local boys have the potential to match the regional basketball powerhouses in the near future.

"Yes, I think we will be," said the Slingers general manager. "One of the things we've done over the three years we've been in Singapore is we started to build a foundation for the young and up and coming players."

"Our head coach in these three years has worked with the Singapore national team coach, Neo Beng Seng, who happens to also be our assistant coach."

"And with the Challenge Series last year, once we pulled out of the NBL, when we replaced out international players, we didn't replace them like-for-like; we replaced them with local players," added Johnson. "So they got their first taste of professional basketball, and I've seen them grow and develop in the last three to four months."

"Are we going to be as good as the Filipino team straight away? No, probably not. Their history in basketball is a strong one. They have a lot of talent and are very deep. But these kids will do Singapore proud, they work hard and they learn quickly, they are very intelligent kids."

"So I think they will do Singapore proud."

Johnson was ecstatic with the launch of the ABL, which signaled a beginning for the Lion City side, and a marked departure from the Australian National Basketball League.

"I think that this is a world apart," said Johnson about the difference between the ABL and the NBL. "We're so much more excited about it, the relevance of Singaporeans involved in an ASEAN competition rather than playing in an Australian league where we didn't know most of the places we were playing."

"I think the standard will be good. And I think it's just a bonus for the Singapore Slingers, that something we're aiming for when we first came to Singapore."

"We looked at a five-year time frame, but as our chairman Tony Fernandes said, we didn't have anywhere else to play, so the Australian NBL gave us a very good professional platform to launch the brand in Singapore."

"And now we have the ASEAN League that allows us to spread into the region, where we should be."

However, the former NBL pro did concede that the League's teams will rely heavily on their imports for production in the first few seasons of the ABL.

"That will happen with every team," stressed Johnson. "When you have a competition where you are allowed two international imports, a lot of the teams' positions depend on how good their imports are."

"So they will have the bulk of the responsibility initially, but I think we now have in place a few of the local guys that can step in straight away and play valuable minutes."

Nonetheless, ‘MJ', as he is affectionately called by his players, is brimming with excitement that the league is about to start, and hopes that Singaporeans will turn up to support their fellow compatriots.

"It is, it's something that if you said three years ago that this is the outcome after three years, everybody would have said you're crazy, it can't happen, but fortunately Tony Fernandes is in base, and thing tend to move along quicker with him," commented Johnson in regards to the Slingers paradigm shift.

"This is an opportunity for Singaporeans to come support Singaporeans," added the Slingers GM. "We go from an international team with a few Singaporeans to a Singaporean team with some international players."

"There will be seven local-based players on our roster at all times, and they will play."

amdgc82
09-02-2009, 10:11 AM
http://www.espnstar.com
Wednesday 2nd September 2009
Barracudas ready for fresh bite!
The Barracudas from Brunei are not just entering the ABL just to be there, they will eat up the competition if underestimated.
By Vincent Lai

The Brunei-based side were, just like everyone else, excited to be at the ASEAN Basketball League launch in Makati City in Metro Manila; to announce to the world that the Sultanate now has a professional hoops team to call its own.

"This is the first pro team we have in Brunei, and we did not have any sort of professional setup for the sport before this," said Benjamin Lim, one of the first few signings of the Barracudas. "We are very excited about the launch because we will be the first few people to represent Brunei in a professional basketball tournament."

"We met a few players that we've played before in national championships, but with the rules, the imports, all the countries will be on par."

Xavier Leong, a small forward that also signed with the team as one of its local players, is optimistic that the Barracudas will be competitive in the Southeast Asian league from the get-go.

"I feel that with the [import] rules, the Barracudas will be competitive in the league, as the talent will be quite balanced. There isn't a whole lot of difference between the first and the last team," said the Brunei SEA Games representative.

Team manager Norizah Taylor did add that the Barracudas are still looking to complete their roster, and will exhaust all the avenues within the rules and restrictions to build a winning team.

"As far as the roster is concerned, all the playing personnel are close to being finalized," said Taylor. "So far, these two gentlemen have signed, but the rest of the players are still to be confirmed."

"But Benjamin and Xavier are definitely in the team; they're wearing our shirts!"

"We are most definitely going for the full quota of local, ASEAN and foreign imports, but the main lineup is still to be finalized."

Despite the long road ahead before the team even finalises its roster and starts acclimatizing in the League, Benjamin Lim is eager to get the league match going, such is his desire to start ballin'.

"It's going to be tough, there is a lot of work to be done ahead," said the shooting guard. "I'm very excited, as we have not been playing basketball as our occupation, but at more of an amateur level."

"The pro level is totally different from what we are used to. The difference is already seen in the amount of preparation we put for practice, in how we keep ourselves in tip-top condition."

Xavier Leong is just glad to have signed on to play professionally.

"We've been playing our basketball as amateurs, playing basketball in our free time, join the national side to represent Brunei. Before this I was self-employed, and now I'm a professional with the Barracudas."

Taylor is confident in the players they have now, and is optimistic that they can attract top talent from all over Brunei to don the yellow jersey of the Barrcudas.

"I have faith and confidence in our players," said the team manager. "Compared to the teams that are established two or three years ahead of us, obviously they have much more experience."

"Our two young players here are just entering into the professional level. It will be difficult, but I believe they will do their best and perform to international standards. So we have faith in them, and this is a great opportunity for them."

"The players that we have are at least of national level, as we have to think about what is beneficial for us. The players that we have are not national players representing Brunei, but they play at the national level."

"We have worked with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, and we're also in touch with the Brunei basketball association, so we do get a list of all the national-level players, and we will be doing try-outs in the next two weeks. We do also scout the Sultan's Cup and Rimula Cup for out players."

"As for the players joining us, it is a huge career move for them."

CrossOver
09-02-2009, 11:39 AM
http://www.espnstar.com
Wednesday 2nd September 2009
Johnson: Our kids will do S'pore proud
Singapore Slingers GM Michael Johnson reckons his local players will one day be neck-and-neck with players from the Philippines.
By Vincent Lai

Johnson hosted the media in an interview session immediately after the launch of the ASEAN Basketball League and was confident that his local boys have the potential to match the regional basketball powerhouses in the near future.

"Yes, I think we will be," said the Slingers general manager. "One of the things we've done over the three years we've been in Singapore is we started to build a foundation for the young and up and coming players."

"Our head coach in these three years has worked with the Singapore national team coach, Neo Beng Seng, who happens to also be our assistant coach."

"And with the Challenge Series last year, once we pulled out of the NBL, when we replaced out international players, we didn't replace them like-for-like; we replaced them with local players," added Johnson. "So they got their first taste of professional basketball, and I've seen them grow and develop in the last three to four months."

"Are we going to be as good as the Filipino team straight away? No, probably not. Their history in basketball is a strong one. They have a lot of talent and are very deep. But these kids will do Singapore proud, they work hard and they learn quickly, they are very intelligent kids."

"So I think they will do Singapore proud."

Johnson was ecstatic with the launch of the ABL, which signaled a beginning for the Lion City side, and a marked departure from the Australian National Basketball League.

"I think that this is a world apart," said Johnson about the difference between the ABL and the NBL. "We're so much more excited about it, the relevance of Singaporeans involved in an ASEAN competition rather than playing in an Australian league where we didn't know most of the places we were playing."

"I think the standard will be good. And I think it's just a bonus for the Singapore Slingers, that something we're aiming for when we first came to Singapore."

"We looked at a five-year time frame, but as our chairman Tony Fernandes said, we didn't have anywhere else to play, so the Australian NBL gave us a very good professional platform to launch the brand in Singapore."

"And now we have the ASEAN League that allows us to spread into the region, where we should be."

However, the former NBL pro did concede that the League's teams will rely heavily on their imports for production in the first few seasons of the ABL.

"That will happen with every team," stressed Johnson. "When you have a competition where you are allowed two international imports, a lot of the teams' positions depend on how good their imports are."

"So they will have the bulk of the responsibility initially, but I think we now have in place a few of the local guys that can step in straight away and play valuable minutes."

Nonetheless, ‘MJ', as he is affectionately called by his players, is brimming with excitement that the league is about to start, and hopes that Singaporeans will turn up to support their fellow compatriots.

"It is, it's something that if you said three years ago that this is the outcome after three years, everybody would have said you're crazy, it can't happen, but fortunately Tony Fernandes is in base, and thing tend to move along quicker with him," commented Johnson in regards to the Slingers paradigm shift.

"This is an opportunity for Singaporeans to come support Singaporeans," added the Slingers GM. "We go from an international team with a few Singaporeans to a Singaporean team with some international players."

"There will be seven local-based players on our roster at all times, and they will play."


Sa nakikita ko itong ABL ang official tournament sa SEA na kung alin man sa mga bansa ang mag champion sila ang mag representa sa ating region para sa FIBA Champions Cup if sa 2010 pa ang qualifying round pwede siguro sumali ang RP Smart Gilas hindi ko lang sure if allowed ang naturalized player (2 imports ang allowed) if allowed pwede nilang add iyung plano nila na 1 pang naturalized player (for injured purpose) sa 1st 5 line up.

amdgc82
09-03-2009, 07:02 AM
http://www.espnstar.com
Wednesday 2nd September 2009
Hong: Time to put on a good show
In the midst of the ABL launch, ESPNSTAR.com did manage to catch up with two familiar faces: Hong Wei Jian and Pathman Matialakan.
By Vincent Lai

The Singapore Slingers duo were flown in to Makati City in Metro Manila to be part of the festivities as the ASEAN Basketball League signaled its birth as the only professional competition played around the region.

Wei Jian was able to share a little about his short pro career to this point, while Pathman spoke about his new role with the Slingers in the upcoming season.

"I joined the Slingers for the last two games of the season," said Hong just before the launch. "I had just finished my national service [with the Singapore Armed Forces] during December and was free to join them for what was left of the [Slingers] Challenge Series."

"I joined them as they did not have enough local players on the squad, so I was fortunatec to be there to fill in the numbers."

"I felt lucky to be signed by the team, after a stint with the Singapore Armed Forces side in the local Singapore National Basketball League" added the humble Singapore national player. "This will be my first professional contract, full time. Previously, I was doing part-time coaching while waiting for the contract, but I'm in it full-time now after signing with the Slingers."

Matilakan, in his almost Shaquille O'Neal-esque demanour, gave his assessment about his role in the new look Slingers.

"In the [Australian] NBL, we had ten full-time players and two developmental players. Now I'm part of the main body," said the Republic's only pro basketball veteran. "It's not necessarily a huge payday, but it does have more incentives now, as they want us to perform individually."

"It is incentives according to stats, such as a certain number of points and rebounds in a season. It's customized to every player, as you can't expect Wei Jian to grab ten rebounds a game, for example."

The Singapore national center then touched on his offseason preparations before the start of the ABL season.

"As for the offseason, the owner and the GM have consulted the nutritionist to set our fitness targets for the upcoming season," added Pathman. "It's like after the second season where the trainers sat me down and wanted me to train to get stronger and quicker before our Challenge Series."

"The owners do not tell you to lose weight, they'll leave it to the nutrition department; they will not go like ‘Pathman, I want you to report at a hundred kilos in five weeks.'"
"The management, however, will tell you what they expect, and the players will work to their expectations."

The 6-7 low post banger could not hide his excitement with the start of the Southeast Asian competition drawing near, but was clear that the Slingers' owners and management were expecting more from him is what is to be his fourth professional season.

"Excited. Very, very excited," said Pathman. "It's something to look forward to. Instead of playing them [the ASEAN teams] just twice a year, just friendly matches with nothing to look forward to, now with a league, it's something I relish."

"There is actually a league for us to win, prize money to aim for, standings, bragging rights. It's not like the Southeast Asian games, with seventy percent being local players on our squad in the ABL; it is a league for us."

"It's a fair comment, because it's going to be my fourth year in the pros," continued the former Tong Whye center. "I naturally expect them to have some expectations of me. Without any expectations, there won't be any pressure for me to perform."

"But I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself. Just going to go out there and play, do my part."

Wei Jian, on the other hand, insisted he was not under any pressure in what will be his ‘rookie season' in the pros.

"There wont' be any pressure on my side, just go out and play, that's all," quipped the explosive swingman. "I don't have any big expectations for my performance, just want to play my best and put on a good show for you guys."

mighty_lion
09-03-2009, 08:11 AM
"So there could come a day when we'll see the Slingers go up against the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics, for example. Wouldn't that be a sight to behold?



I hope they are not serious about this. Lakers or Boston by at least 50 points. ;D

amdgc82
09-04-2009, 10:38 AM
http://www.espnstar.com
Friday 4th September 2009
Slingers sign eight more players

The Singapore Slingers have confirmed eight other players who will be representing the Lion City for the ASEAN Basketball League.

The announcement of the launch of ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) in Philippines, Manila earlier this week set the wheel of players' recruitment in full motion for the Slingers.

The first 2 players signed in August 2009 were Hong Wei Jian and Pathman Matialakan. Joining them for the 2009/10 campaign are Desmond Oh Wei Jie and Lim Wai Sian.

Singaporean players Wong Wei Long, Michael Wong Soon Yuh and Steven Khoo Kian Huat will join the team on a part-time basis due to prior work commitments.

The other 3 import players are Kyle Jeffers, Michael LeBlanc (USA) and Al Vergara (Philippines) who also played for the Singapore Slinger's in 2008 alongside Pathman.

"We have revamped our roster going from an International team with a few Singaporean players to a team based around seven local players with some import players.," said Slingers general manager Michael Johnson.

"Singapore will see a hardworking and competitive young side that will play an exciting uptempo brand of basketball."

Basketball enthusiasts in the Lion City can catch a first glimpse of the revamped Singapore Slingers roster in the 2009 Challenge Series from September 18 to October 4 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The ASEAN Basketball League season officially tips off on October 10 after this exhibition series.

amdgc82
09-05-2009, 06:28 AM
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ABL: Showcase for Filipino talent
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THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco
(The Philippine Star) Updated September 05, 2009 12:00 AM

This early, the ASEAN Basketball League is realizing the fanaticism of Filipinos for basketball. The hugely successful launch this week shows the clear intent of the organizers and team owners to make the league big. Deals are already being hammered out with ESPN to provide regional coverage.

A broadcast team is already being assembled by the team owners (some of whom are also television network owners in other member countries) in other member countries, with the help of ABC 5.

In a dinner Wednesday night, the team officials also started to see how much bigger an impact the ABL would have if it tapped more into the intense love for the game here in the Philippines. Of course, the Philippine Patriots will likely have retired icons like Johnny Abarrientos and possibly Vergel Meneses and others in their roster.

But, as the team owners conversed, they acknowledged that the fledgling league would also need certain advantages of the Philippines to help give it an early boost.

The original opening card on Oct. 10 was supposed to be played in Singapore, but it seems probable that it will be moved to the Philippines, instead, to draw a bigger crowd.

Initially, the teams agreed on having two non-Asians (most likely Americans) as imports and three other players from within South East Asia. Now, though, the consensus is that perhaps each team might want to have two Filipino players in its lineup, instead.

“We’re very excited about these developments,” said Patriots co-owner Mikee Romero. “We will be able to give jobs to our fellow Filipinos, and at the same time provide them an opportunity to show their skills internationally.”

Brunei is also inquiring if they could have more than two Filipinos on their team, since they will have some catching up to do, talent-wise.

Other countries are mulling the hiring of Filipino coaches to impart their relatively advanced knowledge of the game.

“I have had Filipino coaches on my commercial teams for years now,” says Erick Thohir, the Indonesian team owner and president of the South East Asia Basketball Association or SEABA. “We’ve had experienced coaches like Nat Canson and Boycie Zamar teach our players a lot.”

The most common question is the sustainability of the league. Romero says there is little to worry about, because the team owners have shown not only their willingness, but more importantly, their capability, to spend on competitive teams.

“We were surprised that at the press conference, they had even flown in their own press contingents,” Romero elaborated. “These are big players in business in the region. And they all want to do well. I don’t think any of them would like losing.”

So far, even the broadcast team is set to have a largely Filipino color.

“The owners were considering having an all-Filipino announcers’ pool, because English will be the language used for ESPN’s broadcasts,” says ABC 5 president Bobby Barreiro. “We proposed having the more senior TV panel members be Filipino, and help announcers from other countries learn from them, since basketball is really our number one sport.”

All this is great news for the Philippines, which will get even more recognition for its all-around passion for the sport of basketball.

amdgc82
09-06-2009, 05:49 AM
In Huddle
ABL launch impressive
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By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:34:00 09/06/2009

IMPRESSIVE! Owners of the newly formed Asean Basketball League personally made an appearance during its formal launching last September l at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati.

Doubly impressive was the fact that about half of the team owners flew to Manila in their own private jets like Brunei’s Nadzaty Azma Azeez, who’s in the electronics and electrical business and is into basketball for the first time.

Though she most likely is Western-educated, since she speaks good English, Nadzaty still wears the traditional Muslim headgear.

Then there’s Air Asia’s Tony Fernandes of Malaysia, who came for the event in a huge, commercial airbus with only a handful of passengers aboard. Tony and his entourage arrived in Manila Tuesday morning and left for Malaysia in the afternoon of the same day.

It was Tony, a mutual friend of businessmen Mikee Romero and Tonyboy Cojuangco, who brought the two together to form a partnership and an ABL team they have dubbed as The Philippine Patriots.

* * *

“They’re so much fun to be with,” said Tonyboy, a pioneer member of the newest billionaire sporting club.

“We only met today and already we’re very comfortable with each other. It’s a fun group.”

Tonyboy owns ABC-5 which used to be the television coverer of the PBA before Solar Sports took over. He said members of the ABL look at the league not only as a sporting activity but also as a venue for business opportunities on the Southeast Asian level.

Tonyboy said ABC-5 would be covering the ABL games for television while his partner Mikee will provide the expertise in forming and running the team.

For the September l launch, the five other teams had brought in their own television crew and print media entourage.

“I’m sure the league will be a success, considering that owners, company CEOs and high-ranking executives are behind the organization,’ said Tonyboy brimming with enthusiasm. With him at the Chinese dinner hosted by Mikee for the ABL delegation was ABC-5’s marketing head Bobby Barreiro.

Word had it that Mikee’s newest business partner in port operations, Manny V. Pangilinan, may also field a team in the future. Each country is allowed to field two teams under the ABL format.MVP was one of the guests at the dinner.

amdgc82
09-07-2009, 05:53 AM
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Barrios wishes A.B.L. good luck
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Written by Joel Orellana / Reporter
Sunday, 06 September 2009 22:19

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Sonny Barrios does not see the fledgling Asian Basketball League (ABL) as a competitor.

In fact, he wished ABL officials good luck as the new league opens shop later this month.

Barrios said he is confident the PBA will remain as the country’s premier sports entertainment despite the creation of the ABL.

The ABL was launched last week in Makati City. Owners of three of the six teams on the regional tournament’s roster graced the occasion—Nadzaty Azma Azeez of the Brunei Barracudas, Tony Fernandes of the KL Dragons of Malaysia and Mikee Romero of the Philippine Patriots.

Top officials of the Thailand Tigers, Britama Indonesia and Singapore Slingers also attended the launch.

The Philippines will be handled by many-time national mentor Louie Alas. The team is still conducting tryouts although one-time PBA Most Valuable Player Johnny Abarrientos is already being eyed to lead the Patriots.

The country had its experience on a domestic league that saw its teams doing a lot of traveling—the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA). The MBA tried to rival the PBA but eventually folded up after five seasons because of financial woes.

amdgc82
09-07-2009, 06:08 AM
TEAM PROFILES

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Team Owner: Ms. Nadzaty Azma Azeez
Team Name: The Barracudas (Brunei)
Stadium: Brunei Indoor Stadium

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Team Owner: Westport & Partners
Team Name: KL Dragons (Malaysia)
Stadium: Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) Stadium

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Team Owner: Dr Mikee Romero & Mr Tony Cojuanco
Team Name: Philippine Patriots (Philippines)
Stadium: Ynares Sports Arena

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Team Owner: Mr. Erick Thohir
Team Name: Satria Muda BritAma (Indonesia)
Stadium: The BritAma Arena

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Team Owner: Basketball Enterprises Pte Ltd
Team Name: Singapore Slingers (Singapore)
Stadium: Singapore Indoor Stadium

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Team Owner: Mr Wim Reijnen
Team Name: Thailand Tigers (Thailand)
Stadium: Nimibutr National Stadium

amdgc82
09-07-2009, 06:10 AM
Meron na bang website itong ABL? or yung ating team na Philippines Patriot?


http://www.aseanbasketballleague.com/

amdgc82
09-07-2009, 09:23 AM
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Three New Members For Team Barracudas, Coach Confirmed
Written by James Kon Monday, 07 September 2009 08:03

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From left, Lim Aik Hock, Miss Nadzaty Azma Azeez, Choo Jung Jian and Benjamin Sim

Bandar Seri Begawan - The final three local players in Brunei's Team Barracudas, that will be representing Brunei in the Asean Basketball league, were revealed last night following an intensive two-hour tryout.

The three local players who impressed assistant coach Wong Yee Chai and made it through the tryout are Benjamin Sim, Lim Aik Hock and Choo Jung Jian.

The three new players will join Benjamin Lim Chee Choun, Xavier Fong Yeh Leong, Esmund Tan Ka Hong and Ho Hee Lee to complete line up of local players.

There are three places for players that are of Asean descent and another two international slots are to be filled in.

Miss Nadzaty Azma Azeez of Everwide Sports Company, the Barracudas team owner, during an interview had confirmed the coach of the team.

She said, "The coach for the Barracudas is Geraldo Ramos of Philippines. He is still in his home country scouting for players for the Barracudas."

With Brunei's Barracudas team scheduled to start its first match on October 14, the team has to be ready and prepared for the KL Dragon.

Miss Nadzaty Azma Azeez said, "No matter what it takes, we must be ready. We have to showcase Brunei basketball on the world stage."

Some twenty local players turned up for the tryout. Also in attendance to oversee the session were Mr Foo Chee Sin and Adam Albert Chu of Brunei Basketball Association.

Miss Nadzaty Azma Azeez thanked the local players for participating in the tryout and will keep their profiles for future reference as the team will need another five players during the off-season to participate in other regional competitions.-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

amdgc82
09-07-2009, 09:43 AM
http://www.bruneibasketball.com
Sunday, September 6, 2009
ABL: Final 3 made it to the battery of Barracudas

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The last three hopefuls who made it to the team with the Barracudas owner Nadzaty Azma Azeez: Lim Aik Hock, Choo Yung Jian and Benjamin Sim.

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The current local players with the owner Naryati Azma Azeez and Team Manager Norizah Taylor.

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CrossOver
09-07-2009, 10:50 AM
http://www.aseanbasketballleague.com/

Thanks sir.
me 1 month pa ang preparation, anu kaya ang komposisyon ng Philippine Patriots? wag na sana nila isali si Meneses & Abarrientos as a player sa assistan coach na lang ;D

amdgc82
09-11-2009, 07:48 AM
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New look Slingers looks to top upcoming inaugural Asean Basketball League
Sept. 10
By Ian Chew

Catholic High School, Thursday, 10 Sept, 2009 – A new look Singapore Slingers outfit kicked off their pre-season preparations for the upcoming Asean Basketball League season with a special clinic for the Catholic High basketball team.

Featuring a line-up of seven home-grown players together with a mix of foreign and ASEAN players, the Slingers organisation looks to reinvent itself by being more relevant to the local crowd.

Yet there is no intention of lowering their basketball standards, despite losing key players such as Eric Sandrin and Darren Ng from last year’s roster.

Said Desmond Oh Wei Jie, one of the seven Singaporeans in the team, “Our target is a top-four finish in the upcoming ABL’s first season, which we think is highly achievable.”

Their cause is certainly helped with the additions of two new American players Kyle Jeffers and Michael LeBlanc, who were unveiled at the clinic.

Fresh from his stint at an Euro basketball league team Langen in Germany, the 2.06m tall Kyle will definitely relish his role at the centre of the Slingers team.

2.02m tall Michael LeBlanc, on the other hand, is no stranger to the Slingers outfit, having top-scored with 27 points for his Malaysia All-stars when playing against the Slingers last year.

Both may prove to be astute signings for the Slingers, especially with the experience of Filipino point guard Al Vergara from last year guiding the team as well.

However, they could definitely do with a greater fan base, which explains their gruelling schedule of community outreach to schools and events in addition to their nightly trainings.

“We hope that we can make the Slingers brand more visible to Singaporeans and get them to identify with us as we are staying for the long-term. A crucial part of our strategy is to make an impact among the youths of Singapore and also for us to hopefully contribute towards the development of basketball in Singapore,” explained JJ O’Brien, the managing executive of the team.

Judging from the reactions of the students, it seemed the Slingers have succeeded.

“I’ve actually learnt more about dribbling skills in this session,” exclaimed Kelvin Wong, a secondary two Catholic High student on the hour-long clinic.

Slingers 2009 Roster(Singaporeans unless stated)
Pathman Matialakan
Desmond Oh Wei Jie
Hong Wei Jian
Wong Wei Long
Michael Wong
Wong Wai Sian
Steven Khoo
Kyle Jeffers (USA)
Michael LeBlanc (USA)
Al Vergara (Philippines)
Marcus Ng (Australia)

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Slingers executive JJ O’Brien getting personally involved in the clinic as well.
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New American signing Michael LeBlanc showing off his dribbling skills.
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Hong Wei Jian, one of the four Singaporeans on a full-time contract.
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Singaporean Wong Wei Long is currently on a part-time contract with the Slingers in view is his upcoming enlistment.
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The Slingers would definitely require the experience of Pathman for the new season, being one of the veterans of the team.
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2.06m tall Kyle Jeffers showed good ball handling skills as well.
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Filipino Al Vergara completes the trio of foreign signings for the Slingers team.
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Community programs like such basketball clinics comprise a major part of the Slingers’ outreach to the community.
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amdgc82
09-16-2009, 06:51 AM
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3 Filipino Imports Join Barracudas
Written by James Kon
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 10:31

Bandar Seri Begawan - Team Barracudas representing Brunei Darussalam in the Asean Basketball league have completed its Asean import line up by recruiting three Filipino players.
The Filipino basketball players in the Barracudas owned by Everwide Sports Company are Francis Kiko Boncay Adriano, Celedon Bondoc Camaso and Leonidez Zapata Avenido.

Under Coach Geraldo Villalon Ramos of Philippines, the Asean-born foreign players in the Barracudas line up are expected to help boost the team with the seven confirmed local players.

Brunei's Barracudas teams are scheduled to start its campaign at the Asean Basketball League on Oct 14 against KL Dragon of Malaysia.-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

amdgc82
09-16-2009, 02:00 PM
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Filipino Coach, Three Barracudas Imports Arrive
Written by James Kon
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 11:34

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Celedon Camaso (6'11") walking out of the arrival hall

Bandar Seri Begawan - With just one month left before the start of the Asean Basketball League, Brunei's Team Barracudas welcomed the arrival of head coach Bong Ramos and three Filipinos import players handpicked to join the team.

Francis Kiko Adriano (6'7") Celedon Camaso (6'11") and Leonidez Avenido (6'8") will be playing a huge part in the Barracudas as the three quotas for Asean imports.

The trio from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will join Brunei's contingent of Benjamin Lim, Xavier Fong, Edmond Tan, Presley Ho and Benjamin Sim. They will start training today.

Head coach Bong Ramos said "the three selected imports are dubbed `swingmen' they are versatile and can play the position of guard or forward in the team."

"Compared with ABL players, all three players whom I have selected are of high calibre. I want players who are interchangeable so that they can easily rotate to different positions in various play," he added.

On the local players, the former Indonesian coach of the year 2003 said, "I haven't seen the local players yet, I only saw their profiles from the information that the owner of the team, Miss Nadzaty Azma Azeez, had sent to me. I will need the local players to put up quality games in the league."

With barely three weeks before Brunei's Barracudas first match on Oct 11 against Singapore Slinger, coach Bong Ramos has his hands tied without a full squad of 15 players.

The slots for two international imports and another five local players have yet to be filled.

" I hope that we can get the confirmation of the two international players by Friday. I heard one of the players is 6'11" while the other guy is 6'8"," the coach said.

Present to receive the players were team owner Miss Nadzaty Azma Azeez, team manager Miss Norizah Harun Taylor, assistant coach Wong Yee Chai and the four confirmed local players.

Miss Nadzaty said, "After loads of research and homework in a short space of time, the management is thrilled to have secured the services of the four Filipinos who we believe can wow the Bruneian crowd with their ability and talent."

"In addition, we have one of the most respected coaches in coach Bong whose experience in coaching at the top level in the Philippines will prove to be absolutely invaluable in ensuring that we not only have a competitive team now but also in assisting to develop our local talent," she added.

On the complete roster of Barracudas team she said, "We hope to complete the line up very shortly and we will announce the names when we have made the final decision."

Brunei's Barracudas with support and assistance from Tourism Brunei under the MIPR, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Department of National Registration and Immigration, will head to Kuala Lumpur to take on KL Dragons three days after their opening game.

The first home game for Barracudas will be on Oct 18 against the KL Dragon.-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

amdgc82
09-16-2009, 04:49 PM
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Tuesday September 15, 2009
KL Dragons to start against Brunei Barracudas
By S. RAMAGURU

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s all systems go for the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL).

The league, featuring six teams owned by individuals, kicks off on Oct 10 in Jakarta and the first match in Malaysia will be held on Oct 14.

KL Dragons are the Malaysian team in the fray. The others are Brunei Barracudas, the Philippine Patriots, Satria Muda BritAma of Indonesia, Thailand Tigers and Singapore Slingers.

“The ABL is in the infant stage and a lot of fine tuning needs to be done on the rules and regulations,” said the ABL chief executive officer Kuhan Foo in a briefing for the local media yesterday.

“But the league will start as scheduled and finish in December with the grand Finals. The strategic plans and the business plans are already in place and we are confident that this will be a lasting event.

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Much to say: ABL CEO Kuhan Foo speaking during a press conference at Boulevard Hotel at Midvalley Monday. — SIA HONG KIAU / The Star

“The owners have assured us that they will stay with the teams even if they do not break even or make a profit in the first year.

“This is good as we can build on the ABL and grow stronger with each passing year. After all, it is a new concept in this part of the world and I am sure we will make it a success.”

KL Dragons will play against Brunei Barracudas in their opening match at the MABA Stadium.

The league take a home-and-away match format and the top four qualify for the semi-finals.

Kuhan said that tickets would be sold for admission to matches and they are priced at a flat rate of RM20 for the KL Dragons’ home fixtures.

“There is a possibility that we may switch the venue of the Malaysian matches to the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil if the response is good,” he said.

“The opening match (of the ABL) on Oct 10 will showcase the Philippines Patriots against the Indonesians. The two countries have a big following for basketball and we hope to see a big turnout for the match.

“We have also been able to get television stations to telecast the matches, including ESPN. Some will be highlights while certain countries will go for a live feed.”

Each club in the ABL must have seven local players and three others from the South-East Asian region. They are allowed to have two internationals and a salary cap will be imposed on them.

Teams have until the end of the month to finalise their line-ups.

Growling.Fish
09-16-2009, 04:56 PM
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Filipino Coach, Three Barracudas Imports Arrive
Written by James Kon
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 11:34

Francis Kiko Adriano (6'7") Celedon Camaso (6'11") and Leonidez Avenido (6'8") will be playing a huge part in the Barracudas as the three quotas for Asean imports.

I wonder how they grew that tall ;D

fujitsu
09-16-2009, 07:02 PM
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Filipino Coach, Three Barracudas Imports Arrive
Written by James Kon
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 11:34

Francis Kiko Adriano (6'7") Celedon Camaso (6'11") and Leonidez Avenido (6'8") will be playing a huge part in the Barracudas as the three quotas for Asean imports.

I wonder how they grew that tall ;D

:o :o :o :P

korn666333
09-16-2009, 09:13 PM
moral boost for their fans i think...hehehe

aircanda
09-17-2009, 01:16 AM
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Filipino Coach, Three Barracudas Imports Arrive
Written by James Kon
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 11:34

Francis Kiko Adriano (6'7") Celedon Camaso (6'11") and Leonidez Avenido (6'8") will be playing a huge part in the Barracudas as the three quotas for Asean imports.

I wonder how they grew that tall ;D


tsk. dapat pala sa NBA na lang sila eh ;D
:o :o :o :P

digitalsuperman
09-17-2009, 06:40 AM
its a marketing strategy....;)

myktristan
09-18-2009, 09:29 AM
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Filipino Coach, Three Barracudas Imports Arrive
Written by James Kon
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 11:34

Francis Kiko Adriano (6'7") Celedon Camaso (6'11") and Leonidez Avenido (6'8") will be playing a huge part in the Barracudas as the three quotas for Asean imports.

I wonder how they grew that tall ;D


tsk. dapat pala sa NBA na lang sila eh ;D
:o :o :o :P



really? that tall? wow.. ;D

kuzma1313
09-18-2009, 09:41 AM
CAMASO (6'5) ADRIANO ( 6'1 ) AVENIDO ( 6'1 ).... thats the true height of those players....

amdgc82
09-18-2009, 04:20 PM
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Ramos to handle Brunei Barracudas
(The Philippine Star) Updated September 18, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Brunei Barracudas will have Filipino Bong Ramos as their coach in the fledgling Association of Southeast Asian Nation Basketball League (ABL).

Ramos, a veteran coach in both the RP and Indonesian basketball circuits, recently signed a one-year contract with the Barracudas with hopes of steering the team to a strong and respectable finish in the ABL – the first professional league in the region.

“We’re not one of the strongest but I hope I could help my new team make it to the Final Four,” said Ramos.

Ramos has tapped Don Camaso and Francis Adriano – former PBA players – as his ASEAN imports and is still in the process of selecting tall American imports that would man the slot.

“We’re still looking for American imports, we want them tall because we would be relying on them most of the time,” he said.

Ramos made his mark in the Indonesian Basketball League where he was named the 2003 Coach of the Year for steering the Aspac team to a quadruple championship that same year.

He went on to become Indonesia’s national coach the same year and during his tenure gave the powerhouse RP team a scare in the 2003 Hanoi Southeast Asian Games.

Before his forthcoming ABL stint, Ramos steered Garuda Flexi Bandung to a third place finish in the IBL early this year and before that the CLS Knights Surabaya to a Final Four effort also in the IBL.

Ramos was also a coach in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association and FedEx in the PBA and was an assistant coach at Talk N’ Text and Barangay Ginebra.

He was one of the first Filipino imports in Indonesia where he suited up for Pelita Jaya in 1988, or seven years after he played for the Mapua team that won an NCAA championship alongside then league MVP Leo Isaac.

In the ABL, Ramos would be pitted against the RP Patriots’ counterpart Louie Alas and four other equally veteran coaches from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

amdgc82
09-18-2009, 04:31 PM
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Friday 18th September 2009
Baylon: The more the merrier

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Coca-Cola Tigers team governor JB Baylon believes that the presence of the ABL could only improve the quality of the PBA.

Baylon was present as the Tigers went through a shoot-around at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in preparation to play the Singapore Slingers in the Challenge Series, which is part of their preseason preparations.

"I welcome [the ASEAN Basketball League]," said Baylon while observing his charges. "In Southeast Asia, the Philippines has the biggest basketball-loving population, so we also have the biggest number of players looking for teams to play."

"So the rights of the ABL teams will be good for the Filipino basketball players, it's going to be good for the sport in Asia, and even the PBA (Philippines Basketball Association) will become far more competitive, otherwise it's going to lose following to the ABL."

"So, to me, I think the more, the merrier."

The team governor also added that The Tigers will be going all out against the Slingers, with the supreme even guaranteeing a bonus if the PBA team beats the ABL challenger.

"I told them we're going to treat this like a regular game; they'll be entitled to a one-game bonus if they win," continued Baylon. "They're going to take this game seriously."

"I think it's a great opportunity to be playing the Slingers, and get out of the country for a change, but rest assured that they will take the game seriously."

Baylon was confident that his Tigers would do better than the eighth position they finished in the Fiesta Conference this season, saying that he is confident that his team is better equipped for the playoffs the upcoming campaign.

"We underwent a major lineup change," stated the man who also is the team's manager and owner. "There are at least seven new players in the team, five of whom are veterans we took from other teams and two are rookies."

"So we hope the changes have made the team much more competitive than we were last season."

"The test of the pudding is in the eating, so we'll see."

"I'm confident we can do better than eighth in the PBA, in the Fiesta Conference, at least since two other teams underwent changes for the worst, so that should at least give us two sure victories," joked Baylon.

"But the ball is round, so you really don't know."

amdgc82
09-18-2009, 05:11 PM
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September 17, 2009
Wimbo Satwiko
Satria Muda Finalizes Asean Roster

With domination of its domestic league well in its grasp, Satria Muda took the next step toward being a regional power when it announced its 12-man roster for the Asean Basketball League.

The five-time Indonesian Basketball League champion will carry nine Indonesian players and three imports into the inaugural ABL, which begins Oct. 10 with a home game against the Philippines Patriots at Jakarta’s Britama Arena.

Satria Muda head coach Fictor Roring demanded his players take a positive approach to the competition.

“Have you read the giant banner in our home ground? It’s written ‘Indonesian champion, Indonesia is the champion.’ The club was established with a winning vision, and we want to bring it to fruition,” Fictor said on Wednesday. “I know it will be hard because the Philippines are considered the best team in the region, but I will not say it is impossible to beat the Philippines.”

In addition to re-signing former player Alex Hartman, Satria Muda added 6-foot 10-inch (2.08- meter) American center Theo Little and Filipino point guard Rensy Bajar. The new additions will join the team later this month.

Fictor said he was confident the foreigners would be able to integrate themselves into the team.

“They are professional players who have experience playing in many countries, so I’m certain they will blend with the boys easily,” he said. “We picked Little as we need a big man and he has an impressive background, while Hartman and Bajar are not strangers to us.”

Little played college basketball in the United States for Arkansas State University from 2003 to 2007 before being drafted by NBA D-League team Anaheim Arsenal in 2008. He played for Saudi Arabian club Al Safa last season, averaging 25 points and 15 rebounds per game.

Bajar has experience with Indonesian basketball, having played for Bhinneka Solo during the 2005 IBL Tournament, during which he was named the Most Valuable Player.

Point guard Faisal Ahmad said the local players were also up for the challenge.

“It’s a good opportunity for us, and I will motivate myself to get higher achievements,” he said. “I want to prove that Indonesia can do better than other countries.”

After opening against the Patriots, Satria Muda will play the Thailand Tigers in Bangkok on Oct. 17 before hosting the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on Oct. 25.

Satria Muda ABL Roster

4. Rensy Bajar, PG
5. Faisal J. Ahmad, PG
6. Wendha Wijaya, PG
7. Amin Prihantono, SF
8. Alex Hartman, SG
9. Youbel Sondakh, SF
10. Theo Little, C
11. Galank Gunawan, PF
12. Bonanza Siregar, SF
13. Rony Gunawan, C
14. Welyanson Situmorang, PF
15. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu, SF
ABL

amdgc82
09-22-2009, 12:17 PM
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
The Barracudas: 7'0" international import Lonnie Jones has arrived.

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Full Name: Lonnie P. Jones
Position: Center
College: Ball State
Height: 7-0
Weight: 228 lbs.
High School: Wallace HS (Gary, Ind.)
Birthdate: November 8, 1979
Birthplace: Gary, Ind.

HIGHLIGHTS

Established Mid-American Conference and Ball State career blocked shots records with 301 rejections.
Finished senior season 21st in nation in blocked shots (2.6 bpg).Total of 89 blocks set new school single-season record.
Started 51 of final 53 games of his career.
Ranks eighth in school history in career rebounds.
Owns Ball State’s first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-best single-season block totals.
Averaged 2.5 rejections for his career.
At the 2002 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, averaged 9.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots.


AT BALL STATE

Missed only one game of senior season (Central Michigan, sore knee).
Topped team in blocks and was second in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and fourth in scoring.
Also led conference in blocks and defensive rebounds (116, 3.4 drpg).
Rejected four or more shots in 12 different games.
Tied career-high with seven blocks against Buffalo.
Posted double-double against Indiana, scoring 10 points and hauling in 11 rebounds to go with two blocks.
Scored season-high 15 points vs. IPFW.
As a junior, averaged 25.8 minutes while starting the final 18 games of the season.
Scored in double figures 14 times and reached double digits in rebounding six times.
Recorded three double-doubles.
Notched three or more blocks 13 times.
Scored career-high 23 points against Marshall.
As a sophomore, was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week two times.
Topped team in blocks and field goal percentage and paced MAC in blocked shots while ranking 14th in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and 14th in defensive rebounding (128, 4.1 drpg).
Led team or tied for team lead in rebounding seven times.
Tallied at least four blocks 10 times.
Rejected career-high-tying seven shots against both Western Michigan and Miami University (MAC Tournament Championship Game).
Scored season-high 18 points against Western Michigan in regular season finale.
Averaged 14.5 minutes as a freshman.
Led team and MAC in blocked shots.
Posted his first career double-double against Buffalo with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Had six games with four or more blocks, eight games with three or more rejections, 16 with two or more and 20 with at least one.
Upped rebounding during league games to 5.1 rpg, compared to 4.3 rpg overall.


Source: NBA.com

amdgc82
09-22-2009, 12:29 PM
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Barracudas: Welcomes Head Coach and 3 Asean Imports.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Just a month away from their opening game in the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League, the Barracudas yesterday welcomed their head coach and trio of Filipino imports who arrived in Brunei determined to prove their worth to the first-ever professional team in Brunei Darussalam.

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Headed by coach Bong Ramos, the threesome of Francis “Kiko” Adriano 6'2", Celedon “Don” Camaso 6'6" and Leonidez Avenido 6'2", have all had plenty of experience under their belt plying their trade in the top professional league in the Philippines, the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) and are now ready to lead the Barracudas to glory.

Present at the Brunei International Airport to welcome the quartet of Filipino talent were team owner Ms. Nadzaty Azma Azeez of Everwide Sports Company, team manager Ms. Norizah Harun-Taylor, assistant coach Mr. Wong Yee Chai as well as the Bruneian players on the Barracudas roster.

Ms. Nadzaty was delighted to have secured the services of the four Filipinos saying,

“We did a lot of research and homework in a short pace of time and the management is absolutely thrilled to have secured the services of three players who we believe will wow the Bruneian crowd with their ability and talent”.

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“In addition, we have one of the most respected coaches in Coach Bong whose experience in the coaching at the top level in the Philippines will prove to be absolutely invaluable in ensuring that we not only have a competitive team now but also assisting in developing our local talent.”

”We hope to complete the line-up very shortly indeed and will introduce the names when we have made the final decision,” added team owner Ms. Nadzaty.

Brunei’s Barracudas with the support and assistance from Tourism Brunei (MIPR), Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Immigration and the National Registration Department, shall endeavor to promote professional sports in Brunei Darussalam in this high profile ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), being the first ever professional league in South East Asia.

The Barracudas will open their season away to one of the league favorites Singapore Slingers on October 11 before making the short trip to Kuala Lumpur to take on the KL Dragons just three days later.

The first chance for Brunei basketball enthusiasts to catch their team in action will be on October 18 against the KL Dragons also in a return match-up.

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09-22-2009, 12:33 PM
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Barracudas need to improve, says Filipino coach
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Sunday, September 20, 2009

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Ramos: The new coach of Barracudas
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THE Barracudas will kick off their campaign in the ASEAN Basketball League next month and head coach Bong Ramos needs to double up his effort to make sure that they win against Singapore Slingers, the 2008 Brunei Cup champions.

Ramos, a seasoned coach from the Philippines, arrived here last Wednesday and started to work the next day.

"There are a lot of things to work on the team especially for the locals," said the 48-year-old Ramos after holding his first training session with the team at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat.

"When I have to pull out the imports, I definitely will have to rely on the locals. I expect the locals to be involved on defence. I can't force them to give me points," explained Ramos.

"We started out on defence and I saw that's one area we have to improve," added Ramos, who brought with him Filipino players Francis Adriano, Celedon Camaso and Leo Avenido, who are joining the Barracudas as imports.

"Basketball is about a game of habit. I told my players not to be afraid of making mistakes. Nobody is perfect. What's important is for them to stay with the system and trust one another," added Ramos.

"I also observed during the shooting drill that their movements weren't on par. I hope the team will be ready when the ABL starts," said Ramos.

"The fitness level of the team has to be improved. I want them to be positive, I know that they can do it. Practice won't make us superstars overnight. What they need is experience which is a long process," he said.

Ramos started out as a player 21 years ago playing for Purefoods when the team was still in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League. Ramos played in Indonesia as an import from 1988-1991.

His coaching career started in 1995 as assistant coach for the Mapua Institute Technology, the same school where he earned his engineering degree in 1985. After one month as assistant coach, he was appointed head coach.

Ramos coached the Aspac team of Indonesia in 2002 and became the national team coach the following year.

He returned to the Philippines in 2004 and was named assistant coach of Ginebra San Miguel in 2005. After six months, he was appointed head coach of FedEx in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) where he coached for one conference. He moved to Talk n' Text as the assistant coach behind Philippine national coach.

Ramos went back to Indonesia last year to coach the CLS Knights in Surabaya. He also handled the Garuda team for two months before accepting the coaching job with Barracudas.

The Brunei Times

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09-22-2009, 12:41 PM
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Barracudas acquire American import
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

AMERICAN Lonnie Jones promised to do his best as one of the two American imports tapped by Barracudas for the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) starting next month.

Barracudas will be playing against dangerous Singapore Slingers in their opening game the ABL, the first professional league in the ASEAN region, on October 11.

"I'm looking forward to help the team get better," said the 29-year-old Jones after attending the team's practice yesterday at the Brunei Basketball Association court at Batu Bersurat.

With less than a month before their opening game, Jones stressed the importance of making the team competitive for the tough challenge ahead in Singapore.

"I got here really late last night (Sunday). I went to bed straight away so I haven't got to see anything yet. But looking at how my teammates play, they seem good," said the centre from Gary, Indiana.

"The important thing is to get some games together and be ready for our first game," added Jones, who is known for his defence during his stint with the Ball State Cardinals.

Jones holds the Mid-American Conference and Ball State career blocked shots records with 301 rejections and ranking eighth in school history in career rebounds. The American also owns Ball State's first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-best single-season block totals bringing his average number of rejections to 2.5 per game. He also played in Mexico, Spain, Cyprus, Venezuela and US.

Barracudas coach Bong Ramos from the Philippines said the height of Jones is a plus factor for the team.

"His (Jones) will definitely help us in rebounding. The other players are very motivated with inclusion of a big man," said coach Ramos, who also coached the Indonesian national team.

"Hopefully, with our new player we will be able to get better," said the 48-year-old Ramos. "But what we really need before our ABL campaign are tune up games."

Also playing for Barracudas are Filipino imports Francis 'Kiko' Adriano, Don Camaso and Leo Avenido, and locals Benjamin Lim, Xavier Fong, Esmond Tan, Presley Ho and Benjamin Sim. Another non-ASEAN player will be arriving this week to complete the lineup.

After Singapore Slingers, who have won the Brunei Cup last year, Barracudas will be facing KL Dragons on Oct 14 in Malaysia.

The Brunei Times

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09-22-2009, 12:53 PM
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Singapore Slingers give local basketball fans much to cheer about with their first pre-season victory
Sept. 21
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Singapore Indoor Stadium, Friday, September 18, 2009 – Basketball fans got a taste of what is to come during the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League season with the new-look Singapore Slingers captivating fans with a comfortable 93-85 victory over the Coca-Cola Tigers.

The Slingers were missing American Michael LeBlanc and Singaporean Wong Wei Long but the rest of the team more than made up for their absence. Al Vergara was the hero for the local side with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists as he led the scoring for the Slingers. Hong Wei Jian also contributed 12 points while Kyle Jeffers added another 14.

Slingers’ guard Desmond Oh said after the match, “Al Vergara was the best player for our team today. When we needed to pass the ball, he was there. When we needed to score, he came through as well.”

Despite a slow start, the Slingers were extremely impressive during the first half with foreigners Kyle Jeffers and Al Vergara linking up well. Vergara also got the crowd going with a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.

Although they allowed their larger opponents back into the game in the third quarter, the home team held out for the victory.

From the fans’ reaction, they are loving the all-intense action on the court.

Carrie Soo, winner of the Red Sports corporate box seats, was pleased with the Slingers’ performance.

“The Slingers were excellent! They stood out for the first two quarters, but I believe they got a bit tired in the third quarter. The Singaporean players were also impressive.”

Even Botak Jones owner and Detroit Pistons fan Bernie Utchenik was at court side to witness the Slingers’ first game of the pre-season. It was also his first Slingers game.

“It is the first game for the Slingers (of the season) so it is expectedly a bit rough, but from the look of things, they are playing well. There are a few go-to guys to rely on and they have the makings of a good team. Jamal Brown stood out for me, but I would like to see more movement from (Kyle) Jeffers and Pathman Matialakan.”

He also commented on the new ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

“The ABL is a great idea! It gives Singaporeans something to be proud off instead of Liverpool or Manchester United. It would be great if they could be publicised more so the heartlands would know all the names of the players.”

The neutrals also thought the Slingers were the better team on the night.

“The Coca-Cola Tigers played well, but the Slingers are outstanding!” said Zoh Yew Itua, a Singapore Polytechnic student. “Jeffers [was] the best player on court and it seems like the Slingers’ plans were well executed.”

While fans were glad with the Slingers’ performance, Desmond Oh felt there was much more to be desired from fans.

“The fan support could definitely be better. Hopefully, as the season goes on, more people will support the team.”

The Slingers will next play Smart Gilas Pilipinas, the Philippines national team developmental squad, in their second match of the pre-season. So come down to the Singapore Indoor Stadium to support the Slingers on Wednesday, 23rd September.

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09-28-2009, 05:24 PM
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Now Tony brings in GE money for Asean Basketball League
By Lee Wei Lian

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 — Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, chairman of the Asean Basketball League (ABL), announced today US multinational GE as the ABL title sponsor for the 2009/10 season.

He denied speculation however that GE is coming on board as a sponsor for his Lotus F1 team.

“I have not talked to GE about F1 and I don’t think we will,” he said at a press conference.

“GE was the one who believed in us and took a leap of faith when we started Air Asia and no banker would even serve us coffee,” said Fernandes, who is co-founder of Air Asia.

GE had leased the first two planes to Air Asia, which now has over eighty planes.

The ABL is the first international basketball league in South East Asia launched in January this year.

“GE is a great believer in Tony and his leadership. We invest in people and vision,” said Chairman and CEO of GE Jeffrey Immelt.

He said that the ABL would be a good fit for its Healthymagination initiative which aims to deliver health care at lower cost globally.

“We are pleased to support this new sports development program for ASEAN which has 550 million people and an important market for ASEAN,” he said.

The sponsorship is for three years but Fernandes declined to disclose the amount.

GE is a diversified US multinational involved in a variety of industries including aircraft engines, financial services, healthcare and television programming.

ABL is a collaboration between Fernandes, an Indonesian entertainment company, and the South East Asian Basketball Association.

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09-28-2009, 10:46 PM
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Southeast Asian basketball league set for launch
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The first pan-ASEAN professional basketball league was officially launched Monday.

Malaysian aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes spearheaded the league's formation and hopes to boost the sport in the 10 countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The ASEAN Basketball League will feature six professional teams from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand and stretch from October through February. Organizers announced that the opening match between Indonesia's Satria Muda BritAma and the Philippine Patriots will be played in Jakarta on Oct. 10.

Basketball is not very popular in most ASEAN countries, and only Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore already had professional teams, organizers said. All have national teams. Singapore entered a team in Australia's National Basketball League but withdrew after last season for financial reasons.

"I think that there is a lot of skeptics out there ... (but) this is a watershed moment for ASEAN sports," said Fernandes, who heads regional budget carrier AirAsia.

All teams will compete in a home and away league format with knockout stages until the final. The first Kuala Lumpur game is on Oct. 14 with the KL Dragons playing the Brunei Barracudas.

The Singapore Slingers and the Thailand Tigers are the other two teams. Fernandes said he hoped more Southeast Asian squads will join the league in 2010 to eventually expand it to some 20 teams.

He said the startup capital is roughly $10 million and U.S. company General Electric was the title sponsor for the next three years.

ASEAN's other members include Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

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09-28-2009, 10:50 PM
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Six Teams To Feature In Inaugural ABL

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Sept (Bernama) -- Professional teams from six countries would feature in the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) to be held from October to February.

The six teams comprise KL Dragons from Malaysia, Brunei Barracudas (Brunei), Satria Muda Britama (Indonesia), Philippine Patriots (Philippines), Singapore Slingers (Singapore) and Thailand Tigers from Thailand.

Organisers announced today that the opening match between Indonesia's Satria Muda BritAma and the Philippine Patriots would be played in Jakarta on Oct 10.

"For a start, six teams will kick of the ABL, but we are targeting for 20 teams to compete in a few years time.

"Though the number of teams participating in small, we have decided to go ahead and start the league instead of just waiting for other teams to register," said ABL chairman Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes after announcing General Electrics as one of the sponsors for the ABL, here Monday.

Tony said though teams from outside Asean, like Japan and Australia had also expressed interest in the ABL, the target of the ABL was to see all Asean countries being represented in the tournament.

"It has been a long-time dream of mine to unite Asean under a single banner of sports, and with the ABL, it will bring a whole new era on how sports is organised and marketed in this region," said Tony who is also the Air Asia supremo and Team Principal of the Lotus F1 outfit.

He said basketball was a very exciting sport and had vast potential as Asean has a population of more than 600 million.

Meanwhile, KL Dragons owner Datuk Wira Dani Daim said his team has targetted a top four finish and had roped in two players from the United States to beef up the squad.

"We have already signed Jamal Brown and in the midst of getting the services of another player. The rest will be local players while National coach Goh Cheng Huat take charge of the team," he said.

The ABL, similar to the well-known United States' NBA League and the EUROLeague Basketball, would provide the winner an opportunity to compete in the international Basketball Federation (FIBA) competitions.

-- BERNAMA

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09-30-2009, 02:05 PM
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Pilgrim's arrival completes Brunei Barracudas roster
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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AMERICAN MICHAEL PILGRIM OF BRUNEI BARRACUDAS

THE Barracudas have finally completed their roster for the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) with the arrival of American import Mike Pilgrim (picture).

Pilgrim, who stands 6ft 9in, will be joining seven footer compatriot Lonnie Jones and three Filipino imports in the Barracudas' title campaign in the first professional league in the ASEAN region which will start on October 10 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Barracudas are scheduled to play league favourites Singapore Slingers on October 11 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Pilgrim, a native of Ohio, is excited to play for the Barracudas. It is also his first tournament in Asia.

"I think is a good opportunity since it is a new team and a new league. This is definitely going to be a great year for me as I really want to be part of this team," said Pilgrim after attending his first practice session with the Barracudas yesterday morning.

"I think that coach Bong (Ramos) is great as he has been around for so long and it's good that he's patient with me while I'm still adjusting to the team," added the 25-year-old, who was named Louisiana Newcomer of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association early this year.

Pilgrim also received the All-Louisiana Honorable Mention award and was named to the All-GCAC (Gulf Coast Athletic Conference )1st Team this year.

Pilgrim played for Cincinnati from 2003 to 2005 in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). After that, he played for Seton Hall from 2005 to 2008. He played for LSU-Shreveport in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics before moving to the Barracudas.

"He's going to make us bigger in size with both his inside and outside presence," commented Jones on his compatriot. "The team is working and getting better. We're still trying to gel but it will take time since it's a process."

Ramos was impressed with Pilgrim. "I believe we got the right import. He has plenty of potential but we'll have to see since this is only the first training. He's still tired from a long flight but he's a versatile player who can play any position."

The Barracudas coach was also relieved for finally completing the roster as the team only has 11 days to practice before the Singapore match. "I'm glad that we have completed the roster but that doesn't mean that we already can beat the Slingers. We need to be ready for that."

Ramos also noted the improvement of local players and stressed the importance of tune up games.

The other members of the Barracudas are Filipino imports Francis 'Kiko' Adriano, Don Camaso and Leo Avenido, and locals Benjamin Lim, Xavier Fong, Esmond Tan, Presley Ho, Benjamin Sim and Lim Aik Hock.

The Brunei Times

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10-01-2009, 09:24 AM
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Local players impressed with Filipino coach
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Thursday, October 1, 2009

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FILIPINO coach Bong Ramos must be doing a great job for the Brunei Barracudas that most of the local players are impressed with his style.

The Barracudas have been practicing for the last two weeks at the Batu Bersurat court in preparation for the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), which will start on October 10 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Barracudas will kick off their campaign in the region's first professional league against dangerous Singapore Slingers on October 11 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Esmond Tan, the most veteran Bruneian in the Barracudas line up, gave the 48-year-old mentor a thumbs up.

"I feel that I am getting better under coach Bong. I can see myself getting fitter day by day since we started practising," said Tan, who has been playing for the national team for eight years.

"The plays that coach Bong teach are simple and easy to understand. He focuses more on defence which is important in the game," added the national team captain.

Tan also noted that even the drills they use during practice sessions were better.

"I've learnt my basics before but the drills that we're going through under coach Bong are very good. For me, the drills are interesting, something that I haven't done in a long time. The training is definitely a very good way for development towards my personal skills," said Tan.

Tam pointed out that Ramos also managed to change the attitude of local players.

"Coach Bong is a good motivator. He was able to change the mindset of the players by making them work hard," he explained.

Xavier Fong shared Tan's opinion about the Filipino coach.

"Our training is very good. Coach Bong's training is really a test of skills and it has helped me improve as it is something new," added Fong.

Fong said the national team will benefit from a coach like Ramos.

"Coach Bong can help develop the young players in the team. Looking at our very own (Soon) Kian Leong, who has improved since he joined the training," said the player who comes from the Belait District.

Benjamin Lim, for his part, admired the knowledge of Ramos.

"I think that coach Ramos is very knowledgeable. We really need to work hard in order to impress him," said Lim.

"In terms of personal skills especially on defence, I know that my game has improved."

Lim also praised Ramos for bringing in the three Filipino imports.

"The Filipino players who coach Bong brought in are very good. They are older than us but their fitness is a lot better. We really have to work on our endurance so we can keep with them," said Lim. (YCL04)

The Brunei Times

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10-01-2009, 09:27 AM
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Filipino imports excited to play for Brunei Barracudas
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Thursday, October 1, 2009

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Reinforcement: Filipino players Leo Avenido (Top), Don Camaso (Middle) and Francis Adriano (Above) will try to help Brunei's campaign in the Asean Basketball League.Pictures: BT/Rudolf Portillo

WITH a little over a week left before their first game in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), the three Filipino imports of the Brunei Barracudas are excited to show their hardcourt brilliance when they play tournament favourite Singapore Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Veteran players Leo Avenido, Don Camaso and Francis 'Kiko' Adriano, who all played in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), arrived with coach Bong Ramos September 15. Their mission is to help the Barracudas, the Sultanate's first professional basketball team, perform well in the ABL.

The ABL, the region's first professional league, will kick off on October 10 in Jakarta, Indonesia and the following day, the tournament will hosted by Singapore Slingers, who will be the biggest test for the Barracudas.

Avenido, standing at 6ft 2in, who is a player in the guard position, will help to control the ball and set the tempo for the team.

"I think that the team still needs improvement.. at least that's what coach Bong said. We will do this as a team and we as imports are here to help out," said Avenido.

"But the main reason why we're playing here is to increase the talent of the local players," added the 31-year-old.

Avenido started out playing basketball on a competitive level at 1998. He was named the rookie of the year and named to the Mythical 5 team in 1999 while playing for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

He entered the PBL in 2001 and was named the rookie of the year playing for Pharmaquick. He moved on to the PBA in 2002 playing for the Coca-Cola Tigers till 2004 before moving to Talk n' Text from 2005 to 2007. His career continued with him landing in Air21 before moving back to play for the Coca-Cola Tigers in 2008 until present.

Camaso, who is the tallest of the Filipino imports, stands 6ft 6in. He is the 1998 ABC-PBA and PBA slamdunk contests champion.

"I'm feeling good and excited as this is my third time here. I really like the place as it is very peaceful," commented Camaso on his take on Brunei.

When asked on what he tthinks of the Barracudas, Camaso replied, "I would like to help this team improve especially help out at the defensive end since I've got height.

"Hopefully I can get a smaller guy to guard so that it gives me an advantage," joked Camaso.

The 36-year-old started out his career in the PBA playing for Talk N' Text in 2000 until 2003. He was then traded to the Alaska Aces where he stayed for a year. His career continued with the Purefoods Chunkee Giants where he played from 2004 to 2006 before landing himself to play for the Red Bull Barako until 2008 before coming to Brunei to play for the Barracudas.

Adriano, standing at 6ft 2in, is a player known more for his defensive stops while playing in the PBA.

"It was when I played for the San Miguel Beermen that we had a lot of scorers on the team. So I had to do the little things such as hustle and defensive stops," said Adriano.

"But when I played for Red Bull, it was different as we could do almost what we wanted as long as we stayed with the system," added Adriano who is better known as Kiko to his teammates.

When asked on what he can say about Brunei, Kiko replied, "It's my first experience coming here but it's all good so far."

The 34-year-old feels that the team still needs time to develop prior to the competition. "The areas that I think need the most improvement in the team is our defence and also probably our one-on-one skills," said Adriano.

"I think that the local players here just need more time to develop. Best is probably to have a long term programme to start from young." said Adriano.

"I also observed that basketball here is more of a past time as if playing for fun compared to the Philippines where everyone gets competitive. Any aspiring player wants to join the professional league," opined Adriano.

Adriano got his first championship in the PBA with the Sta Lucia Realtors in 2001 where he played till 2004.

He moved on to play for the San Miguel Beermen in 2005 where he captured another championship with the team. His last team before coming to Brunei was to play for the Red Bull Barako where he was teammates with Camaso from 2007 to 2008.

The Barracudas will be playing their first game to the delight of the home fans on October 18 against the KL Dragons.

The Brunei Times

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10-01-2009, 09:35 AM
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Wednesday 30th September 2009
Singapore Slingers 72-77 Ginebra Kings
Defence wins games and the Ginebra Kings brought plenty of it as they edged out the Singapore Slingers 77-72.
By Vincent Lai

Small forward Mark Caguioa top-scored for Ginebra with 24 points, with the athletic guard Ronald Tubid adding 15 points and six rebounds.

Kyle Jeffers led the Slingers with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Michael Leblanc, making his Challenge Series debut, added 19 points and 12 rebounds of his own.

Ginebra started the game swarming on D, clogging up the lanes, closing the channels and helping each other on the perimeter.

Every time Singapore guards Al Vergara or Hong Wei Jian drove into the paint, the smaller lineup of the Kings descended on the invader, often coming up with a steal or deflection.

The defence fuelled their running game, leading to easy points on the break. Mark Caguioa led the Kings with seven points in the first period.

Singapore had a harder time coming by points in the half-court set, but still managed to score through Kyle Jeffers and three-pointers from Vergara, Wei Long and Wei Jian, led to a 19-17 finish of the first quarter, advantage Ginebra.

The Slingers' usual surge at the beginning of the second quarter failed to materialise as the Kings continued to clamp on defence. Ginebra managed to continue their first quarter lockdown as Singapore were shackled for a good five minutes.

However, Ginebra's enthusiasm on the defensive end may have been a two-edged sword, as Enrico Villanueva picked up two quick fouls that led to the Kings' faithful jeering in unison. Hong stepped up sank a smooth trey after Villanueva's infraction.

The teams then exchanged baskets as Ginebra began to tire and the Slingers finding their range, the opposite of their game with the Smart Gilas Pilipinas.

However, the Kings did not panic after going behind a Vergara go-ahead three with three minutes to go, their veteran savvy showing as they worked the rock round the perimeter to find Caguioa open for a trey.

The Slingers went into halftime with a 40-34 lead, behind Leblanc's efficient 14 points in the second period on 75% shooting, all within the offence without a play called for him.

Singapore returned to the floor with an emphasis on slowing down the game, running the offence through Jeffers as the Slingers tried to cut down on their turnovers. Jeffers scored six points in the third.

The Kings countered by giving Eric Menk, Billy Mamaril and Ronald Tubid license in the post. With Tubid lighting up Michael Wong for eight points as the quarter wore on.

Ginebra also relied on Villanueva for the third, as the burly forward went to work.

Slingers coach Frank Arsego was forced to call a timeout with two minutes to go in the third to cool off Tubid's offensive explosion, and also inserted Vergara back into the game.

‘Big shot' Al return to the game paid instant dividends as he drilled a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 54-53, and he ran Singapore's offence to perfection as he found Marcus Ng on a backdoor cut to give the Slingers the lead.

Ng was fouled on the final possession of the third quarter and sank both freethrows to give the Arsego's men a 57-54 lead.
Kings coach Jong Uiohico called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left to draw a play for a buzzer beater, but Ronald Tubid missed the half-court fling by just a little.

Ng came to life in the fourth, as he starting taking the ball to he hoop to lead the Slingers on the charge. Singapore's ASEAN heritage player also drew a charge on Tupid, much to the ire of the Kings and their fans.

The offensive foul may have lit a flame under Ginebra as they roared back into the game, revving up their defence as they feasted on Singapore's turnovers to lead 73-65 with less than five minutes to go.

Singapore was down 75-70 with 23 seconds left when Kyle Jeffers received the ball in the post. The Slingers center took the ball to the basket, but was pummeled in the back by Kings point guard Celino Cruz as he went up for the shot. Words were exchanged and a fistcuff almost broke out but both teams quickly put it out. Jeffers missed the ensuing freethrows.

The Slingers started fouling to stop the clock after Jeffers' missed pair but they could not close the gap as they fell 77-72 in the end.

amdgc82
10-02-2009, 09:23 AM
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Friday, October 2, 2009

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AMERICAN import, Mike Pilgrim, has made Brunei's Barracudas a better and tougher team with his height and size.

This was evident in the team's first tune-up game with a complete roster against Linktech, the 2009 Brunei Pepsi Cup runners-up, at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat last night.

"I think the team played good. I feel that we're already starting to gel but it would definitely take us a while to get to 100 per cent," said Pilgrim after his first game with his new teammates.

"I think that we will be prepared for our first match in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) but it's going to take a lot of hard work and patience before we get there," added the 25-year-old American, who was named Louisiana Newcomer of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association early this year.

"Currently I'm adjusting well to living here. I'm still trying to adjust to the weather which is very hot here but I know I will get used to it soon," added the 6ft 9in American.

The Barracudas a team who will feature in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), the first professional basketball league of its kind in Southeast Asia, demolished Linktech 121-55.

Last Saturday, without Pilgrim in the line up, the Barracudas also bullied Linktech but the scorekeeper stopped keeping score when it was 100-42 in the third quarter.

The opening period of last night's game was tight as Linktech brought their A game pressuring their opponents around the court.

However, the Barracudas opened up a 38-20 lead going into the second quarter with Don Camaso delivering 16 points including four treys in the first quarter.

It all fell apart for Linktech from the second period as they had no solution to their opponents' height and size allowing the Barracudas to open up a 63-29 advantage going into halftime.

Pilgrim and his mates then made it a one-sided affair from the third stanza.

Barracudas head coach, Bong Ramos, was certainly impressed with the team's latest import.

"I hope that Mike (Pilgrim) will be able to adjust to the weather quickly. He's finding it difficult to breathe but he jumps really high and he has a really fast first step," commented Ramos after the game.

"I hope that we can get better but our opponents tonight (Thursday night) really sacrificed themselves to give us a game. Our opponents are quite good as they showed their stuff but we need a better team with height at a higher level to test our game," added the 48-year-old Filipino coach.

The coach feels that the team have improved from their training and is delighted with the local players' performance last night.

"The locals showed improvement as they came out playing both defence and offence but the level of the ABL is different compared to this," said Ramos.

On the team's overall performance, Ramos said: "We still need to gel together. I need the players to know their teammates' movements. That's why we still need more tune-up games.

"Right now their level is only between 50 and 60 per cent ... but in the next nine or 10 days, hopefully we will be able to adjust to each other before our first game in the ABL," continued Ramos.

The Barracudas will open their campaign in the ABL against favourites the Singapore Slingers on Oct 11 in Singapore.

Yee Chun Leong
The Brunei Times

amdgc82
10-03-2009, 11:45 AM
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Foreign Reinforcements Work Their Way Into Satria Muda’s ABL Lineup
October 02, 2009
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Satria Muda’s much-awaited imports have arrived and are expected to fill the holes in the much-decorated club’s lineup as it prepares for the inaugural Asean Basketball League.

The coaching staff’s next order of business is to make sure they jell with the rest of the team.

American imports Alex Hartman and Theo Little arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday, while playmaker Rensy Bajar of the Philippines came a day later, making sure Satria Muda will have a complete roster when it opens league play on Oct. 10.

Hartman and Little will add size to coach Fictor Roring’s lineup, while Bajar will provide quickness in the backcourt. But with exactly a week to go before his team faces league favorite Philippines Patriots at Britama Arena next week, Fictor said it would have been better to have had a full roster much earlier.

“There were changes in their schedule of arrival,” he said.

“It would have been helpful if they had come in earlier, but I’m still confident they can make the proper adjustments despite the delays because they are professional players.”

Having previously played with local clubs, Hartman and Bajar are no strangers to Indonesian basketball.

The 24-year-old Hartman, a 2.01-meter small forward, played for Satria Muda in the 2008 Seaba tournament in Jakarta. The 1.72-meter Bajar, who turns 33 on Tuesday, was drafted by Bhinneka Solo for the 2005 season and led the club to win the IBL Tournament trophy.

Hartman’s defense and outside shooting and Bajar’s playmaking skills, especially with guard Wendha Wijaya recovering from injury, could prove crucial to Fictor’s campaign. Bajar and Faisal J Ahmad will be sharing point-guard duties.

Although he has had stints in Germany, Brazil, Jordan, Chile and Mexico, Little, who stands 2.08 meters, has no experience playing in Southeast Asia. But Fictor believes his height will be an asset.

“He will give us a much-needed boost with his size. He also has a good background as he played NCAA Division One basketball and in the NBA Developmental League,” Fictor said.

The 25-year-old Little, an Arkansas State University alumnus, played for the Anaheim Arsenal in the D-League last year and the Al Safa club in the Saudi Arabia Basketball League, where he averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds.

ABL teams are allowed to field two players from outside the Southeast Asian region, two Asean players, one player who has at least one parent of Asean descent and seven local players. Satria Muda has decided to go with just three imports to complement its nine Indonesian players.

The ABL, which tips off on Oct. 10 in Jakarta and runs through February, will feature six clubs — Satria Muda, the Patriots, the Brunei Barracudas, the Kuala Lumpur Dragons, the Singapore Slingers and the Thailand Tigers.

Teams will play each other three times during the regular season, which ends in January. The top four clubs will then go into a playoff round, with the best-of-five title series set for February.

amdgc82
10-04-2009, 03:44 PM
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Mirza, Wainwright spearhead RP Patriots in ABL
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University of Sto. Tomas hotshot Khasim Mirza and former PBA player Rob Wainwright will spearhead the campaign of the Philippine Patriots in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Tournament which will have its grand opening on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This was jointly announced Sunday by team owners Dr. Mikee Romero, CEO of Harbour Centre, and Tony Boy Cojuangco, president of ABC-5, as the squad enters the final stage of its preparation for the pioneering regional basketball tournament.

Other members of the team are Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Mark Andaya, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa and former La Salle star Jerwin Gaco.

Multi-titled Letran coach Louie Alas will call the shots for the Patriots with former PBA superstar Bogs Adornado as one of his assistants.

Though they have plenty of options, the focal point of their offense is understandably anchored on Mirza as well as Wainwright.

“Mirza is one of the most underrated players in the UAAP. I like his guts, his game and he moves like a veteran. Besides he has the height and moves," said Romero.

The 22-year-old Mirza averaged 13.5 points and eight rebounds in his final year with the UST Tigers in the UAAP.

“Given more playing time, he will become a star in the league," said Romero.

The Patriots will be beefed up by two American imports who are expected to provide added firepower and stability to the team.

“This is a well-balanced team in the tradition of the Harbour Centre team in the PBL," said Romero, whose franchise has won an unprecedented seven straight PBL championships. “We have the experience, creativity, toughness and the firepower. It will be a fighting team."

Romero and team manager Erick Arejola believe their wards have what it takes to dominate the six-country tournament owing to the country’s tradition and passion in the sport.

But Romero dismissed the notion that most of the members of the team are discards from the pro league.

“Wainwright, Coronel, Baguion, Andaya and Raneses are all talented players and they have a story to tell - they’re all seeking a second chance, so Tony and I are giving them another opportunity to prove themselves and serve the country once again," said Romero. - GMANews.TV

myktristan
10-04-2009, 06:09 PM
^ ROS Elasto Painters didn't renew Wainwright's contract? He fits perfectly on Leo Isaac's system pa naman...

amdgc82
10-05-2009, 09:40 AM
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Story by Erwin Wong and Jan Lin/Red Sports. Photos by Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports.

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Singapore Indoor Stadium, Sunday, October 4, 2009 – The Singapore Slingers were in a hole they never once experienced during the four 2009 Challenge Series basketball games they have played.

Down 15 points late in the third quarter against the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)’s Fiesta Conference champions, the San Miguel Beermen, the Slingers looked down and out, and likely to lose their third straight game after consecutive 67-70 and 72-77 setbacks to Smart Gilas Pilipinas and Barangay Ginebra Kings.

But the Slingers stormed back from their first double-digit deficit in four games with guts and gumption, stemming from a collective team effort, to close out their pre-season preparations for the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) on a morale-boosting footing with a huge come-from-behind 71-65 win over San Miguel.

And the new-look Slingers, much-changed from the 2008 edition, appears to have quickly learnt from their crucial mistakes made during crunch time of the Ginebra defeat four days ago. Then, they let slip a seven-point fourth quarter lead with a combination of careless turnovers and decision-making errors, and the team, without much fluidity, seemed in disarray.

It was the polar opposite today.

Trailing by as many as 15 points in the third period and 10 in the fourth, the Slingers got the defensive stops they needed by staying mentally alert in the final quarter, and as the Beermen began to unravel, the Slingers made clutch shots from the field and the line to seal the game at the death.

Slingers’ coach Frank Arsego sent out his fourth consecutive changed lineup in as many games: Al Vergara, Hong Wei Jian, Marcus Ng, Michael Leblanc and Kyle Jeffers were on the floor at tip-off against San Miguel’s five of Jonas Villanueva, Donaldo Hontiveros, Arwind Santos, Dorian Pena and Mick Pennisi, and it was the latter quintet which led for most of the quarter.

The visitors had a 14-9 advantage, but a 9-0 Slinger run bridging the end of the first period and the start of the second gave the home team their first meaningful lead of the game. From then on till the late Slinger run, it was all San Miguel, as they seemed a step quicker and a leap higher than the Slingers, who never really found their shooting stroke.

Mike Cortez scored seven quick points and the six feet nine inch Pennisi drained his second three-pointer of the game as the Beermen wrestled the initiative back. The Slingers shot only 4 of 15 from the field in this quarter and racked up seven turnovers in this second 10 minutes, but managed to stay in the game and trailed only by three at the half-time interval.

Hontiveros opened the second-half scoring with a trey, and proceeded to stamp his authority on the game as he lit up the Slingers for 13 of San Miguel’s first 17 points. He constantly burned the home team as he got free on the right wing for open shots, and by the time the dust had settled on his scoring spree, the Beermen led by 12 after the Slingers had closed it to four early in the half.

The visitors were not done yet, and after Pathman made a long jumper with time winding down on the shot-clock to stop the bleeding, Pennisi got free on the perimeter for another successful make from downtown, and a 15-point Beermen lead.

It looked unassailable at this point and a blowout seemed imminent, but Wei Jian made a free throw and a Wei Long steal and layup followed by Marcus’ trey made it 10-point game. The Australian-Chinese then drove and dished to an open Pathman, who made the jumper for two of his team-leading six third-quarter points, and more importantly, the lead reduced to single-digits as the period ended with the Slingers trailing 45-53.

A Cortez basket got the lead back up to 10, but Vergara, Pathman, Michael Wong contributed consecutive points before Marcus stole the ball and went all the way for a lay up to tie the game at 55. The 15-point deficit seemed light years away, but the Slingers still had work to do.

San Miguel went up again by four after an alley-oop layup by Santos, but Wei Long made a three-pointer to shrink the lead to one, and after Pena scored inside, Leblanc converted a three-point play to level the scores at 64 with less than three minutes to play as the smaller Slinger crowd presence started to make its voice heard.

A Jeffers free throw after Pennisi’s fifth foul gave the Slingers their first lead since 18-17 early in the second quarter, and Desmond maintained his nerves to sink two more clutch shots from the charity stripe to increase the Slinger lead. The Beermen turned it over – their second consecutive in as many possessions – before Leblanc drained a fade-away jump shot with no time left on the shot-clock for the dagger, and a 69-64 lead.

San Miguel failed to take care of the ball the next trip down – something which the Slingers did in the same waning moments of the previous match – and it was free throws from then on, as the Beermen were forced to foul. The final buzzer came after Jeffers stole a pass, and put the lid on a gritty, backs-to-wall performance which augured well for the start of the Slingers’ ABL season next Sunday.

Leblanc led the Slingers with 14 points, but it was a balanced scoring effort from his teammates. Jeffers got his third straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Pathman bounced back from a poor effort the last time round with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting. Vergara added 10 points and 3 assists, while Michael Wong and Wei Long also made timely three-pointers to keep the game close at crucial points.

Desmond closed down Hontiveros’ hot hand in the fourth quarter, forcing the latter to miss his only two shots of the period, while collective team defence restricted the PBA champions to only 12 points in the final 10 minutes, while being forced into seven turnovers.

Of course, the Beermen might point to the 26 to 10 disparity in free throw attempts, but they did not help their own cause by making only 2 of them.

“I think we just self-destructed in the final quarter,” conceded San Miguel’s assistant coach Gee Abanilla.

Abanilla went on to elaborate: “I feel we did well in the first 3 quarters but in the fourth quarter, particularly the last 3 to 4 minutes, we couldn’t to stay focus and we didn’t score at the final minutes when the points really count.”

“That’s the thing about basketball, you should be really concentrating and focusing in times like this, to make the points count,” asserted Abanilla.

The Filipino had only words of praise for the home team.

“I think the Slingers are a very good team, they are very well coached. I think they played good defense and we just got out-rebounded in the fourth quarter. They took a lot of turnovers and converted a lot of these turnovers, I think that did it for us,” said Abanilla.

He added: “I think it was a total team effort for them because the 2 big guys, the American imports, could play inside and outside and the locals and Filipino, Al Vergera, they all played well. I’m just impressed.”

The story of the previous game against Ginebra was the turnover count and a lack of total team effort. Today it was one of a squad which worked hard for one another when the chips were down, never gave in and came away with an excellent win against a more-than-competent opponent.

The Slingers are truly ready for the ABL.

amdgc82
10-05-2009, 09:51 AM
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Sunday 4th October 2009
Slingers 71-65 Beermen
The Singapore Slingers ended their Challenge Series on a high as they edged out the San Miguel Beermen 71-65.
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Michael Leblanc top-scored for the home side with 14 points, while bigmen Pathman Matialakan and Kyle Jeffers contributed with 13 apiece.

The Beermen were led by Donaldo Hontiveros' 18 points, with Mike Cortez chipping in 11 points in a valiant effort.

It was a game of attrition for the Slingers in the early going, with the home team struggling to manufacture points. Shots were not falling for Singapore, with many shots going in and out of the rim. Even Leblanc and Jeffers were missing their free throws, but they did combine for ten points in the first ten minutes.

The Beermen had it just as bad in the scoring department, and though they double-teamed the post and swarmed the perimeter to force Singapore into turnovers, their easy transition baskets just weren't falling. Hontiveros led San Miguel with a paltry five points in the first period.

Unforced errors further compounded Singapore's lack of offence, but a three from Al Vergara gave the Slingers hope as they managed to finish the first quarter leading 15-14.

The Slingers seemed to begin the second quarter well, as they always do, as Michael Leblanc drilled a trey, giving the home crowd the feeling that Frank Arsego's pep talk was having its desired effect.

However, Singapore struggled in the next few possessions, with Leblanc missing two three-pointers in a row.

San Miguel then went on a 10-0 run as Mike Cortez sank a three, banked in a floater, and hit a fadeaway in consecutive possessions to rally his Beermen, with Mick Pennisi nailing a trey to compete the run. Cortez would finish the half with nine points.

A Pathman baseline jumper ended the run, but the Slingers trailed 24-18 with five minutes left.

The Beermen then went on a scoring drought themselves as Singapore hauled themselves back into the game as the low scoring half concluded 28-25, advantage San Miguel.

Coach Siot Tanquingcen must have said something to his Beermen, as they came out breathing fire in the third quarter of the game. Hontiveros was on fire as he drilled shot after shot, forcing coach Arsego to call a timeout with 5:38 left in the third, his Slingers trailing 43-33.

Hontiveros would score 13 points in the third quarter alone, with the reigning PBA Fiesta Conference champions stretching the lead as much as fifteen points at one point.

Singapore tried to rally at this point, employing a full court press with Wong Wei Long and Hong Wei Jian doubling Cortez. The tactic enjoyed some success, as the Slingers cut the deficit to 53-45 to end the third period.

The Slingers continued pressing in the fourth quarter, and started rebounding well as Vergara and Michael Wong rained threes to pull Singapore back into the game, finally tying the game at 55 apiece with 7:30 left in the game. That's when San Miguel called time.

Both teams traded baskets as the players started showing signs of fatigue, especially on the defensive end. Play started getting sloppy as both the Slingers and the Beermen tried to pull away from the deadlock in points.

Dorian Pena seemed to have dragged San Miguel out of the melee with two minutes left in the game but Singapore's Michael Leblanc drove into the paint and initiated contact as he banked the shot home.

The forward would proceed to sink the ensuing free throw amid loud boos from the Beermen faithful, tying the score at 64-64.

Pennisi was then called for his fifth personal foul after trying to contest a Kyle Jeffers shot. The center's departure effectively decided the game in the Slinger's favour.

The Beermen were then forced to turn the game into a foul-fest to stop the clock, but the Slinger held on and sank their free throws to pull away and win the game, 71-65, at the final buzzer.

amdgc82
10-05-2009, 08:32 PM
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Ex-US NCAA star to reinforce Patriots
RP squad faces Indonesia in ABL opener
October 5, 2009, 7:10pm

A member of 2006 US NCAA champion and a veteran PBA import will reinforce the Philippine Patriots when they open their campaign against Indonesia in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational tournament on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Brandon Powell, who along with Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah and Utah Jazz’s Corey Brewer helped the Florida Gators win the 2006-07 NCAA championship, is likely to be the Patriots’ main man with his athleticism and deadly shooting from afar.

The 6-foot-5 Powell, according to coach Louie Alas, is not only tough defender but also a reliable scorer with his decent outside shooting.

“He’s more of a hustle player who plays with a lot of passion and heart. He will be a big help to our team,” said Alas.

The other import of the Patriots – co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Dr. Mikee Romero and ABC-5 boss Tony Boy Cojuangco – is 6-foot-10 Jason Dixon.

Dixon is no stranger to the Filipinos’ brand of play being the import of Coca-Cola Tigers in the PBA last year.

“He used to play with PBA players, so it’s easy for him to adjust with the system of coach Louie,” said Romero. “But I still believe that our locals will make the difference in our campaign in the ABL.”

A product of Liberty College in the US NCAA, Dixon played most of his professional career abroad. He spent the last couple of years in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Guandong Southern Tigers where he played along side New Jersey Nets’ star Yi Jian Liam and Smuch Parker.

Dixon, who also played in Turkey, Cyprus and in Europe, averaged 15.6 points and 9.9 rebounds in his last stint in the CBA. He also saw action in the USBL where he played for New Jersey Shorecats and Portland Wave.

Romero and Cojuangco said the team can also count on UAAP hotshot Khazim Mirza, Rob Wainwright, Froilan Baguion, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa, former La Salle star Jerwin Gaco, Mark Andaya, Hafer Mondragon, Neil Raneses, and Christian Coronel.

Though he’s already 35 years old, Dixon still oozes with confidence and authority.

“He’s not selfish, he shares his knowledge to his teammates and he’s easy to deal with,” said team manager Erick Arejola. “But on the court, he’s a lion, a lion king.”

amdgc82
10-05-2009, 08:52 PM
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A member of the 2006 US NCAA champion team and a veteran PBA import will reinforce the Philippine Patriots when they open their campaign against Indonesia in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational tournament on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Brandon Powell, who along with Chicago Bull’s Joakim Noah and Utah Jazz’s Corey Brewer helped the Florida Gators win the 2006-07 NCAA championship, is likely to be the Patriots’ main man with his athleticism and deadly shooting from afar.

Backstopping him is Jason Dixon, who played for the Coca-Cola Tigers in the PBA last year.

The 6-foot-5 Powell, according to coach Louie Alas, is not only a tough defender but also a reliable scorer with his decent outside shooting.

“He’s more of a hustle player who plays with a lot of passion and heart. He will be a big help to our team," said Alas.

The 6-foot-10 Dixon’s familiarity with the Filipinos’ brand of play will come in handy for the Patriots team co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Dr. Mikee Romero and ABC-5 big boss Tony Boy Cojuangco.

“He used to play with PBA players, so it’s easy for him to adjust with the system of coach Louie," said Romero. “But I still believe that our locals will make the difference in our campaign in the ABL."

Romero is referring to UAAP hotshot Khasim Mirza, Rob Wainwright, Froilan Baguion, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa, former La Salle star Jerwin Gaco, Mark Andaya, Hafer Mondragon, Neil Raneses and Christian Coronel.

Though he’s already 35 years old, Dixon still oozes with confidence and authority in the shaded lane.

“He’s not selfish, he shares his knowledge to his teammates and he’s easy to deal with," said team manager Erick Arejola. “But on the court, he’s a lion, a lion king."

Dixon is a proven go-to guy at the post even during his PBA stint.

“We need his strong inside game because we heard that other teams like Singapore and Indonesia have strong imports too," said Romero. “We have to dominate the boards if we want to dominate the tournament."

Dixon played most of his professional career abroad, spending the last couple of years in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Guandong Southern Tigers where he played alongside New Jersey Nets’ star Yi Jian Lian and Smuch Parker.

Dixon, who also played in Turkey, Cyprus and in Europe, averaged 15.6 points and 9.9 rebounds in his last stint in the CBA. He also saw action in the USBL where he played for New Jersey Shorecats and Portland Wave. - GMANews.TV

amdgc82
10-06-2009, 07:10 AM
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Dixon, Powell to power Patriots
By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) Updated October 06, 2009 12:00 AM

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Jason Dixon and Brandon Powell are expected to reinforce the Philippine Patriots in the Asean Basketball League.

MANILA, Philippines - Former Coca-Cola import Jason Dixon of Liberty University and Brandon Powell of the 2006-07 NCAA champion University of Florida varsity will reinforce the Philippine Patriots in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) that tips off in Jakarta on Oct. 10.

Dixon, 36, is a 6-9 center who averaged 21.1 points and 10.4 rebounds in 21 games for the Tigers in the 2007-08 PBA Fiesta Conference. Powell, 22, claims Filipino roots and played a minor role for Florida as a freshman, averaging 1.6 points during the Gators title season. The 6-3 guard was dropped from the Florida lineup after he was arrested for buying less than a gram of marijuana for $20 from a police informant in a “reverse sting” operation. He later transferred to an NAIA school Cumberland University in Tennessee.

Patriots team manager Erick Arejola said Powell, who plays for Chick Boy Pop in the Danny Espiritu Cup, and 6-3 Jeremy Robinson were considered to team up with Dixon. Robinson and seven-time PBA Best Import awardee Bobby Parks led Spring Cooking Oil to the 2002 National Interclub title in Cebu City.

Mikee Romero, who owns the Patriots franchise with Tonyboy Cojuangco, confirmed yesterday that Dixon and Powell will play for the team in its ABL debut against Indonesia’s four-time club titlist Satria Muda Britama. Indonesia is coached by Fictor Roring and will parade American imports 6-11 Theo Little of Arkansas State and 6-7 Alex Hartman of Concordia University.

There are six teams in the ABL’s inaugural season that will end with a best-of-five finals in February. The entries are the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand Tigers, Kuala Lumpur Dragons, Brunei Barracudas and Singapore Slingers. Each team is allowed two Asean and two non-Asean imports.

Brunei coach Bong Ramos has recruited ex-PBA pros Leo Avenido, Francis Adriano and Don Camaso but will be restricted to play only two in a game. Another PBA veteran Al Vergara will play for Singapore whose imports are 6-9 Kyle Jeffers of Oregon State and 6-6 Michael LeBlanc of Houston Baptist. The Slingers coach is Frank Arsego.

General Electric is the title sponsor of the ABL for three years. The ABL is backed up by FIBA-Asia and SEABA.

Arejola said Patriots coach Louie Alas conducted tryouts for two weeks and picked 12 players from about 30 hopefuls. Among those who attended the tryouts were Mark Isip, a Rain Or Shine free agent recently signed by Talk ‘N’ Text, and Donbel Belano, now with Barako Bull.

Six former PBA players are in the Patriots roster – 6-8 Mark Andaya, 6-3 Rob Wainwright, 5-7 Froilan Baguion, 5-8 Christian Coronel, 6-3 Neil Raneses and 6-5 Nat Cruz. The others are Jerwin Gaco, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Dino Daa, Khazim Mirza and Haser Mondragon. Gaco, Baguion and Ricafuente applied for the 2005 PBA draft but were not chosen.

Romero called Indonesia the Patriots’ nemesis and archrival. Playing against Satria Muda Britama in Jakarta will be a big challenge but if the Patriots win, it will establish the team as a serious title contender.

“I am certain that the ABL will become a big league because it pits country against country, resembling patriotic sporting connections,” said Romero. “With a mix of ex-pros plus some rookies, I think we have a big chance to become the ABL’s first champions. The Patriots will soar in this league.”

Arejola promised a “fighting” team in the tradition of Romero’s Harbour Centre championship squads.

“This is a new experience for us and another challenge for our organization,” said Arejola. “We’re practicing hard every day at the Letran gym with coach Louie and assistant coach Bogs Adornado. Mr. Romero and Mr. Cojuangco are both excited about the possibility of taking the Philippines to the top of the ABL.”

Arejola said the players are motivated to prove they belong as pros. “The PBA veterans are out to prove they’re still capable while the others want to show they can perform at a high level,” continued Arejola. “Their attitude is palaban. The team is ready to go forward.”

amdgc82
10-06-2009, 07:17 PM
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Patriots expect physical game from rivals
By JONAS TERRADO
October 6, 2009, 4:23pm

Philippine Patriots import Jason Dixon expects a strong challenge against teams from five other countries when the newly-launched ASEAN Basketball League starts this Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Dixon, who once suited up as an import for the Coca-Cola Tigers in the PBA, will be the Patriots’ go-to guy and in all likelihood, will absorb the other teams’ tough defense.

Though standing at 6-10, Dixon, 35, expects other teams, such as the Singapore Slingers and Satria Muda BritAma of Indonesia, to field equally tall imports.

"It doesn't matter how tall somebody is. Lot of it comes from skill, if you don't back down because he's 7-foot tall, you just have to rely on different moves and different legs to move around," said Dixon during Tuesday's PSA Forum at Shakey's UN Avenue.

"Honestly I don't know what to expect but I know my job is going to be pretty hard every night," he added.

Dixon will be joined by 6-foot-5 Brandon Powell, a member of the Florida Gators that won the 2006 US NCAA championship, as the two imports of the Patriots coached by Letran mentor Louie Alas.

Team co-owner Mikee Romero believes that the hiring of Alas, who led the Knights to three NCAA titles and the Manila Metrostars to the 1999 Metropolitan Basketball Association crown, would help bring a physical mind-set to the Patriots.

"With the FIBA rules being implemented, it will almost be a no-hard, no-foul type of games," said Romero. "So it's very exciting but at the same time we want our team to be as tough as nails. That is why I got Louie Alas who is known to be very physical in terms of developing players."

Team captain and ex-PBA cager Rob Wainwright and former UST Growling Tiger Khasim Mirza will spearhead the Patriots campaign when it goes up against host Indonesia at the BritAma Arena in Jakarta.

Erick Arejola, the Patriots' team manager, said that all games of the Patriots plus matches of the other ABL squads will be shown on TV-5 (formerly ABC-5) of co-owner Tony Boy Cojuangco.

amdgc82
10-07-2009, 07:29 AM
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Patriots aim to nail first ABL crown
(The Philippine Star) Updated October 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines won’t settle for anything less than the championship as it tries to re-stake its claim as the top team in the region in the first Asean Basketball League unfolding Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“It’s always nice to be the inaugural champion of any tournament,” said Mikee Romero, who along with Tonyboy Cojuangco, will run and manage the Philippine Patriots in the ABL tourmanent.

“It’s all about pride. It’s all about fighting for our country,” added Romero in yesterday’s PSA Forum where he was joined by team manager Erik Arejola, American reinforcement Jason Dixon and locals Rob Wainwright and Khazim Mirza.

While Romero, whose Harbour Centre team owns the record of seven straight championships in the Philippine Basketball League, hopes his PBL success would spill over the six-nation, home-and-away tourney, it can’t be taken as a gauge.

“Winning seven straight titles in the PBL doesn’t mean anything here in the ABL. We cannot underestimate the other countries here but we built our team to be as tough as nails. We’re physical, fast and aggressive,” said the PBL chairman.

To help him try and achieve the goal are head coaches Louie Alas and Bogs Adornado, a pair of rugged imports in Dixon and Brandon Powell, and a sprinkling of locals who are out to prove something while winning games for the country.

They include Mark Isip, Donbel Belano, Mark Andaya, Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Nat Cruz, Jerwin Gaco, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Santamaria, Dino Daa, Haser Mondragon, Mirza and Wainwright.

Tiburcio
10-07-2009, 08:32 AM
This league will widen the career opportunities of our own players. Basketball in the Philippines is the No. 1 sport and so we have the most of talented players in southeast Asia, and the downside of it is that some could not play in the professional league because the PBA, the PBL and the Liga have but few teams. This means that the games in the professional level are saturated and that the many young talents could not show their wares.

This is a welcome news for basketball-crazy Philippines.

amdgc82
10-08-2009, 10:05 AM
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Barracudas ready to fight
Yee Chun Leong
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

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AMERICAN imports Lonnie Jones and Mike Pilgrim are ready to lead the way for the Barracudas, who were formally launched as the Sultanate's first professional basketball team yesterday at I-Lotus Restaurant in Rimba.

"I have to contribute in any way that I can from rebounds, block shots and points for the team. I know that we're ready for our first game in the league," said Jones in an interview yesterday.

"We as imports have to do whatever it takes to win the game," added the seven-footer player.

The equally-talented Pilgrim said that together with Jones, they will provide added height and toughness to the team.

"We will provide more toughness for the team. Not only that but we can also provide more scoring threats and versatility to the team," said Pilgrim.

When asked on what he thought of their first game against the Singapore Slingers, the 25-year-old replied: "We're ready to beat them! I think we won't have a problem as a team but it's going to be a real test as we just have to play hard to try and win the game."

Filipino import Francis 'Kiko' Adriano has been appointed captain of the team.

"I didn't expect to be named the captain but I accepted the role since it was the coach's choice. It is a challenge for me to provide leadership to my teammates," said Adriano.

"The task would be to gel the team and get to know each other better inside and outside the court and be as one family," added the 34-year-old cager.

Together with the two American imports, troika of Adriano, Don Camaso and Leo Avenido will form the starting five of the team.

Other local members in the squad are vice captain Esmond Tan, Benjamin Lim, Xavier Fong, Benjamin Sim, Presley Ho, Lim Aik Hock, Soon Kian Leong, brothers Hj Md Badri and Hj Md Rahmat Hj Mohd Suhaili, Jamri Ramlee and Muhd Mohzani Abd Ghani.

Under the guidance of highly experienced Filipino head coach, Bong Ramos, the locals are also ready to showcase their skills in the league after a month of intensive training.

"They may lack some of the basics that other teams have but they have tried their utmost best in the short space of time that we had and they have applied themselves the best they can," said the 48-year-old Filipino.

"Their role is very important. All I ask of them is to provide me quality minutes with some good defence and hustle. If they can do that then I think we will be in very good shape," added Ramos, who also coached the Indonesian national team.

Brunei Tourism Board CEO Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed was the guest of honour during the launching.

The Barracudas leave today for Singapore and are scheduled to meet hosts Slingers on Sunday. They will face the KL Dragons on Oct 14.

Local fans will have the chance to watch the Barracudas play against the KL Dragons at the Brunei Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex on Oct 18.

The ABL will official start with the match between Satria Muda BritAma from Indonesia and the Philippine Patriots at the BritAma Arena on Oct 10.

The Brunei Times

amdgc82
10-08-2009, 10:10 AM
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Satria Muda Beginning To Bond Ahead of Opening Asean Game
October 07, 2009
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It’s one thing to play against local competition, an entirely different thing to face the best in Southeast Asia.

Satria Muda, the country’s most successful professional basketball team, has its work cut out for it as opens its campaign in the inaugural Asean Basketball League on Saturday.

The reigning four-time Indonesian Basketball League champion clobbered Pelita Jaya Esia 92-66 in a tune-up game on Tuesday, a walk in the park that certainly won’t be the norm during the ABL season.

Coach Fictor Roring has brought in Americans Alex Hartman and Theo Little to add height to his club, and guard Rensy Bajar from the Philippines to provide speed and experience in the backcourt. Tuesday’s game gave the reinforcements a chance to bond with their new teammates.

“The game was definitely good for us,” Hartman said. “We didn’t know each other before the game, but that improved after we played together.”

Overall, Fictor said he liked what he saw, making special mention of Little’s efforts.

“[Theo] has been very cooperative,” Fictor said. “Since he arrived, he’s always shown enthusiasm. We’ve discussed a lot of things after the training sessions.”

Fictor started Bajar, Hartman and Little with Ronny Gunawan and Youbel Sondakh, who struggled in the early minutes but got better as the game progressed..

Bajar, who had a spell playing professionally in Indonesia a few years ago, said the team needed to work on its chemistry.

“I’ve only had two practice sessions with my teammates, so we need more time to adapt to the system,” the Filipino said.

Hartman said that he was more concerned about technical adjustments.

“We need to work better on defense. We need to get back in transition after we turn the ball over,” said Hartman, who suited up for Satria Muda in a regional tournament in 2008.

“The players are definitely better now than they were the last time I was here,” he added. “Everyone is just bigger and stronger, and the team as a whole is better.”

That’s a good sign for Fictor going into Saturday’s game against the Philippine Patriots, considered favorites to win this year’s ABL. Although Fictor said scouting reports on the Filipinos have been scarce, Bajar was more than willing to share some information.

“They signed up [American] Jason Dixon and they have big players,” Bajar said of the Patriots. “But I like our chances. I think we can beat them.”

Dixon, a 2.06-meter center who has played in the Philippine professional league, was a teammate of Yi Jianlian and former NBA player Smush Parker at the Guandong Southern Tigers in 2002.

He will team up with former University of Florida player Brandon Powell for the Patriots.

After playing the Patriots in Jakarta, Satria Muda will fly to Bangkok for a game against the Thailand Tigers on Oct. 18, before returning home to face the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on Oct. 25.

CrossOver
10-08-2009, 10:38 AM
Bakit ata Singapore, Philippines & Indonesia lang lagi ang may media report, wala pa bang balita about sa other ASEAN Team na kasali dito sa ABL?

amdgc82
10-08-2009, 12:35 PM
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Barracudas Ready For Action
Written by James Kon
Thursday, 08 October 2009 10:49

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"We are ready to play". Those were the final words from coach Bong of Team Barracudas, the first professional basketball team to be established in Brunei Darussalam before flying off to Singapore today to face the Singapore Slingers on Oct 11.

When asked whether the team is prepared, Bong said: "With the time we were given, I can say we are prepared. However I know that Singapore Slingers are a tough team. I haven't collected any information about the team and the way they play. "

American import Lonnie Jones, the Barracudas' seven-foot centre is optimistic about the match-up.

"We are ready to face Singapore Slingers. I think the team have come together in the past weeks and things started to get into place. So I think we can give them a good match up," Jones said.

The official launching of the Brunei's Barracudas team was held yesterday with the unveiling of the confirmed team members and jerseys.

Brunei Tourism Board CEO Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed was the guest-of-honour for the official launching. Also present was team owner Nadzaty Azma Azeez of Everwide Sports.

The full line-up ofthe 15 men squad are Francis Adriano (captain), Esmond Tan (vice-captain), Celedon Camaso, Leonidez Avenido., Michael Pilgrim, Lonnie Jones, Fong Yeh Leong, Ho Hee Lee, Lim Aik Hock, Benjamin Lim, Benjamin Sim, Hj Md Badri Hj, Mohd Suhaili, Md Jamri Ramlee, Muhd Mohzani Abd Ghani and Soon Kian Leong

The trio of Francis Adriano, Celedon Camaso and Leonidas Avenido from the Philippines will join the American duo of 6'11" Lonnie Jones and 6'9" Mike Pilgrim to form a formidable starting five for the Barracudas.

Sheikh Jamaluddin hoped that Barracudas can help promote Brunei Darussalam through basketball.

"I believed that ESPN will be making coverage on the matches and the name of Brunei will be mentioned to a world-wide audience. Sport tourism is important to Brunei, so we are happy to be involved."

"The Tourism Department has taken the step forward by going to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports to open the door for Zaty and her team."

The CEO of Brunei Tourism also said: "I am very proud of the team and I believe that they will do well. I will be looking forward to the games."
A Kobe Bryan fan himself, he added: "I like basketball. Traditionally basketball is a Chinese game but I would like to see more Malays getting involved in the game."
Brunei's first chance to watch the Barracudas in action will be on October 18 at the National Indoor Stadium against the KL Dragons starting at 4pm. Ticket details will be released soon.

Barracudas are owned by Everwide Sports Company and the management is grateful for the support from the various government departments and also the companies from the private sector who have stepped in to assist.

"We are extremely thankful to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Home Affairs, Brunei Tourism and the Brunei Basketball Association for their support and assistance. They have certainly made our task a lot easier and we are eternally grateful for that," said Benny Ang, the Barracudas basketball operations manager. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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10-08-2009, 02:59 PM
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RP Patriots to commence ABL mission without coach Alas
10/08/2009 | 01:41 PM

The Philippine Patriots will start their campaign in the 1st ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship beginning Saturday in Jakarta without their head coach Louie Alas but they are nonetheless as determined to enhance the country’s lofty status in the region.

Alas is still busy preparing the Letran Knights for the coming NCAA Final Four wars and will miss the Patriots’ debut against Indonesia on hostile ground in the 5 p.m. opener of the fledging league as well as their second road game against the Singapore Slingers in Singapore next week.

But that poses little problem for the Patriots, who will be handled by former two-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado and assistants Ryan Dy and Allan Gamboa in the absence of Alas.

“My instruction is very clear: they have to play as one big fighting unit because they will be playing against our long-time rival. The Indons are very strong, they have been playing together for a long time," Alas said.

Headlined by former UAAP star Khasim Mirza and ex-pro Rob Wainwright, the RP Patriots will leave for Jakarta on Friday.

Team owners Mikee Romero and Tony Boy Cojuangco also urged them to play at the top of their games and with lots of passion to hurdle their first test in this home-and-away tournament.

“So long as you’re playing for your flag and country, it’s imperative that you have to go out and play with pride and passion, and that’s my message to our players. This is another war that we have to win at all costs," Romero said.

Mirza and Wainwright will be backstopped by former La Salle bruiser Jerrwin Gaco, Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Mark Andaya, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa and Hafer Mondragon.

Adding muscle to the Patriots are two Americans, Jason Dixon, the 6-foot-10 former PBA import, and former NCAA star Brandon Powell. Dixon played for the Coca Cola Tigers last year and had no problem adjusting with the locals. Powell was a member of the Florida Gators that won the 2006-07 NCAA crown.

Meanwhile, the ABL welcomed technology company GE as league partner.

ABL officials and GE executives signed an agreement in Kuala Lumpur last week making GE the ABL’s title sponsor for its inaugural tournament.

Formalizing the ABL-GE partnership were ABL chairman Tony Fernandes, Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE, Nani Beccali Falco, president and CEO of GE International, Stuart Dean, president and CEO of GE ASEAN, Dato Farid, CEO of TV3, Dato Yeoh Choo Hock, secretary general of FIBA Asia, Datuk Wira Daim and Ruben Ganalingam – owners of KL Dragons. - GMANews.TV

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10-08-2009, 11:27 PM
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BAP brings ‘legitimacy’ case to CAS

10/09/2009

By Julius Manicad

With the Supreme Court upholding the election of Manny Pangilinan as president of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) yesterday confirmed it is seeking legal redress from the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in hopes of regaining recognition that could offset the decision of the high tribunal.

BAP president Prospero Pichay yesterday said they have decided to take the lengthy, highly-expensive legal exercise, knowing that the SC would junk the decision of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 that recognizes his leadership as president of the merger between the BAP and Pilipinas Basketbol.

The BAP, in particular, filed the petition against the central board of the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) for formally recognizing the SBP as the rightful and dutiful basketball body in the country after meeting SBP vice president Ricky Vargas and executive director Noli Eala at the Fiba headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland last July.

No BAP executive showed up in Geneva despite claiming to have requested the formation of a special commission to look into the matter.

Pichay said should the Swiss-based special court recognize the 70-year-old cage body, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would automatically instruct Fiba and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to shift its recognition to the BAP, making the high tribunal’s decision moot and academic.

The case was filed last week.

"Once we win in the CAS, then there’s no reason for Fiba and the POC not to recognize us," said Pichay, a former Surigao del Sur representative. "If the POC remains firm and refuses to recognize us, then we will all be suspended by the IOC — that’s for sure."

"We were not surprised by the decision of the SC. We knew it all along, that’s why we immediately elevated the case before the CAS."

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10-08-2009, 11:33 PM
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Patriots leave for Indonesia today

THE Philippine Patriots will leave for Indonesia today in time for the opening of the 1st Asean Basketball League Invitational Championship in Jakarta tomorrow.

The Patriots will face the Indons at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Britama Arena without coach Louie Alas who is still fulfilling his commitment with the Letran Knights in the NCAA. Alas will also miss the Patriot’s game against the Singapore Slingers next week in Singapore but that poses little problem for the Patriots.

"My instruction is very clear: they have to play as one big fighting unit because they will be playing against our long-time rival," said Alas. "The Indons are very strong, they have been playing together for a long time."

Without Alas, former two-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado will call the shots for the Patriots–co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero and TV-5 (formerly ABC-5) top honcho Tony Boy Cojuangco.

Romero said the Patriots must play at the top of their game and with lots of passion to hurdle their first test in the home-and-away tournament.

"If you’re playing for flag and country, it’s imperative that you go out and play with pride and passion, and that’s my message to our players. This is another war that we have to win at all costs," said Romero.

Former PBA hotshot Rob Wainwright and UAAP star Khazim Mirza lead the team that also includes former La Salle bruiser Jerrwin Gaco, Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Mark Andaya, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa and Hafer Mondragon.

The Patriots will be reinforced by American Jason Dixon, the 6-foot-10 former PBA import, and former NCAA star Brandon Powell.

amdgc82
10-09-2009, 10:04 AM
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Patriots leave for Jakarta ABL Tourney
October 8, 2009, 7:07pm

The Philippine Patriots go to the territory of their long-time rival this Friday as they try to enhance the country’s lofty status in the region in the 1st ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

While they are fully prepared and motivated to face the Indons in their 5 p.m. encounter tomorrow at the Britama Arena, the Patriots will be without head coach Louie Alas due to his commitment to Letran which is now deep in preparation for the forthcoming Final Four war in the NCAA.

Alas will also miss the Patriot’s game against the Singapore Slingers next week in Singapore but that poses little problem for the Patriots.

“My instruction is very clear, they have to play as one big fighting unit because they will be playing against our long-time rival,” said Alas. “The Indons are very strong, they have been playing together for a long time.”

Without Alas, former two-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado will call the shots for the Patriots – co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero and TV-5 (formerly ABC-5) top honcho Tony Boy Cojuangco.

Knowing fully well the odds of playing against the Indons right in their home court, Romero said the Patriots must play at the top of their game and with lots of passion to hurdle their first test in this home-and-away tournament.

“So long that you’re playing for your flag and country, it’s imperative that you have to go out and play with pride and passion, and that’s my message to our players. This is another war that we have to win at all cost.”

Former PBA hotshot Rob Wainwright and UAAP star Khazim Mirza lead the cast that are out to prove something for themselves.

amdgc82
10-09-2009, 10:05 AM
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RP Patriots leave for ABL war today
(The Philippine Star) Updated October 09, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Patriots leave for Jakarta today as they try to enhance the country’s lofty status in the region in the first ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

While they are fully prepared and motivated to face the Indons in their 5 p.m. encounter tomorrow at the Britama Arena, the Patriots will be without head coach Louie Alas due to his commitment to Letran which is now deep in preparation for the forthcoming Final Four war in the NCAA.

Alas will also miss the Patriot’s game against the Singapore Slingers next week in Singapore but that poses little problem for the Patriots.

“My instruction is very clear, they have to play as one big fighting unit because they will be playing against our long-time rival,” said Alas. “The Indons are very strong, they have been playing together for a long time.”

Without Alas, former two-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado will call the shots for the Patriots – co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero and TV-5 (formerly ABC-5) top honcho Tony Boy Cojuangco.

Playing against the Indons right in their home court, Romero said the Patriots must play at the top of their game and with lots of passion to hurdle their first test in this home-and-away tournament.

“So long that you’re playing for your flag and country, it’s imperative that you have to go out and play with pride and passion, and that’s my message to our players. This is another war that we have to win at all costs,” he said.

amdgc82
10-09-2009, 10:10 AM
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Bring on the Singapore Slingers, say Brunei's Barracudas coach
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Friday, October 9, 2009

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THE Barracudas last night left the Brunei International Airport for Singapore to embark on their inaugural ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) campaign.

Brunei's representatives in the ABL open their campaign against the Singapore Slingers on Sunday and then move to Malaysia for a date with the KL Dragons on Oct 14.

"I've seen the line up of the Slingers and I know that they can shoot the ball well," said coach Bong Ramos. "They are a very serious team but I know that we are ready for them," added the 48-year-old Filipino.

The Barracudas are made up of American imports Lonnie Jones and Mike Pilgrim as well as the Filipino threesome of team captain Francis 'Kiko' Adriano, Don Camaso and Leo Avenido.

They will form the starting five of the team.

They are joined by teammates local players vice captain Esmond Tan, Benjamin Lim, Xavier Fong, Benjamin Sim and Presley Ho.

The rest of the Barracudas roster include Lim Aik Hock, Soon Kian Leong, brothers Hj Md Badri and Hj Md Rahmat Hj Suhaili, Jamri Ramlee and Muhd Mohzani Abd Ghani.

The ABL, launched on Sept 1 in Manila, is set to tip off with Satria Muda BritAma from Indonesia hosting the Philippine Patriots at the BritAma Arena tomorrow.

Local fans will only be able to witness the Barracudas in action when they face the KL Dragons at the Brunei Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex on Oct 18. (YCL 04)

The Brunei Times

amdgc82
10-09-2009, 10:30 AM
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Let’s take the game to the next level — Wee
Haresh Deol
Friday, October 9th, 2009 05:53:00

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NATIONAL men’s team manager Wee Cheong Phor is delighted to hear news of the Sports Ministry’s readiness to elevate the status of basketball in the country.

Nevertheless, deep down inside, Cheong Phor wishes to see oil-giants Petronas continue pumping funds through the Rakan Sukan programme despite their sponsorship deal coming to an end this year.

Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek had earlier stated he is “receptive towards any idea that would help elevate the sport to the next level”.

Petronas sponsors the Malaysian Basketball Association (Maba) RM1.5 million a year for their development programmes and remains as the longest serving corporation to commit to the Rakan Sukan programme since 1995.

“It’s difficult to sustain a team and it boils down to sponsorship. We’re still trying to raise the standard of play in the country and encourage more people to pick up the sport,” said Cheong Phor, a former international and seasoned offi cial in the scene.

“At least the men’s team have the Asean Basketball League (ABL). I wish to see the ABL turn into a successful event and hope more countries and even the women’s teams join the fray in the subsequent editions.

“I hope Petronas would stay with us. We’ve been together for so long and we certainly apprec i a te their support all these years.”

Cheong Phor said the money is channelled to the four national teams — men’s seniors, juniors and the women’s seniors, juniors — and administration costs which runs to about RM3 million annually.

“The amount is fi ne at the present moment but who knows what will happen in the future. I wish we had a p roper league that collects good ticket sales and promotions. We’re looking at every opportunity to re-brand the sport and turn it into a family-oriented sport and make it truly Malaysian.”

Meanwhile, KL Dragons’ American imports Jamal Daryl Brown – minus the Mohawk hairstyle — and Chris Lynch were at the stands supporting the national basketball team as the hosts edged Hong Kong China 79-74.

Both players arrived in the country on Wednesday night and are expected to be at the Press conference to be hosted by KL Dragons today.

“It’s good to be back. I may spot the Mohawk again and be Mr T,” said Brown in jest. “The team played great basketball and exciting times await us in the ABL.”

Lynch, a first-timer to the country, says it will be a great experience playing with the national squad dubbed as the KL Dragons.

“There were several good moves especially by Guganeswaran Batumalai. I guess we’ll be able to connect well and both Brown and I will beef up the team’s mental and physical strengths,” Lynch added.

amdgc82
10-09-2009, 10:47 AM
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Tipping to a new dawn
Inspired by the Malaysia Cup days, basketball league aims to fire up the region
by Raj Kumar rajkumar@mediacorp.com.sg
Updated 05:55 AM Oct 09, 2009

SINGAPORE - Eighteen months in the making, the Asean Basketball League (ABL) finally tips off in Jakarta tomorrow, with Indonesian club Satria Muda hosting the Philippine Patriots.

The following day at 4pm, the Singapore Slingers welcome the Brunei Barracudas at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

With more than US$10 million ($13.9 million) in investment, a host of foreign imports as well as local players and clubs with their own nurseries, the six regional teams - Thailand Tigers and KL Dragons being the other two - will compete for honours over the next four months.

And hopefully produce South-east Asia's own Michael, Kobe or LeBron.

With over 560 million people living in this region, organisers see a huge potential market to tap into.

"I was a big fan of the cross-border rivalry in the good 'ol days of Malaysia Cup football," ABL chairman Tony Fernandes, who is also the chief executive of budget carrier AirAsia, told MediaCorp.

"And that's where I derived the idea of the ABL. Why not start a basketball league that allows fans from around the region to travel and support their own clubs on a more frequent basis?"

Added ABL CEO Kuhan Foo: "Honestly, in any other regional basketball tournament, it would be so easy to predict that the Filipinos would win the title.

"But what we've seen in the ABL is the sheer level of preparation and commitment from the new team owners."

A chance to shine for Singapore

Last Saturday, the Slingers caused a major upset by beating the Philippine Basketball Association Champions San Miguel Beermen 71-65 in a friendly here.

"With the Slingers having thrown down the gauntlet, no one should even think that the other five teams in the tournament would be easy to beat," Foo continued.

Singapore captain M Pathman, who has been with the Slingers since they were first formed in 2006, was equally upbeat at being given the chance to play professionally.

"This is a dream come true for all of us," said the 29-year-old forward/centre. "In a country where football is No 1, never would I have imagined that I'd one day be playing professionally alongside my friends, in big arenas and against top regional competitors.

"Now that we've arrived, we intend to show everyone what the Slingers are truly made of. And we'll be gunning to win the first-ever ABL championship."

Visit aseanbasketballleague.com or singaporeslingers.com for more details.

Fixtures

Tomorrow: Satria Muda BritAma v Philippine Patriots (Jakarta)

Sunday: Singapore Slingers v Brunei Barracudas (Singapore Indoor Stadium, 4pm)

Wednesday (Oct 14): KL Dragons v Brunei Barracudas (Kuala Lumpur)

Sunday (Oct 18): Thailand Tigers v Satria Muda BritAma (Thailand), Brunei Barracudas v KL Dragons (Brunei), Singapore Slingers v Philippine Patriots (Singapore Indoor Stadium, 4pm)

amdgc82
10-09-2009, 07:44 PM
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Patriots favored over Indons in ABL this Saturday
By REY C. LACHICA
October 9, 2009, 5:13pm

Game on Saturday (Britama Arena)
5 p.m. — Satria Muda Britama vs RP Patriots

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The much-awaited ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship unwraps this Saturday with the Philippine Patriots out to deliver a strong message when they face Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama at the Britama Arena here.

Installed as the team to beat owing to the country’s long standing status in the region, the Patriots collide with the Indons at 5 p.m. in a game many billed as a preview of the championship.

The Patriots are hoping to follow the footsteps of the past RP teams which transformed most ASEAN competitions into a veritable playground.

But despite being rated high by the five other participating teams in the newly-launched league that aims to produce ASEAN heroes, coach Louie Alas is not taking Indonesia for granted since they are still in the getting-to-know stage at the moment.

Alas said there’s no question about the courage and talent of his boys but said they are working double time on one important aspect of the game – finding the right chemistry.

“Right now, we’re still trying to find the right formula for the team but I’m confident the boys will make the necessary adjustments during the game,” said Alas. “They have to deliver and learn to play under pressure.”

Former PBA star Rob Wainwright and UAAP hotshot Khazim Mirza will spearhead the campaign of the Patriots along with Americans imports – Jason Dixon, the 6-foot-10 former PBA import, and ex-NCAA star Brandon Powell.

Other members of the team are former La Salle enforcer Jerrwin Gaco, Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Mark Andaya, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa, Hafer Mondragon, and Warren Ybanes.

CrossOver
10-09-2009, 11:18 PM
saan ipapalabas ang laban? sa ABC5 ba?

D_I_A
10-10-2009, 12:51 AM
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RP Patriots favored over Indonesians in ABL

10/10/2009

JAKARTA, Indonesia — In a game many billed as a preview of the championship, the Philippine Patriots battle Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama today to highlight the opening of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship at the Britama Arena here.

Owing to the country’s lofty status having won almost everything there is to win in the region, the Patriots, co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero and TV-5 (formerly ABC-5) top honcho Tony Boy Cojuangco, are installed heavy favorites over the Indons in their 5 p.m. encounter.

But coach Louie Alas refused to be swayed by the team-to-beat tag, saying: "The presence of imports gives everybody equal chances. Besides, we’re still in the getting-to-know stage, so lahat nangangapa at the moment."

Right now, they’re still working on the team’s chemistry.

"We’re still trying to find the right formula for the team but I’m confident the boys will make the right adjustments during the game," said Alas. "They have to deliver and learn to play under pressure."

Former PBA star Rob Wainwright and UAAP hotshot Khazim Mirza will spearhead the campaign of the Patriots along with imports American Jason Dixon, the 6-foot-10 former PBA import, and ex-NCAA star Brandon Powell.

Other members of the team are former La Salle enforcer Jerrwin Gaco, Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Mark Andaya, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa, Hafer Mondragon and Warren Ybanes.

"This is quite a competitive team but for us to beat Indonesia, we need total team effort. The locals must step up big time and must not depend on our imports most of the time," said Romero.

For his part, Cojuangco urged the Patriots to play with pride and passion, saying: "They (Patriots) should not allow themselves to be intimidated or be distracted by anyone."

Though he will not be around in the team’s first two games — he will also miss their game against the Singapore Slingers on Sunday next week in Singapore because of his commitment to Letran — Alas is confident that former two-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado can handle the pressure of playing in a hostile crowd.

Another major concern of the Patriots, according to team manager Erick Arejola, is they have little knowledge of Indonesia’s imports — Alex Hartman and Theo Little.

"We’re still facing a blank wall at this time but hopefully we can get video tapes of their games before we play them. We have already contacted one person but he has yet to deliver the tapes to us," said Arejola who added that at least six current national team players will beef up Sutria Muda Britama.

Former PBA player Rensy Bajar will suit up for the Indonesian team.

D_I_A
10-10-2009, 01:01 AM
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RP Patriots take on Indonesians

JAKARTA—In a game many billed as the preview of the championship, the Philippine Patriots battle Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama today, opening the Asean Basketball League Invitational Championship at the Britama Arena here.

Owing to the country’s lofty status having won almost everything there is to win in the region, the Patriots, co-owned by Harbour Centre chief executive Mikee Romero and TV-5 (formerly ABC-5) top honcho Tony Boy Cojuangco, are installed heavy favorites over the Indons in their 5 p.m. encounter.

But coach Louie Alas refused to be swayed by the team-to-beat tag.

“The presence of imports gives everybody equal chances. Besides, we’re still in the getting-to-know stage, so lahat nangangapa at the moment,” said Alas.

Right now, they’re still working on the team’s chemistry.

“We’re still trying to find the right formula for the team, but I’m confident the boys will make the right adjustments during the game,” said Alas. “They have to deliver and learn to play under pressure.”

Former Philippine Basketball Association star Rob Wainwright and University Athletic Association of the Philippines hotshot Khazim Mirza will spearhead the campaign of the Patriots, along with imports American Jason Dixon, the 6’10” former PBA import, and ex-National Collegiate Athletic Association star Brandon Powell.

Other members of the team are former La Salle enforcer Jerwin Gaco, Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Mark Andaya, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa, Hafer Mondragon and Warren Ybanes.

“This is quite a competitive team, but for us to beat Indonesia, we need total team effort. The locals must step up big time and must not depend on our imports most of the time,” said Romero.

On his part, Cojuangco urged the Patriots to play with pride and passion, saying: “They [Patriots] should not allow themselves to be intimidated or be distracted by anyone.”

Though he will not be around in the team’s first two games —he will also miss their game against the Singapore Slingers on Sunday next week in Singapore because of his commitment to Letran—Alas is confident that former two-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado can handle the pressure of playing in a hostile crowd.

D_I_A
10-10-2009, 01:15 AM
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Patriots favored over Indons in ABL this Saturday
By REY C. LACHICA
October 9, 2009, 5:13pm

Game on Saturday (Britama Arena)
5 p.m. — Satria Muda Britama vs RP Patriots

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The much-awaited ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship unwraps this Saturday with the Philippine Patriots out to deliver a strong message when they face Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama at the Britama Arena here.

Installed as the team to beat owing to the country’s long standing status in the region, the Patriots collide with the Indons at 5 p.m. in a game many billed as a preview of the championship.

The Patriots are hoping to follow the footsteps of the past RP teams which transformed most ASEAN competitions into a veritable playground.

But despite being rated high by the five other participating teams in the newly-launched league that aims to produce ASEAN heroes, coach Louie Alas is not taking Indonesia for granted since they are still in the getting-to-know stage at the moment.

Alas said there’s no question about the courage and talent of his boys but said they are working double time on one important aspect of the game – finding the right chemistry.

“Right now, we’re still trying to find the right formula for the team but I’m confident the boys will make the necessary adjustments during the game,” said Alas. “They have to deliver and learn to play under pressure.”

Former PBA star Rob Wainwright and UAAP hotshot Khazim Mirza will spearhead the campaign of the Patriots along with Americans imports – Jason Dixon, the 6-foot-10 former PBA import, and ex-NCAA star Brandon Powell.

Other members of the team are former La Salle enforcer Jerrwin Gaco, Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Mark Andaya, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa, Hafer Mondragon, and Warren Ybanes.

D_I_A
10-10-2009, 01:19 AM
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RP Patriots take on Indons today

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- In a game many billed as the preview of the championship, the Philippine Patriots battle Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama today at the start of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship at the Britama Arena here.

Owing to the country’s lofty status, the Patriots, co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero and TV-5 (formerly ABC-5) top honcho Tony Boy Cojuangco, are installed heavy favorites over the Indons in their 5 p.m. encounter.

But coach Louie Alas refused to be swayed by the team-to-beat tag, saying: “The presence of imports gives everybody equal chances. Besides, we’re still in the getting-to-know stage, so lahat nangangapa at the moment.”

Right now, they’re still working on the team’s chemistry.

“We’re still trying to find the right formula for the team but I’m confident the boys will make the right adjustments during the game,” said Alas. “They have to deliver and learn to play under pressure.”

Former PBA star Rob Wainwright and UAAP hotshot Khazim Mirza will spearhead the campaign of the Patriots along with imports American Jason Dixon, the 6-foot-10 former PBA import, and ex-NCAA star Brandon Powell.

Other members of the team are former La Salle enforcer Jerrwin Gaco, Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Mark Andaya, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa, Hafer Mondragon and Warren Ybanes.

“This is quite a competitive team but for us to beat Indonesia, we need total team effort. The locals must step up big time and must not depend on our imports most of the time,” said Romero.

On his part, Cojuangco urged the Patriots to play with pride and passion, saying: “They (Patriots) should not allow themselves to be intimidated or be distracted by anyone.”

Though he will not be around in the team’s first two games – he will also miss their game against the Singapore Slingers on Sunday next week in Singapore because of his commitment to Letran – Alas is confident that former two-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado can handle the pressure of playing in a hostile crowd.

Another major concern of the Patriots, according to team manager Erick Arejola, is they have little knowledge regarding the backgrounds of Indonesia’s imports – Alex Hartman and Theo Little.

“We’re still facing a blank wall at this time but hopefully we can get video tapes of their games before we play them. We have already contacted one person but he has yet to deliver the tapes to us,” said Arejola.

Former PBA player Rensy Bajar will suit up for the Indonesian team.

amdgc82
10-10-2009, 07:36 AM
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October 09, 2009
Satria Muda Is Flying Blind As It Welcomes the Patriots

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Satria Muda’s Theo Little, right, will provide some much-needed muscle for the Indonesian club during the inaugural ABL season. (JG Photo)

There is nothing worse for a team than going into a game not knowing much about its opponent.

Satria Muda Britama takes on the Philippine Patriots in the Indonesian club’s first game in the inaugural Asean Basketball League in Jakarta on Saturday.

But the reigning four-time Indonesian Basketball Association champion might as well be playing blind at the Britama Arena, with its coaching staff saying it has seen nothing in the way of scouting reports on its opponents.

“The Patriots are a virtual mystery to us because it is a newly formed club,” coach Fictor Roring said on Friday.

The Philippines has built a reputation as the region’s basketball powerhouse, a fact that is certainly not lost on the rest of the six-team league, which considers the Filipinos the hot favorites to win the title.

“We know the Philippines has a lot of excellent players and it always plays an attractive attacking game,” said Fictor, who is sure to count on Satria Muda’s new Filipino recruit, playmaker Rensy Bajar, for some insider information going into Saturday’s match.

The Patriots will also arrive with two Americans, Philippine professional league veteran Jason Dixon and former US NCAA Division One player Brandon Powell.

Among the Filipino players, Fictor said his team would have to pay special attention to a couple of offensive-minded swingmen — long-distance threat Khazim Mirza and longtime professional Rob Wainwright.

In reports from Manila, Patriots coach Louie Alas played down his team’s favorite tag, saying his players still hadn’t jelled as a squad.

“The presence of imports gives everybody an equal chance of winning in this tournament,” Alas said. “[My team] is also still in the getting-to-know each other stage.”

In addition to guard Bajar, Satria Muda also boasts a pair of American big men in Alex Hartman and Theo Little.

With a combination of height and speed, Fictor, whose local players have had extensive international exposure, hopes to offset his team’s relative lack of chemistry by playing hard-nosed defense.

“We’ll need to play tough on the defensive end to contain the Patriots,” Fictor said.

“If we can do that, I believe we can beat them.”

His club’s lone preseason match was on Tuesday against Pelita Jaya, which Satria Muda thumped 92-66, a result that pleased Fictor.

“It’s only a matter of time before the imports fully adapt to their local teammates and to our style of play,” he said. “Eventually, we’ll grow stronger.”

“A winning start is very important to us because it will boost our confidence going into our next games,” he added.

Hartman, who suited up for Satria Muda in a 2008 regional tournament that also featured the Philippines, offered his two cents’ worth.

“We need to get back in transition after we turn the ball over,” Hartman said. “Overall, the players are definitely better now than they were the last time I was here.”

The ABL, which tips off on Saturday in Jakarta and runs through February, will feature six clubs — Satria Muda, the Patriots, the Brunei Barracudas, the Kuala Lumpur Dragons, the Singapore Slingers and the Thailand Tigers.

After playing the Patriots in Jakarta, Satria Muda will fly to Bangkok for a game against the Thailand Tigers on Oct. 18, before returning home to face the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on Oct. 25.

Antara, JG

amdgc82
10-10-2009, 08:14 AM
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AIRASIA BECOMES OFFICIAL AIRLINE FOR ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Bernama - Saturday, October 10

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Low-cost carrier AirAsia has signed up as the official airline partner of the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

With the signing, AirAsia will provide the teams of the fledging ABL with free flights to their games throughout the region, the airline said in a statement today.

AirAsia's group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said the airline's support for ABL was a testament to its efforts in promoting sports in the Asean region.

"We believe that sports can play a crucial role in helping the diverse communities of Asean bond on a regional scale," he said.

AirAsia flies 113 routes to almost 60 destinations in all 10 Asean countries, as well as to China, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. -- BERNAMA

amdgc82
10-10-2009, 08:40 AM
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Imports will have to get used to FIBA rules in ABL
Posted on 09 October 2009.
By Les Tan/Red Hoops

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After watching four pre-season games between the Singapore Slingers and the visiting teams from the Philippines, one thing is for sure: Filipino fans don’t always agree with how Singapore’s FIBA*-certified referees call the game.

Part of the reason could be the fact that the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) plays by a different set of rules that is patterned after the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the USA.

The Philippine Patriots team owner Mikee Romero acknowledged as much.

“With the FIBA rules being implemented, it will almost be a no-hard, no-foul type of games,” he said recently. “So it’s very exciting but at the same time we want our team to be as tough as nails. That is why I got Louie Alas who is known to be very physical in terms of developing players.”

With Filipinos – and Americans – expected to dominate the ranks of the imports in all the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) teams, some culture shock is expected. The look on the faces of some of the players from Ginebra Kings, Coca-Cola Tigers and San Miguel Beermen during their games in Singapore said as much.

“FIBA [rules] doesn’t allow a hand check on your opponent when he has the ball but Filipinos are still used to using their hands a lot,” said FIBA umpire Andre Wong, who called two of the four pre-season games involving the Slingers last month.

“They are also not familiar with the three-second rule where you cannot stand inside the zone for more than three seconds for any offensive player,” he added. “The ref makes the judgment to play the advantage wherever possible but if the guy is in the post for a period longer than three seconds and gets the ball, he will be called.

“The PBA plays like the NBA where they protect the shooters. You can’t even touch the shooter. But if the contact doesn’t put the player off, we keep the flow going to avoid slowing down the game. Going to the three-point line all the time spoils the game,” said umpire Wong.

*International Basketball Federation (French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball)

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amdgc82
10-10-2009, 09:25 AM
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Saturday October 10, 2009
KL side play down chances in inaugural Asean Basket*ball League
By ERIC SAMUEL

KUALA LUMPUR: KL Dragons – the country’s first professional basketball team – unveiled their players for the first time yesterday and immediately played down their chances of making the playoffs in the inaugural Asean Basket*ball League (ABL).

With national coach Goh Cheng Huat at the helm, KL Dragons will have their work cut out for them when they face fancied teams from the Philippines (Patriots), Thailand (Tigers) and Indonesia (Satria Muda BritAma) in the six-team competition, which begins today.

The other two teams in the fray are Singapore Slingers and Brunei Barracudas.

“We do not know the actual strength of the other teams but we hope to make a strong impression nonetheless,” Cheng Huat said after the introduction of the KL Dragons players at a leading hotel here yesterday.

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Valuable addition: American Chris Lynch is welcomed by the cheerleaders at the launch of the KL Dragons team in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

“We do not have a pro-league like in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. Even our national championship is played over a month only. Hopefully, the introduction of the ABL will take the game up a notch here,” said Cheng Huat, who can count on two Americans – Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch – for a boost.

Each team are allowed to register five import players, including three from the South-East Asian region.

The 31-year-old Jamal, who plays for Ballaret Australia in the SEABL Championships, is no stranger here, having played a pivotal role in Petronas Malaysia’s triumph at the inaugural Malay*sia International Basketball Champ*ionship last year.

“I am familiar with some of the boys here and we should be able to click with a few more sessions,” said Jamal, who had recommended Lynch to the team.

The 1.98m-tall Lynch plays for the Perth Redbacks in Australia and was named the Most Valuable Player this year after leading the team to their first playoff season in five years.

Among the notable local players in the team are Wee Chuan Chin, Chai Chze Hian and John Ng Yeo Seng, who represented the country in three SEA Games since 2001.

Then there are Chee Li Wei and B. Guganeswaran, who both had playing stints in China with Hua Qiao University while pursuing their studies there in 2002.

The ABL kicks off in Jakarta today but the KL Dragons will only see action on Wednesday, when they take on Brunei Barracudas in their opening match at the MABA Stadium.

The league will adopt a home-away-home format (15 matches per team), with the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs.

Tickets are priced at RM25 for adults and RM20 for students below 22 years old.

The opening match (of the ABL) today will showcase the Philippines Patriots against the Indonesians. The two countries have a big following for basketball.

The squad:
Jamal Brown
Chris Lynch
Chee Li Wei
B. Guganeswaran
Koh Way Tek
Chan Chze Hian
Loh Shee Fai
Yeow Kee Aik
Kwaan Yoong Jing
Wee Chuan Chin
Ho Yeow Loong
John Ng Yeo Seng

Dragon's Fixtures:

Home: Brunei Barracudas (Oct 14), Thailand Tigers (Oct 31), Philippine Patriots (Nov 15), Thailand Tigers (Dec 13), Satria Muda BritAma (Jan 2), Philippine Patriots (Jan 9), Singapore Slingers (Jan 17).

Away: Brunei Barracudas (Oct 18), Satria Muda BritAma (Oct 25), Thailand Tigers (Nov 9), Singapore Slingers (Nov 22), Brunei Barracudas (Dec 9), Philippine Patriots (Dec 19), Singapore Slingers (Jan 11), Satria Muda BritAma (Jan 23).

amdgc82
10-10-2009, 09:32 AM
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Saturday, October 10, 2009, 09.26 AM
US pros power KL Dragons

AMERICAN professional Jamal Brown will renew his love with Malaysian basketball when he turns out for Kuala Lumpur Dragons in the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) on Wednesday.

One of two foreign signings by KL Dragons, Brown found the lure of returning to Malaysia hard to resist and jumped at the chance of playing in the ABL when approached by the team.

The 1.98m Brown, 32, is no stranger to local basketball, having inspired Malaysia Petronas to the 2008 Malaysian International Basketball Championship (MIBC) title.

Now Brown is back for more as KL Dragons set their sights on making the ABL playoffs.

"I'm excited to be back in Malaysia . When coach Goh (Cheng Huat) called to ask if I was interested to play, I said 'yes' without hesitation.

"Although I don't know much of the other teams in the league, I think our main aim should be to make the playoffs in this first season," said Brown at the team's launch in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Brown, who turned out for the Ballarat Miners in the 2009 Southeast Australian Basketball League season, recruited fellow American guard Chris Lynch to round out the import quota in the team which is essentially the Malaysian national team.

"We wanted players who could fit immediately into the team, someone we were already familiar with," said Cheng Huat.

"Jamal fits the bill and we asked him to find a player who he could get along with on the court, so he recommended Chris."

The season opens today with Satria Muda BritAma of Indonesia playing the Philippine Patriots in Jakarta while Singapore Slingers host Brunei Barracudas tomorrow.

KL Dragons play their first match against the Barracudas on Wednesday at Maba Stadium.

Thailand Tigers are the sixth team in the league.

"We don't have any idea of the strength of the other teams but we must at least finish in the top four to reach the playoffs," added Cheng Huat, who is also handling the national team in the on-going MIBC.

The ABL will be played over three rounds with the playoffs to begin on Jan 30 next year.

Teams are allowed a maximum of two Asean imports, two non-Asean imports and one player with one Southeast Asian parent.

KL DRAGONS:
Jamal Brown (US)
Chris Lynch (US)
Chee Li Wei
B. Guganeswaran
Koh Way Tek
Chai Chze Hian
Loh Shee Fai
Yeow Kee Aik
Kwaan Yoon Jing
Wee Chuan Chin
Ho Yeow Loong
John Ng Yeo Seng
Head coach: Goh Cheng Huat
Assistant coach: Soo Eng Heng
Manager: Wee Cheong Phor

amdgc82
10-10-2009, 04:00 PM
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RP Patriots open inaugural ABL season vs dangerous Indons
10/09/2009 | 09:39 PM

The Philippine Patriots enter enemy territory on Saturday when it opens the inaugural season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship against Indonesia at the Britama Arena in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Patriots, owing to the country’s lofty status of having the strongest basketball program in the region, are installed as the heavy favorites against Indonesia in what some believe as a preview to the championship.

But coach Louie Alas, who will miss the team’s opening game since he is still busy preparing Letran for its NCAA Final Four encounter against San Sebastian, downplayed the Patriots’ team-to-beat tag.

“The presence of imports gives everybody equal chances. Besides, we’re still in the getting-to-know stage, so lahat nangangapa at the moment."

“(Right now) we’re still trying to find the right formula for the team but I’m confident the boys will make the right adjustments during the game. They have to deliver and learn to play under pressure," added Alas.

Former PBA star Rob Wainwright and UAAP hotshot Khazim Mirza will lead the campaign for the Patriots, which will be reinforced by Americans Jason Dixon, the 6-foot-10 former Coca-Cola import, and ex-NCAA star Brandon Powell.

Jerwin Gaco, Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel, Neil Raneses, Mark Andaya, Ricky Ricafuente, Erwin Sta. Maria, Nat Cruz, Dino Daa, Hafer Mondragon and Warren Ybanes are the other members of the team.

“This is quite a competitive team but for us to beat Indonesia, we need total team effort. The locals must step up big time and must not depend on our imports most of the time," said Mikee Romero, who co-owns the team with businessman Tonyboy Cojunagco.

Cojuangco also urged the Patriots to play with pride and passion. “They (Patriots) should not allow themselves to be intimidated or be distracted by anyone."

Coaching the Patriots in their first two games is former PBA most valuable player Bogs Adornado. Alaso will also miss their Sunday’s game against the Singapore Slingers.

Team manager Erick Arejola is also wary on how Indonesia’s imports, – Alex Hartman and Theo Little, play. “We’re still facing a blank wall at this time but hopefully we can get video tapes of their games before we play them. We have already contacted one person but he has yet to deliver the tapes to us."

Indonesia’s Sutria Muda Britama will also have six members of their national team. Former PBA player Rensy Bajar will also suit up for the host squad. – GMANews.TV

amdgc82
10-10-2009, 04:05 PM
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BRING ON THE BARRACUDAS
Re-tooled Slingers ready for the tip-off of the inaugural ABL season
By Jonathan Wong

We are in this competition to win it and not just to make up the numbers. That is the ambitious target Singapore Slingers basketball player Kyle Jeffers has set for his team.

The 24-year-old American centre believes the Slingers are one of the favourites to claim the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) championship.

They take on the Brunei Barracudas tomorrow at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in their opening game in the region's first professional basketball league.

Said Jeffers: "We've shown that we can compete against the best in the region and there's a big target on our backs now. But we have to handle that."

Jeffers and his teammates overcame a 15-point deficit during the period of their final pre-season game last Saturday to beat reigning Philippine Basketball Association champions the San Miguel Beermen 71-65.

Four other clubs - the KL Dragons, Philippine Patriots, Thailand Tigers and Indonesia's Satria Muda BritAma - will compete in the ABL, which comprises 15 home-and-away games. The top four will progress to the play-offs in February.

Each club has a budget of US$1 million ($1.4 million) and an annual salary cap of US$400,000 for a squad of 12. The league itself has American company General Electric as the main sponsor.

Slingers headcoach Frank Arsego was delighted with the progress of the local players over the last month of training and their willingness to accept more responsibility on the court.

He said: "They've definitely stepped up their intensity level as we approach Sunday's game."

Added small forward Hong Wei Jian, 24: "That win against San Miguel, and the way we achieved it, definitely sends a message to the rest of the league. It also gives us confidence to start the season well."

Hong is one of seven Singaporeans on the 12-man Slingers roster.

Last season, forward Pathman Matialakan, 29, was the only local face in Slingers squad filled with international players when they played in the Singapore Challenge Series. But this season, the ABL has imposed a cap of two international players and another three from the Asean region.

This drastic change in the squad has led to adjustments in the Slingers' playing style. The average height of last season's team was 1.97m while this year's line-up is almost 10cm shorter.

Admitted assistant coach Neo Beng Siang: We will have to play to our strengths - a high tempo game with quick passing and rely on our shooting."

Over the four pre-season games, the team's field-goal percentage was above 40 percent, a satisfactory figure for Neo.

But a worrying statistic for both Arsego and Neo is the high number of turnovers - the Slingers committed 18 in their last game, well over the acceptable limit of 10.

Said Neo: "We will have to work on that and remind the boys not to lose possession so easily."

Arsego is hoping for a home win tomorrow will set the tone for the rest of the season. They have home court advantage for their first two games.

He noted: "It's important to start the season well as it creates a buzz around the whole team. Hopefully with the fans, we can make the stadium an intimidating fortress for the other teams."

jonwong@sph.com.sg

amdgc82
10-10-2009, 04:43 PM
saan ipapalabas ang laban? sa ABC5 ba?


ESPN

http://www.espnstar.com/tv-listings/region1/day1/

leon.guinto
10-10-2009, 08:02 PM
Patriots won over Britama forgot the score though...

amdgc82
10-10-2009, 08:03 PM
Patriots over SM BritAma. 76-69

amdgc82
10-10-2009, 08:09 PM
Patriots over SM BritAma. 76-69
For the gamestats -> http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/4466/01/09/82/216Znenq9QcR6/

CrossOver
10-10-2009, 08:24 PM
ESPN

http://www.espnstar.com/tv-listings/region1/day1/


ok thanks napanood ko sa ESPN laban.
Tom Singapore vs. Brunei 4pm Philippine Time :D

shyboy
10-11-2009, 12:49 AM
Patriots over SM BritAma. 76-69
For the gamestats -> http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/4466/01/09/82/216Znenq9QcR6/

Rensy Bajar played for SM BritAma.

D_I_A
10-11-2009, 01:48 AM
Patriots over SM BritAma. 76-69
For the gamestats -> http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/4466/01/09/82/216Znenq9QcR6/


Congrats sa Patriots!!!

amdgc82
10-11-2009, 07:05 AM
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Barracudas the dark horses
Yee Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Saturday, October 10, 2009

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THE much anticipated ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) tips off at 5pm today with a clash of the titans between two early favourites Satria Muda BritAma (Indonesia) and the Philippine Patriots at the BritAma Arena in Indonesia.

With a total of six teams competing in the league, the Patriots have been tipped as the favourites to take the crown. Satria Muda and the Singapore Slingers complete the league's so-called Big Three.

The Filipinos are no doubts the superpowers in the basketball arena in the region having won almost everything there is to win.

However, Satria Muda (the 2009 Indonesian Basketball League champions) and the Slingers (the 2008 Brunei Cup champions) are not far behind.

But there are plenty of dark horses with Brunei's representatives the Barracudas, KL Dragons (Malaysia) and the Thailand Tigers have all strengthened their squads with good imports which will help level the playing field somewhat.

(Each team are allowed to have two foreign imports, where each should not get more than US$10,000, three ASEAN and seven local players).

Barracudas, Brunei's first professional basketball team, headed by coach Bong Ramos from the Philippines, are banking on two American imports Lonnie Jones and Mike Pilgrim for the points.

Despite this Ramos played down their chances of upsetting the Big Three

the Barracudas coach naming three sides the Patriots, Satria Muda and the Slingers as favourites to win the league.

"The other teams in the league are getting their ASEAN imports from the Philippines. The Patriots are like a team with 10 ASEAN imports," said the 48-year-old Filipino.

The coach also said that the Filipinos could get better tune-up games as there were plenty of competitive teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

Ramos, meanwhile, identified the Slingers as a hard-to-beat team.

"They had spent extra money to invite teams from the PBA to prepare themselves for the ABL," said the ex-Indonesian national team coach.

The Slingers managed two wins and two losses in their Challenge Series including a 71-65 victory over PBA Fiesta Conference champions, San Miguel Beermen, on Sunday.

The Barracudas coach said that was a fair result adding that the Slingers had very good imports and their local players were all good shooters.

"They have managed good tune ups against good teams. I know they are a good team," said Ramos.

Having served as national team coach in Indonesia, Ramos could well help the Barracudas with his experience and valuable knowledge.

"I was there (in Indonesia in 2003) and I know how they play. Besides this I know that the Satria Muda too have got a very good Filipino point guard who will lead the team. Their imports are a 6ft 11in American and another 6ft 7in Canadian, who is a pure shooter," commented Ramos.

Asked about the other teams, the Filipino said: "I think that the KL Dragons are not far from the Indonesians. I chose the three teams because I think that they have the advantage and I don't have much ideas about the Thailand Tigers.

"I know the local players on the Dragons' roster are mostly former national players. I've coached the Philippine team and the Indonesian side and know that they have a lot of experience," added Ramos.

Meanwhile, Tony Tan, who helped coach the national basketball team after ex-national boss Bennett Palad left the position two years ago, feels that having the national players on the Barracudas roster will help improve the sport in the country.

"I know that the locals will become better from joining a professional team. They are under the hands of a very good and experienced coach and I know that they will surely improve," said Tony.

The coach, who took Yuan Tong Enterprise a team made up of the 2009 national players to a third place finish in the 2009 Brunei Pepsi Cup in August, feels that Brunei have a very good chance to make it into the knock out stages of the league.

"The team have got very good imports and I believe that they will be able to finish in the Top Four," said Tony.

But, he felt that there might be limited playing time for the locals.

"I think that only a few of them might get a couple of minutes on the court. There is just too big a gap in the quality of our local players and those from the other countries,"added the veteran national player.

"It's difficult because we are smaller in size and we can't put three locals with two imports if the other team are playing with four imports," he added.

He said the local players lacked height and speed compared to those coming from other countries.

"I know that the other teams have recruited their national players who have been playing for years. They have more competitions in other countries and they do it for a living. It's just different here," said Tony.

But Tony said Ramos had helped the local players a lot.

"He has taught them everything, starting from the basics. He has really done a good job."

Like Ramos, Tony too picked the Patriots as favourites to lift the cup at the end of the season, but said that the Indonesian team were the other side to beat.

"The Philippines and Indonesia emerged champions and runners-up at the 8th Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) tournament in June," added Tony.

The Barracudas are made up of American imports Jones and Pilgrim as well as the Filipino threesome of team captain Francis 'Kiko' Adriano, Don Camaso and Leo Avenido.

They will form the starting five of the team.

The imports are joined by local players vice- captain Esmond Tan, Benjamin Lim, Xavier Fong, Benjamin Sim and Presley Ho.

The rest of the Barracudas roster include Lim Aik Hock, Soon Kian Leong, siblings Hj Md Badri and Hj Md Rahmat Hj Suhaili, Jamri Ramlee and Muhd Mohzani Abd Ghani.

The Barracudas will open their campaign against the Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at 4pm tomorrow.

Teams will play in a home and away format culminating in playoffs for the top four teams. The final is scheduled to be held in Malaysia.

The Brunei Times

amdgc82
10-11-2009, 07:26 AM
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Singapore Slingers Team Preview: Who is the fifth starting Slinger?
Today
Story by Koh Yizhe and Jan Lin/Red Sports. Photos by Les Tan/Red Sports.

After four pre-season matches, the Singapore Slingers’ lineup is starting to take shape for as the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season tips-off for them today.

Kyle Jeffers, Al Vergara, Marcus Ng and Michael Leblanc have been brought in to strengthen the team, and they have greatly impressed during the pre-season matches. There’s no doubt they will start in the Slingers’ all-important first ABL match against the Brunei Barracudas.

This is pretty much what we expected, but the question is, who will be the fifth player? It will definitely be a local as there has been no announcement made about a fifth foreign player.

Let’s analyze each player, shall we?

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Local hero Hong Wei Jian is not 100% thanks to a hand injury. (Photo 1 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
#12 Hong Wei Jian, 24 years old

Hong Wei Jian is the only Singaporean to start all four pre-season games, but his performance in the last match left much to be desired after contributing only two points while giving the ball away four times. On top of that, he injured his right hand after a collision with Steven Khoo which left him with a classic case of good news and bad news.

The good news is that there isn’t a fracture as initially feared. However, the bad news is that the swelling hasn’t subsided and his right is almost twice the size of his left hand after a week.

His chances of starting the game which definitely be affected. Personally, however, he believes he can still play.

“After a week of going SSC for massages, it feels better, but there is a still a lot of swelling and a bruise is starting to form. However, I don’t think it would affect my performance as I have been training all week with no problems. I am able to play on Sunday, but if I get hacked on my wrist, it could get worse.”

“This injury will affect me mentally more than anything, but not so much physically.”

He was also visibly exciting about the fact that the match is going to be shown on ESPN.

“Did you know the match is going to be on ESPN? Although it probably wouldn’t affect our performance, but the we have that “feel good” feeling. Hopefully more fans will come down because they want to be on TV!”

With last week’s local starter not 100% match fit, will there be a change in the starting line-up? Maybe this is a chance for the other local players to show what they can offer to the team?

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#11 Michael Wong, 30 years old

A direct replacement for Wei Jian could be Michael Wong, but the 30 year old teacher from Hwa Chong Institution has yet to prove his worth to the coach.

Despite a solid performance in the first pre-season game against Coca-Cola Tigers when he scored 10 points in over 23 minutes of play, he has failed to impress since then.

“Its pretty tough juggling both being a professional basketball player and a teacher,” shared Michael. “There are days when I have to work quite late and when I come over for training, I don’t have that full of energy. Then when I get back home, I don’t really have ample rest because I have to wake up very early in the morning.”

With the struggles that he faces while balancing work and professional basketball, he probably isn’t the coach’s first choice when it comes to the starting five.

His inability to impress with the court-time time he had so far might have diminished the prospects of a starting slot for him, but Michael definitely brings experience and maturity to the team during crutch time as an effective substitution.

“One of the things that has kept me going besides my passion for the game is being a role model for those who may have always wanted to do this (balancing being a professional athlete and having a full-time job),” concluded the man who has taken the road less travelled by.

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Wong Wei Long is always looking for new ways to improve his game and is starving for playing time. (Photo 3 © Les Tan/Red Sports)
#5 Wong Wei Long, 21 years old

Since the start of the pre-season, a local player that has greatly improved is Wong Wei Long.

Although constantly in the shadow of the great Al Vergara, Wei Long is desperate to prove his worth with whatever limited time he has on the court.

In the comeback against San Miguel, Wong Wei Long only scored 5 points, but his vision and ball movement showed great progress since his first game against the Smart Gilas. He also started the fourth quarter and led his team at a crucial time to cut San Miguel’s lead before giving way to Al Vergara, the first choice point-guard.

“I was raring to go after seating on the bench for so long. So when the coach put me on, I tried my best to win every ball with plenty of energy,” reflected Wei Long after the match.

Always looking for ways to improve his game and finding avenues to help the team seems to be this 21 year old National Service (NS) boy’s sense of motivation.

“Each of us has role models to look up to and learn from,” shared Wei Long “For me, it is Al Veraga. He is the first choice point-guard and there is a lot to learn from him about his vision and passing. His ball handling is also far superior to mine – the difference is like heave and hell!”

“Of course, it would take hard work from my part to reach that level,” added Wei Long “And I’ll have to impress whenever I am on court to gain the coach’s confidence. I also hope to contribute more to the team with both points and vision.”

So much hunger can felt be from this passionate young player – it will be hard for Frank Arsego to ignore this fact for much longer.

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Steven Khoo will become a fulltime Slinger after in 32 days. (Photo 4 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports file photo)
#14 Steven Khoo, 24 years old

Yet another player that has to balance service to his country and professional basketball is Steven Khoo.

But unlike Wei Long, who just started NS, he only has 31 more days till he can become a full-time Slinger!

“I’ll have to prove to the coach what I can do on the court. I don’t think I have reached my best yet because of the lack of rest. After work, I have to train so I don’t get enough rest time,” said towering forward “But once I get out of NS, it will be Slingers all the way. With the focus, I believe I’ll get much better then.”

We definitely haven’t seen much from Steven, or what the potential he possess. It might be sometime before we see him as a starting player.

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#15 Path Matialakan, 29 years old

Another possible replacement for Wei Jian would be Pathman Matialakan.

But a very powerful forward or centre by nature, his playing style and roles is a great contrast with the more agile and active Wei Jian.

With his physical presence rather unsettling for his opponents, much of the scoring responsibility falls on his shoulders. He is expected to at least score in double digits to take some of the pressure off the foreigners.

However, during the pre-season, he hasn’t always been able to do that.

He started relatively well with a nine points and six boards performance in the first match and did one better with 10 points in the next. But he hit a snag in the third match against Ginebra with a mere two points.

After a talk with the coaching staff where he was told to be “more assertive and demand the ball”, he bounced back and had his best pre-season game with 13 points and four rebounds.

When asked about the start of the ABL and how such a big stage might affect his performance, Pathman remarked, “I am trying not to think so much about the occasion or the height of the opponents we will face. I want to concentrate on my own performance instead of all the little details that might derail me.”

“That might be hard with ESPN coming in to telecast our much. It doesn’t get any bigger than ESPN as they are the “worldwide leader in sports”, but I can’t be thinking about it. I have to get myself prepared and focus on the victory on Sunday.”

Much has also been said about the possibility of him being handed the captaincy. But of course, that’s a secret. If he is, however, it might increase his chances of being in the starting five.

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#7 Desmond Oh, 23 years old

There is no doubt about the defensive abilities of Desmond Oh. During his last match against San Miguel, he ran around the court like a man out to prove something. And proved something he did, as it was his defensive contribution that eventually won them the match.

Desmond Oh played tenacious defence on San Miguel’s Dondon Hontiveros after the latter got free for 13 of his 18 points in the 3rd quarter.

“We won because of our teamwork and defence, and we also shut their shooters down,” said Desmond after the match “When I was on the floor, I concentrated on my defence. My role was to man-mark their #7 (Hontiveros).”

His all teammates also sang praises for him after the match.

“I don’t like to single out players from the team, but I believe Desmond (Oh) played very well, especially in defense!” commented Michael Leblanc.

“Desmond (Oh) was great in defense,” analysed Wei Long “But he lacks confidence on the offensive front.”

Indeed, this is a cause for concern for both Desmond and team coaching staff. Even he admits that he is a defense player and the coach uses him solely for defensive reasons.

“Defensives is my focus and it’s the area that I work on in training,” said Desmond, clearly a man of little words. “I’ll have to learn to work on my offense and shooting. I have to take the opportunities to shoot when they present themselves to me.”

He will definitely have to work on his offense before he has any chance to be in the starting five.

amdgc82
10-11-2009, 07:43 AM
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Local players must stand up to be counted
05:55 AM Oct 10, 2009

SINGAPORE - If the Singapore Slingers are to become the first ever Asean Basketball League champions come February, their hopes will not rest on the strength of their four foreign imports, but the eight Singaporeans on the roster.

The new-look Slingers will begin their quest on Sunday when they take on the Brunei Barracudas at the Indoor Stadium at 4pm, and coach Frank Arsego is naturally cautious going into their season opener.

"We're going to concentrate a lot more on ourselves," Arsego told MediaCorp on Friday.

"They are definitely going to be very strong in their opening five or six players.

"At this stage, we're probably a little bit unsighted, not unlike our pre-season games where teams just came in and we didn't know much about them."

One of those teams was the Philippine Basketball Association champions San Miguel Beermen, whom the Slingers beat 71-65 last Saturday in a shock upset, with Slingers import Michael Leblanc leading the home team with 14 points.

Kyle Jeffers, another import, and Singaporean team captain M Pathman followed with 13 apiece.

Arsego knows that in order to do the same in the league, the Singaporeans have to step up, like they did against the Beermen.

"They'll (the foreign imports) have a big say in how we go this season, but in some games the imports from both teams will negate each other," said the coach.

"So it's going to be up to the local players to show that they've got quality.

"The Slingers don't just want to participate, we want to be successful."

Ticket prices for the Singapore Slingers v Brunei Barracudas match start from $8 and are available online and at the door. Ewan Mah

amdgc82
10-11-2009, 02:36 PM
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BritAma goes down in ABL opening game
Agnes Winarti , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sun, 10/11/2009 11:14 AM | Sports

Indonesia's Satria Muda Britama lost 69-76 to Southeast Asia's basketball giants, the Philippine Patriots, in the opening game of the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League in Kelapa Gading, Jakarta, on Saturday.

The four-time Indonesian champions, featuring three imported players - Filipino Rensy Morales Bajar and Americans Alexander Gordon Hartman and Theophilus Rahmone Little - were off to a promising start, leading 17-16 after the opening quarter.

The visiting team upped their game and collected 17 points against 15 to end the second quarter 33-32. The Patriots looked unchallenged in the third quarter, thanks to their expertise in three-point throws, which left BritAma trailing by 10 points. Although they managed to score more points in the fourth round, they failed to overcome the deficit.

"This was an exciting first game. We had a break in the third quarter. But still, it was a very tight game," Patriots assistant coach William Adornado told reporters after the game. "It was the first time we had played against SM, but we knew they were strong contenders," he said.

The Patriots featured two American players, the 6-foot-10 former PBA import Jason Dixon and ex-National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hotshot Brandon Powell, and former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) star Rob Wainwright.

"We played awkwardly today, not all-out yet. How come they trailed *local player* Faisal, who is still recovering from an injury?" SM coach Fictor Roring said.

Faisal Ahmad Julius contributed the team's highest points at 16 compared to Hartman's 13, Little's 12 and Bajar's 11. Other players in the lineup were Wendha Wijaya, Amin Prihantono, Wellyanson Situmorang and Christian Ronaldo Sitepu.

"Little played only 19 minutes, Hartman was not on his best form, missing lots of lay-ups, while Rensy's shots were not accurate. Nonetheless, we are confident we can fix the flaws and play better next time, as this is only the first game of the ABL season."

SM will face the Thailand Tigers in Bangkok on Oct. 18, before a home game against the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on Oct. 25.

The ABL championship, which runs until February, features BritAma, the Patriots, the Dragons, the Tigers, the Brunei Barracudas and the Singapore Slingers.

amdgc82
10-11-2009, 03:27 PM
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RP Patriots nip Satria Muda in ABL opener
10/11/2009 | 02:24 PM

JAKARTA , Indonesia - It was a day of firsts and the Philippine Patriots made sure to be a huge part of it.

The Asean Basketball League (ABL) tipped off Saturday at the Britama Arena here with the Patriots chalking up the first basket en route to the first victory in the tournament.

Robert Wainwright logged two records in one shot, hitting a three-pointer for the league’s first-ever basket and triple in helping the Patriots clinch a 76-69 win over Indonesian club Satria Muda Britama.

The Fil-Am forward actually drained two consecutive treys to spark the Philippine club’s campaign, but it took a while before somebody helped fan the flames and the Patriots got caught in a see-saw battle with the host squad until finally getting into the rhythm in the second half.

Both sides struggled with the way the referees handled the match—with handchecks and excess steps getting either too little or too much attention—and American journeyman Jason Dixon got caught in the confusion and was assessed two fouls in a span of four and a half minutes.

That meant huge adjustments so early for coaches Bogs Adornado and Ryan Dy. But it showed the flexibility and readiness of the squad that was assembled barely six weeks before tipoff, with Mark Andaya somehow ably filling in the void, a trio of guards calling the plays and a host of role players doing their jobs pretty well.

Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel and Warren Ybañez took turns running the plays as the Patriots slowly got into the groove, taking control after being separated from the Indon side by merely a hairline in the first two quarters.

And with Wainwright teaming up with former Florida Gator forward Brandon Powell in scoring, the Patriots held the upperhand for most of the last 20 minutes of play.

Alexander Hartman led the way as Satria Muda led, 17-16, and the home side matched pace with the Patriots, who were up, 33-32, at halftime.

The Philippine Patriots later caught fire, leading by as many as 13 points, 67-54, in the final frame before a late surge by Satria Muda on a triple by Filipino guard Rensy Bajar and four straight points by local Julius Faisal trimmed the gap to just three, 67-70, with just 40.8 seconds remaining.

To the chagrin of the home crowd, it was their team that absorbed the first-ever loss in the league, as Ybañez and Baguion doused cold water on their fiery run with three points from the stripe and Powell hitting an insurance basket to make it 75-67.

Powell scored 18 points while playing tough defense to limit Hartman to just 13 and Wainright finished with 15. Scoring sporadically but still being an imposing figure in the paint, Dixon managed to come up with 11 points.

Faisal led the Indon side with 16 points while import Theo Little had 13 and Bajar, who shockingly had an exchange of harsh words with fellow Filipino players and some officials over some physical play, finished with 11.

Baguion finished with eight points followed by Erwin Sta. Maria with six and Christian Coronel with five.

“It’s the first game but I told them to treat it like their last, just like a championship game," said Adornado, who together with Dy handled the job sans head coach Louie Alas, whose Letran Knights are still in the hunt for the ongoing NCAA title.

“Fortunately, they responded. Everybody delivered."

The Patriots again play on the road against the Singapore Slingers this weekend in the first home-and-away cage league in the region.

The scores:

RP Patriots 76 – Powell 18, Wainwright 15, Dixon 11, Baguion 8, Sta. Maria 6, Coronel 5, Ibanez 4, Gaco 4, Andaya 4, Mirza 1, Mondragon 0, Ricafuente 0.

Indonesia Satria Muda 69 – Achmed 16, Hartman 13, Little 12, Bajar 11, Prihantono 6, Sitepu 4,Sondakh 4, Gunawan 3, Wijaya 0, Seregar 0, Sitomorang 0.

Quarterscores: 10-12; 33-32; 56-46; 76-69.
- GMANews.TV

amdgc82
10-11-2009, 06:04 PM
Slingers 87-69 Barracudas

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amdgc82
10-11-2009, 08:30 PM
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Patriots dump Indons
By REY LACHICA
October 11, 2009, 3:40pm

Game Sunday
(Singapore Indoor Stadium)
4 p.m. — Singapore vs RP Patriots

JAKARTA, Indonesia — It was far from a perfect start but the Philippines Patriots still managed to deliver their message – loud and clear.

The Patriots put on a strong defensive effort to clobber Satria Muda Britama, 76-69, Saturday at the start of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Tournament at the Britama Arena.

Brandon Powell, the former teammate of Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah at the Florida Gators – the 2006-07 US NCAA champion – best typified the Patriots’ pesky defense, limiting the explosive Indonesia import Alexander Hartman to just three points in the final half.

After scoring 10 points in the first half, the 6-foot-7 Hartman, who led Indonesia to a stunning win over the Philippines in the SEABA tournament last year, struggled against Powell and Hafer Mondragon.

The 6-foot-5 Powell topscored for the Patriots – co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Dr. Mikee Romero and ABC-5 owner Tony Boy Cojuangco – with 18 points. He also had 9 rebounds and two blocks against four turnovers.

Immediately after the win, Romero, owner of multi-titled Harbour Centre, congratulated the team for the win.

“It was their first official game so there were moments of hesitation on their part. The team remains a work in progress but this is a big win for us and I hope this will send a message to all our rivals that we’re dead serious in winning the title,” said Romero.

Rob Wainwright, who had 15 points, became the first player to score the first basket and the first triple of the tournament.

Former two-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado, called the shots in the absence of head coach Louie Alas.

American Jason Dixon, the 6-foot-10 former PBA import, got into foul trouble early but went on to finish with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Indonesian 6-11 import Theo Little had 12 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the last two minutes.

RP Patriots 76 — Powell 18, Wainwright 15, Dixon 11, Baguion 8, Sta. Maria 6, Coronel
5, Ibanez 4, Gaco 4, Andaya 4, Mirza 1, Mondragon 0, Ricafuente 0.

Indonesia 69 — Achmed 16, Hartman 13, Little 12, Bajar 11, Prihantono 6, Sitepu 4,Sondakh 4, Gunawan 3, Wijaya 0, Seregar 0, Sitomorang 0.
Quarters: 10-12; 33-32; 56-46; 76-69.

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10-11-2009, 08:35 PM
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ABL NEWS | 10th October 2009
Satria Muda BritAma 67 – 75 Philippine Patriots

Saturday, 10 October 2009, Jakarta – Today saw the inaugural match of the ASEAN Basketball League take place at the BritAma Arena in Jakarta as Satria Muda BritAma went up against Philippine Patriots in a very close match

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In a hard fought game that went down the wire the visiting Patriots edged Satria Muda 75 to 67. American Brandon Powell top scored for the Patriots with 18 points while Faisal Achmad Julius led the Satria Muda assault with 16 points.

The exciting game was shown regionally over ESPN and was played in front of a crowd of about 3,000 raucous fans.

Dato Sri Tony Fernandes, Chairman of the ABL as well as Group Chief Executive Officer of regional airline Air Asia was looking forward to today – “Today is a great day for basketball in the ASEAN region as we see the ASEAN Basketball League come to life with two basketball giants going up against each other.”

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“It was a great exciting game that also delivered on the entertainment front. It has been a great journey here and after a year of preparation this a fantastic start to our fledgling league that we hope will grow into the future of sports and entertainment in the region.

For more information, please contact Mr Kuhan Foo, Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN Basketball League at +6012 331 1398 or email kuhan@aseanbasketballleague.com, or Samantha Surin, Marketing at +6016 219 8847 or email samantha@aseanbasketballleague.com.

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10-11-2009, 08:40 PM
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ABL NEWS | 11th October 2009
Singapore Slingers 87 – 69 Brunei Barracudas

Sunday, 11 October 2009, Singapore – Singapore Slingers met the Brunei Barracudas today at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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Both teams were neck-in-neck at the start of the match when Slingers pulled away in the third period where Slingers took a 17 point lead. They advanced their lead in the fourth period with a 20 point lead. The match ended with Slingers winning 87 – 69 against the Brunei Barracudas.

Michael LeBlanc led the Slingers to victory with 20 points total, which was closely matched by Barracudas’ Michael Pilgrim with 16 points. Leblanc is one of the four foreign imports playing for the Slingers. The other three are Kyle Jeffers, Al Vergara and Marcus Ng.

Brunei Barracudas team owner Ms Nadzaty Azma Azeez was happy with her team’s performance “After practicing for only 2 weeks as a full team, they showed great teamwork and could hold their own against the more experienced Slingers”

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“I am especially proud of our local players. This is more or less our first tune-up game given the lack of good competition we were able to find from within Brunei. So we can expect to get better once our fitness levels get better too. We definitely will continue to compete hard.”

Bob Turner, Managing Director of Singapore Slingers was very hopeful about the future of the ABL and basketball in the ASEAN region. “The most important aspect of today is not winning or losing but the start of such a historic for sports in the ASEAN region. From humble beginnings the ABL will emerge as a premier sporting league for the region and a win by the slingers in the first game will show Singapore that they have a team they can be proud of”.

The exciting game was shown regionally over ESPN and was played in front of a crowd of raucous fans who were zealously supporting their team.

For more information, please contact Mr Kuhan Foo, Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN Basketball League at +6012 331 1398 or email kuhan@aseanbasketballleague.com, or Samantha Surin, Marketing at +6016 219 8847 or email samantha@aseanbasketballleague.com

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10-11-2009, 08:50 PM
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Singapore Slingers Team Preview: ‘Four’eign Factor
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By Jan Lin and Koh Yizhe/Red Sports. Photos by Les Tan/Red Sports.

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Despite the apparent talent of the four foreign imports of the Singapore Slingers, the ‘Big Four’ are endorsing the sacred words of the great Michael Jordan: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

And although each team competing in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is allowed to recruit a maximum of 5 foreign talents – 2 international and 3 ASEAN – the Slingers has opted to recruit only 4 foreigners for the inaugural season.

While this gives room for a local talent to fill the final starting 5 spot, what is more important is understanding how recruiting the services of the foreign imports is effectively fundamental to unlock the potential of our local born-and-bred talents.

“Different people bring different things to the team,” shared Slingers’ head coach, Frank Arsego. “Obviously one of the things that held the locals back sometimes is the size factor in comparison to other teams. But they overcome that with great determination, they love to compete, they are quick.”

“We are fortunate that we have brought some sizing into our group,” he continued, “what we found out is that local players such as Pathman, who had played in center, this season will play in a more natural position as a power forward.”

“So guys who normally play in a bigger position, can now come out to play in a more natural position. That is the advantage of having the appropriate size factor across the floor and with this environment, it helps the local players to grow,” he asserted.

On top of technical strategy, Arsego also shared that the variety of personalities of the four foreigners has added much depth to the team dynamics for the Slingers. So let us give you a behind-the-scenes introduction of Slingers’ four foreign imports:

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#35 Michael LeBlanc, 31 years old, American

Underneath the cool no-nonsense veneer of Michael LeBlanc, is a man with a big heart. “God First! Then My Family! After that all else better stay in line!” has become the proverbial slogan of the 2.02m tall American.

LeBlanc was the top scorer for the Slingers in their final pre-season game against San Miguel Beermen last week with 14 points and 3 rebounds on his scorecard. And that was only LeBlanc’s second game.

“I don’t like to single out any players, but our bench played very well. Marcus (Ng) was strong on defense and so was Desmond (Oh). Pathman played well also,” said LeBlanc after the San Miguel game.

“It was not a great game for us, but it was the little things that won us the game,” reflected Leblanc, who has stressed that it is the collective team effort that matters to him more than his own good performance.

“These are the same little things that we were lacking in the previous game (against Ginebra Kings). Even when we trailed in the third quarter, we stayed positive and encouraged each other. We also played till the end and never game up. As a team, we showed our mental strength.”

Always setting high performance goals for himself, LeBlanc commented: “There are still a lot of areas I have to improve on. My turnovers are still a problem while I have to learn to be patient with the ball. I must seize my opportunities instead of always looking for easier ones.”

“The crowd was great!” said Leblanc on his playing experience in Singapore since making his debut just a fortnight ago. “It was not only the support for us, but the opposition crowd also pushed us to win the game.”

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#31 Kyle Jeffers, 24 years old, American

We have got a natural entertainer in Kyle Jeffers with his amazing ability to balance professionalism and fun, this foreign Slinger has to be our favourite (Ok, Jan’s at least). Not to mention, Jeffers has topped the score sheet for the Slingers’ pre-season campaign.

Averaging 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in the four per-season games, Jeffers is already looking ahead to possible honours. Never mind his unorthodox albeit entertaining court antics, Jeffers three-pointers should leave you salivating and chanting ‘encore’.

“We are definitely in a good position to win a lot of games in the ABL,” said Jeffers, who has also clocked the highest averaged playing minutes per game (32.7 minutes) in the pre-season campaign. “It will be hard competition, but our preparation has been very good. We’re ready.”

“The strength of this team is when we play together and when everyone can contribute together,” Jeffers remarked without hesitation in response to what the key to the team’s success will be. “We want to make it all the way to the championship round, and of course to win it.”

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#19 Al Vergara, 30 years old (in December), Filipino

The Slingers’ point guard has been a pillar of strength for the team with his composure and capability to cope under immense pressure. It should not come as a surprise that Al Vergara came out as the Slinger with the second most minutes per game in the fourth quarter in the pre-season.

“I’m very confident of the Slingers in the ABL, we practice every night and we had extra preparations in the pre-season, that’s why I’m very confident, especially in our local players too,” said the 1.70m Slinger who ended the pre-season campaign with an average of 11.5 points per game.

Vergara, who has been singled out by coach Frank Arsego a couple of times for his positive and aggressive approach against the Filipino oppositions, shared: “I know the Filipinos’ game very well, its tough to play them but we are ready for them especially for the ABL.”

“Its very different playing here and playing in the Philippines,” revealed Vergara, who debut for the Slingers in 2008. “It is a lot more structured and organised to play here, the coach likes us to be organised, especially in the half-court play. In Philippines, its a lot of one-on-one.”

Despite the menacing penetrator he is on-court, Vergara is actually a humble man of few words off-court.

“Actually before the pre-season started, I felt shy as I was the only Filipino in the team,” admitted the soft-spoken Vergara. “I felt that I needed to play well in the pre-season to show that even though I’m the only Filipino in the team, I can play well, especially for the ABL.”

Outside of basketball, Vergara shared that he likes to go to the mall, and – you guessed it – Lucky Plaza is his favourite ‘hang out’ with his Filipino friends.

“I like Singapore very much,” he said earnestly. “I’ve liked it very much since I came here the first time 2 years ago. It is very clean here, with very good discipline. And my family will be coming over from the Philippines for a holiday during Christmas.”

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#21 Marcus Ng, 24 years old (in December), Australian of ASEAN heritage

Many would think that the younger brother of former hot shot Slinger Darren “doctor” Ng has big shoes to fill when he donned his brother’s number 8 jersey during the pre-season, but judging from the classy act he has served up in the pre-season campaign, Marcus clearly belongs to a class of his own.

Besides his stunning finesse and intelligence on-court, the doctor-to-be is known to be extremely personable off-court. Sharing an apartment (provided by the management) with team mate Al Vergara, the Filipino revealed that Marcus is “a funny guy”, who has good jokes to share.

“It feels that the team has gotten better each game, we’ve been training together for a couple of weeks now, and things are finally coming together,” said the former Adelaide 36ers junior player, who admitted to an initial culture-shock when the pre-season tipped off.

“In the first game, I was caught a bit of guard by the Filipino style of play but now I’m getting used to it and it has made me a little stronger,” he said.

At the end of the pre-season campaign, Marcus has averaged a score of 7.8 points per game and has become arguably the most versatile Slinger.

He added: “Its a very different style of play in Australia. In Australia, its a lot more structured where over here, its a lot more running. You just got to be ready for some good shooters or some good penetrators. Its tough to know what to expect but I’m getting used to it now.”

“We probably need to keep gelling together and getting to know one another,” said Marcus, who has taken 6 months off his medical study in Adelaide and will return next March to complete his studies.

“I was supposed to come last year with my brother as a development player, but I got injured, so it has always been on the cards,” he added, “then with the formation of the new league this year, everything came together and fit into place.”

“Darren told me mostly positive things, and to just enjoy it here. I love it at Singapore so far, everything’s been good. I love the weather and the food,” Marcus shared. “But I’m only here for one season at the moment, we’ll see how things go but I’m really liking it so far.”

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10-12-2009, 07:45 AM
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Patriots walk tightrope but manage to dispose of Indons in A.B.L. opener
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Written by Aldrin Quinto / Subeditor
Sunday, 11 October 2009 20:52

JAKARTA—A win on the road. On opening day. Without the head coach.

Pretty good for a squad that started to take shape just a few weeks ago.

The Philippine Patriots, formed just over a month ago and completed only on Thursday, just a day before they left for Jakarta, came up with a huge 76-69 win over Indonesian club Satria Muda Britama on Saturday at the start of the Asean Basketball League at the Britama Arena.

With Filipino-American forward Rob Wainwright leading the way, the Patriots stamped their mark as the first winners of the six-nation, home-and-away league.

The Patriots led by as many as 13 points, 67-54, in the final frame before a late surge by Satria Muda on a triple by Filipino guard Rensy Bajar and four straight points by local Julius Faisal trimmed the gap to just three, 67-70, with just 40.8 seconds remaining.

But the Patriots, who planed in just a couple of hours before midnight Friday, managed pressure well and kept Satria Muda at bay.

A day of firsts

SHOWING little ill effect of the long trip from Manila, Wainwright went off to a fast start and logged two records in one shot, hitting a three-pointer for the league’s first-ever basket and triple.

The versatile forward actually drilled in two consecutive triples to spark the Philippine campaign, but it took a while before somebody helped fan the flames.

A few minutes passed before anybody else could chip in to the Philippine side’s offense, American reinforcement Jason Dixon scoring on a basket at close range and his alternate Mark Andaya hitting two. By that time, six players from the Indonesian side had made it to the scoreboard to lead after the first quarter, 17-16, and they continued to match pace with the Patriots, who took a slim 33-32 halftime advantage.

It was only in the second half when the Filipinos took control, with former Florida Gator forward Brandon Powell scoring 11 of his 18 points while playing tough defense on Satria’s main man Alexander Hartman.

While the Patriots recorded a number of positive firsts in the league, the Indonesian club was the first to ever absorb a loss, to the chagrin of the huge crowd.

Lieutenants take charge

Both sides struggled with the way the referees handled the match—with hand checks and excess steps getting either too little or too much attention—and American journeyman Dixon got caught in the confusion and was assessed two fouls in a span of four and a half minutes.

That meant huge adjustments early for coaches Bogs Adornado and Ryan Dy, but it showed the flexibility and readiness of the squad that was assembled barely six weeks before tip-off.

“It’s the first game but I told them to treat it like their last, just like a championship game,” said Adornado, who, together with Dy, handled the job sans head coach Louie Alas, whose Letran Knights are still in the hunt for the National Collegiate Athletic Association title.

“Fortunately, they responded. Everybody delivered,” Adornado added.

Wainwright finished with 15 while Dixon, despite early foul trouble, managed 11 points.

Froilan Baguion finished with eight points followed by Erwin Sta. Maria with six and Christian Coronel with five.

Hartman, who had been explosive in previous meetings with other RP-based squads, was limited to just 13.

Physical play

It was quite a physical match, but to the surprise of the Filipinos in the gallery, it was Bajar, a former Philippine Basketball Association player, who had a brush with the Philippine club.

After being seen apparently exchanging pleasantries with the Patriots and their staff, Bajar was a different man at crunch time when his side was trying to play catch up, and later began a verbal attack almost à la Serena Williams on his compatriots, including the amiable Patriots team manager Erick Arejola, over some physical play at centercourt.

It was just six weeks ago when Mikee Romero announced tryouts for the Philippine club that will see action in the newly formed league. Assembling a competitive squad has never been a problem for the owner of the Harbour Centre squad that won seven consecutive championships in the Philippine Basketball League, but it was quite a different task in the novel ABL—where rules allow clubs to sign several foreign reinforcements from outside the continent and a few more from within the region while working on a tight budget.

Still, Romero and Patriots co-owner Tonyboy Cojuangco got a talented lineup that was filled just Thursday with the entry of former PBA player Warren Ybañez.

That completed a trio sharing the job calling the signals—Ybañez, Baguion and Coronel—complementing hard-nosed role players including Jerwin Gaco, Khasim Mirza, Sta. Maria and Ricky Ricafuente, a group that Romero hopes would help him add to his numerous titles. One of the most successful basketball team owners in the Philippines, Romero’s teams won seven consecutive PBL championships, the 2007 Southeast Asian Games and Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championships gold medals, among others.

“We really haven’t had a lot of time as a team, but with the talent in the team, it’s just a matter of time before we pick up. I’d give us maybe our first two to three games and we’ll get into the flow,” said Wainwright.

The Patriots again play on the road against the Singapore Slingers this weekend in the first home-and-away cage league in the region. Others seeing action in the league are the Brunei Barracudas, Thailand Tigers and Kuala Lumpur Dragons.

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10-12-2009, 08:01 AM
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Patriots book first win in Asean league
(The Philippine Star) Updated October 12, 2009 12:00 AM

JAKARTA – The Philippine Patriots made the first basket in the inaugural Asean Basketball League and went on to record the first win – a 76-69 victory over Indonesian club Satria Muda Britama at the Britama Arena here Saturday.

Robert Wainwright hit a three-pointer for the league’s first basket and came through with another triple to help power the Patriots to the victory in a tightly fought contest.

Both sides endured spotty officiating with hand checks and excess steps given too much attention with RP’s import Jason Dixon drawing two fouls in a span of four and a half minutes.

But coaches Bogs Adornado and Ryan Dy made timely adjustments with Mark Andaya stepping up and the troika of Froilan Baguion, Christian Coronel and Warren Ybanez taking turns in running the plays for the Patriots.

They settled down in the third quarter, outscoring their rivals, 23-14, as they took a 10-point lead heading into the last period.

Wainwright combined with former Florida Gator forward Brandon Powell as the Patriots raced to a 67-54 lead before thwarting a late surge by Satria Muda on a triple by Filipino guard Rensy Bajar and four straight points by local Julius Faisal that closed that gap at 67-70, 40.8 seconds remaining.

“It’s the first game but I told them to treat it like their last, just like a championship game,” said Adornado, who took over for head coach Louie Alas, who is still with Letran in the NCAA.

The Patriots again play on the road against the Singapore Slingers this weekend in the first home-and-away cage league in the region.

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10-12-2009, 08:03 AM
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Basketball: Singapore Slingers beat Brunei Barracudas in opening ABL match
By Patwant Singh, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 11 October 2009 2211 hrs

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Slingers got off to a winning start in the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League, by defeating Brunei's Barracudas 87-69 to win the team's first match.

Despite only a thousand fans showing up at the Indoor Stadium to cheer on the home team, the Slingers were in control of play, leading the first quarter 20-13.

Brunei, however, narrowed the gap in the second quarter, but the Slingers domination continued and they finally secured victory.

Fitness was a slight problem as the team has only been together for five weeks, instead of the eight weeks normally required for a pre-season programme.

"So at this point in time, probably for the rest of the month, we would be doing extra things to bring us up to where we believe will get us through the whole season at a high level," said Frank Arsego, Head Coach, Singapore Slingers.

Organisers are however confident that spectator numbers would be up for the next match between Singapore and the Philippines. And with the Filipino team also winning their first match on Saturday against Indonesia, a cracker of a match is expected between the Patriots and Slingers next Sunday.

- CNA/sc

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10-12-2009, 08:12 AM
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LeBlanc rises to the occasion
A confidence boost for Slingers before Patriots clash
by Raj Kumar rajkumar@mediacorp.com.sg
05:55 AM Oct 12, 2009

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Michael LeBlanc (in yellow) was the hot hand throughout, scoring 20 points. OOI BOON KEONG

SINGAPORE - Eight days ago, Michael LeBlanc was the star man for the Singapore Slingers in their 71-65 upset win over the defending Philippines Basketball Association champions, San Miguel Beermen, in the Singapore Challenge Series.

LeBlanc's 14 points helped the home side post a stunning victory in front of 3,000 Filipino supporters at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The 2.02-metre tall American forward was at it again last night, pouring in 20 points as the Slingers romped to an 87-69 win over the Brunei Barracudas in their Asean Basketball League (ABL) season-opener.

In front of 1,100 fans at the Indoor Stadium, 31-year-old LeBlanc converted two free throws just 30 seconds after tip off to set the tone and he was the hot hand throughout for the Slingers.

After a tight first-half, the Slingers pulled away in the final two quarters to start their inaugural campaign in the ABL on the front foot.

Said LeBlanc, after the game: "Personally, I don't look at my own performance. I look at the overall team performance and the win is the most important thing to me. I don't care if I have 90 points or if I have one point because as long as we win, I'll be happy.

"This was an overall team effort. If I need to single out one player, it'll have to be Kyle Jeffers, he was amazing in rebounding (eight rebounds). He single-handedly was able to take on two guys at the same time and dominate the scoring boards.

"That was a key ingredient as it allowed us to run, get our fast-break game going and gave everyone else confidence."

At half-time, the Slingers led 38-37, but by the end of the third period, the Singapore franchise were up 69-52 and there was no way back for the visitors.

Coach Frank Arsego's half-time pep talk clearly worked a treat.

Said LeBlanc: "He just told us to keep doing what we believe in. We played four tough exhibition games and had long training hours in the build-up to this game.

"We simply got down to the basics of who we are ... running fast, making plays and playing good defence. Brunei's got a few good players, but eventually, we wore them down."

Singapore national cager Wong Wei Long, a guard, was impressive coming off the bench, contributing 14 points, with four baskets coming from 3-point land, including two key scores in the third period.

Singapore's M Pathman and Filipino import Al Vergara also chipped in with 10 points each, as the Slingers got the confidence boost they needed before their huge clash against the ABL-title favourites, the Philippine Patriots, at the Indoor Stadium this Sunday.

The Patriots beat Indonesia's Satria Muda 76-69 in Jakarta on Saturday.

Said Arsego: "I've not seen the Patriots in action as yet, but I'm sure they'll be coming here with a great deal of confidence.

"But our players will not be giving in to them. You've seen what our boys are capable of if they work together and stop losing possession too easily.

"As for the fans, if you liked what you saw today, spread the word around and bring your friends next week. We know that thousands of Filipinos will be coming to support the Patriots.

"We hope Singaporeans will come and cheer for the Slingers as this is your team."

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10-12-2009, 08:13 AM
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Third quarter spurt propels Slingers to decisive 87-69 win over Barracudas in ABL
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Story by Erwin Wong, Jan Lin and Koh Yizhe/Red Sports.

Singapore Indoor Stadium, Sunday, October 11, 2009 – With an early nine-point lead in the season-opening match and the opponents on the rack, the last thing the Singapore Slingers needed was to allow the Brunei Barracudas back into the game.

That they did after a tactical masterstroke from Barracudas coach Geraldo Ramos, but the Slingers pulled away with an authoritative third quarter display to clinch their first ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) win with a decisive 87-69 victory.

The usual suspects carried the scoring load for the Slingers, with Michael LeBlanc scoring 20 points and Kyle Jeffers adding 15 to lead five Slingers in double figures. The latter was a monster on the boards, cleaning up for 20 rebounds, while LeBlanc had 10 of his own for a double-double as well.

Wong Wei Long, though, was a surprise entry on the scoring leader board with his 14 points off the bench. The backup point guard, who averaged 3.7 points in pre-season, was deadly from three-point range and scored all four of his treys in the second and third periods, which was when the game turned on its head.

After Steven Khoo scored inside for a 25-16 lead a minute into the second period, it looked like the Slingers would run away with it. Their lightning-quick running game and pressure defence right from tip-off flummoxed the Barracudas into two quick turnovers, and coach Ramos had to call for a timeout barely three minutes in.

His second one, with 7:16 to go in the half after Leonidez Avenido had scored to cut the deficit to seven, stymied the Slingers the rest of the period. The Barracudas came out with a 1-2-2 zone defence which caught the Slingers off-guard, and four consecutive missed shots and a13-2 run later, the Bruneian team found themselves with their first lead of the match.

“I credit their coach who did a fantastic job,” said Slingers head coach Frank Arsego after the match. “They went to a zone defence, which is something that we haven’t had any practice against apart from our own training, and so that was a challenge and obviously our shooting wasn’t up to standard and that allowed them back in.”

LeBlanc answered back with a three-pointer for a 30-29 Slinger lead, but both teams traded leads back and forth over the next two minutes before Wei Long leveled the scores at 35 and cancelled out the Barracudas’ largest lead of the game with a wing trey, and was fouled on the shot for a chance for the rare four-point play. But he missed from the charity stripe and was a dismal 0 of 5 from the line for the game, something which he addressed after the game that he had to work on, among other things.

“My ball handling isn’t good yet. I still have a lot to learn from Al (Vergara). My free throws are also something that I have to work on – I shot zero out of five!” said the full-time national serviceman. “The stage is very big with this being the first ABL game so I have to say I was rather nervous. However, this is no excuse and I’ll have to improve on this area.”

The Slingers took a slim 38-37 lead into the second half, but it appeared that the Barracudas’ bark was greater than their bite, as the Slingers ran riot from then on. Vergara’s three-pointer after brilliant ball-movement from his teammates set the tone right from the onset of the period, which saw the Bruneian defence wilt under pressure.

The Slingers scored nine unanswered points, and by the time Avenido ended his team’s futility on their offensive end with a reverse layup, they trailed by double digits to a rampant Slinger team. The lead grew to 14 when Desmond made a wide-open three-pointer for his first field goal of the campaign, 17 with another Wei Long trey, and then to 22 points at 69-47 when he sank his fourth from downtown. This was not lost on Barracudas’ coach Ramos, who put up Wei Long’s name when asked which local Slinger impressed him the most.

“The local point guard; the one who was taking the three-pointers. I was surprised he was a good shooter.”

A modest Wei Long attributed it to the team for his quickfire points. “It was thanks to the team that I was able to play the way I did. We executed the plays well and I managed to get some open threes.”

And although he ended the quarter with a couple of missed free throws, it failed to take the shine off a commanding team performance which saw excellent ball movement (9 assists on 13 made field goals), steely defence and steady possessions (forcing 5 turnovers while only committing 1), all of which translated into a healthy lead after outscoring their opponents by more than double in this key third quarter.

Slingers coach Arsego was pleased with the win, and especially with the third-quarter turnaround after a tepid second. “I told them I think we had to be more assertive. I think we were just turning it off and on, and I didn’t think we had the energy level to match their energy level. I think that has to be one of the key ingredients for our group because once we did that, I think the game opened up in a big way.”

The Barracudas could only close to within 13 points in the final quarter, which saw Hong Wei Jian back under the spotlight after Wei Long’s earlier three-point exhibition. The former, still nursing a hand injury sustained last week, had two crowd-pleasing dunks, but was delighted with his ball-handling as well.

He said, “I had no turnovers today – a first for me. I didn’t get to shoot much, but managed to get two dunks. If I had to rate my performance, I would say it’s a 7 out of 10.”

American import Mike Pilgrim led the Barracudas with 16 points, but was beset with foul trouble early on, and eventually fouled out with 7:21 to play, as did Filipino import Celedo Camaso. His countryman Avenido added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, but Ramos was pleased with the efforts from the local players who brought points and rebounds off the bench.

“I’m happy especially for Esmond and Lim Chee Choun. I’m happy for these two guys as they really tried their best, worked very hard, and this is a very good experience for them.”

Lonnie Jones, Pilgrim’s teammate and fellow American, had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks, including a huge swat of Lim Wai Sian’s wing trey late in the game.

“I’m a positive player and I did not feel that he would block my shot when I saw him coming my way. But perhaps I should have faked the shot attempt.”

Wai Sian made his debut in the game midway through the fourth quarter, which was his first Slinger minutes since the second quarter of the game against Ginebra Kings nearly two weeks ago, but stayed positive despite his lack of court action.

“I’m not angry over this, but I will need train harder as we are all fighting for playing time.”

He closed the game out with four other local players – Pathman, Steven, Michael Wong and Desmond – as they played the final 1:58 together that was an encouragement to local players here who dream of playing on the greatest stage.

Arsego said, “My job is to be successful with the group and my job is to give experience and opportunities to our players, and as the season goes on, I want to reward the guys who have put in (effort) at training.”

One of them is Wei Jian, who is still basking in the moment. “It is definitely a dream come true for me to be able to play professional basketball in Singapore – something not many people have done.”

The Slingers will next play the Philippine Patriots next Sunday, October 18, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The latter beat a much-favoured Satria Muda Britama team in Jakarta yesterday, and it promises to be an intriguing matchup.

“I’m sure that we will be challenged. They have their imports and Filipino players,” said Arsego. “For us, we have to put in some good preparations. We have to spend time on improving the things that we didn’t do well here today.”

It will also be back to the drawing board for Ramos, as he has only three days to prepare for the Barracudas’ next game against the Kuala Lumpur Dragons, while he reflects on today’s match with the Slingers.

“Honestly, this is our first game, which is like a tune-up again for us. We haven’t had a tune-up game. My two American imports have been here for around two weeks only. The way I looked at it, I’m happy, the team didn’t give up. Perhaps more games and training is needed to work on a lot of things.”

Scoring breakdown by quarter:
Singapore Slingers v Brunei Barracudas
1st Q: 20-17
2nd Q: 18-24
3rd Q: 31-15
4th Q: 18-17
Final score: 87-69

amdgc82
10-12-2009, 08:20 AM
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ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
S'pore beats Brunei 87-69
By Jonathan Wong

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The Singapore Slingers outscored the visitors 31-15 in the third quarter to seize control of the game and never lost the lead again. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

THE Singapore Slingers defeated the Brunei Barracudas 87-69 in their opening game of the inaugural season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

Leading all scorers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium was Slingers' forward Michael Leblanc with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

It was a tense first half at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as the home side held a slender 38-37 lead going into the interval. A tirade by head coach Frank Arsego in the dressing room drew the required response from his players.

They outscored the visitors 31-15 in the third quarter to seize control of the game and never lost the lead again.

The Slingers next take on the Philippine Patriots on Sunday - who opened their campaign with a comfortable 76-69 victory over Indonesia's Satria Muda BritAma on Saturday.

There are a total of six clubs, including the KL Dragons and Thailand Tigers who will compete in this season's ABL, which comprises 15 home-and-away games. The top four will progress to the playoffs in February.

amdgc82
10-12-2009, 09:10 AM
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Foul trouble foils Barracudas
Yee Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Monday, October 12, 2009

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THE Barracudas started their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season on a losing note going down 87-69 to the Singapore Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium yesterday.

Mike Pilgrim led the Barracudas with 16 points and Leo Avenido chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds.

Another American import Lonnie Jones scored 13 points and had five block shots for a losing cause.

On the other hand, the Slingers' American imports of Kyle Jeffers and Michael Leblanc each posted double-doubles.

Leblanc topscored with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Jeffers posted 15 points and 20 rebounds.

The turning point of the game occurred in the decisive third quarter when the Slingers exploded on offence to outscore their opponents 31-15 that allowed them to extend their lead to 69-52 heading into the final stanza.

The 2008 Brunei Cup champions held on to the momentum and never relinquished their lead securing their first victory in style.

Despite having to settle as second best, coach Bong Ramos felt that his team had done the best they could in their opening match after only two weeks of training with a complete roster.

"My anticipation about the Slingers was right. I knew they were going to be a tough team to beat but we have tried our best to put up a good fight," said Ramos.

"I'm happy with what I saw but we'll need more work on a lot of things especially our stamina," added the ex-Indonesian national coach.

Having led 20-13 in the opening quarter, the Slingers went cold from the field in the second stanza as they were held scoreless for more than three minutes a period that saw the Barracudas grab the lead at 29-27 from the hosts for the first time in the game with less than four minutes left in the period after a three-pointer by Benjamin Lim.

However, back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute helped the Slingers maintain a 38-37 advantage heading into halftime.

Ramos said they had a chance in creating an upset but felt that it was foul trouble that kept them out of the game.

"We played the second quarter very well and made it a close match but foul trouble changed the momentum of the game. I was forced to take Mike (Pilgrim) and (team captain Francis) Adriano out of the game due to foul trouble and it really made things hard for us," added the 48-year-old Filipino.

However, the coach still feels that the match is a good learning curve for his players.

"I'm proud of the players including the locals especially Benjamin Lim and Esmond (Tan). It is a good experience for them," added the Barracudas coach.

Vice-captain Tan contributed seven points and six rebounds while Lim got on the scoreboard with three points.

Ramos believes that the Slingers are the team to beat in the league after seeing how fit they were in the running game.

"The Indonesians (Satria Muda) and Filipinos (Patriots) will have to look out for the team as they are in top shape," commented Ramos.

Brunei Barracudas team owner Nadzaty Azma Azeez, meanwhile, was happy with her team's performance despite the Singapore loss.

"After practising for only two weeks as a full team, they showed great teamwork and could hold their own against the more experienced Slingers," said Nadzaty in a Press statement.

"I am especially proud of our local players. This is more or less our first tune-up game given the lack of good competition we were able to find from within Brunei. So we can expect to get better once our fitness levels get better too. We definitely will continue to compete hard," added Nadzaty.

The Barracudas will hope to bounce back in their next game against the KL Dragons at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

The Brunei Times

amdgc82
10-12-2009, 09:15 AM
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Monday, October 12, 2009
Barracudas Lose Opening Match

Brunei Barracudas started the Asean Basketball League on the wrong foot after losing their opening match against Singapore Slingers 87-69 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium yesterday.

Michael Pilgrim, the American import for Barracudas has a high of 16 points to counter Michael LeBlanc of the Slingers who hit 20 points.

Both teams were neck-in-neck at the start of the match when Slingers pulled away in the third period where Slingers took a 17-point lead. They advanced their lead in the fourth period with a 20-point lead. The match ended with Slingers winning 87-69 against the Brunei Barracudas.

Brunei Barracudas team owner Nadzaty Azma Azeez was happy with her team's performance. "After practising for only two weeks as a full team, they showed great teamwork and could hold their own against the more experienced Slingers."

"I am especially proud of our local players. This is more or less our first tune-up game given the lack of good competition we were able to find from within Brunei. So we can expect to get better once our fitness levels get better. We definitely will continue to compete hard."

Bob Turner, Managing Director of Singapore Slingers was very hopeful about the future of the ABL and basketball in the Asean region.

"The most important aspect of today is not winning or losing but the start of such a historic for sports in the Asean region. From humble beginnings the ABL will emerge as a premier sporting league for the region and a win by the slingers in the first game will show Singapore that they have a team they can be proud of."

The exciting game was shown regionally over ESPN and was played in front of a crowd of raucous fans who were zealously supporting their teams. Brunei's Barracudas will next face KL Dragons on Wednesday, Oct 14 at the MABA stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

amdgc82
10-12-2009, 09:57 AM
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Patriots Sink Frigid Satria Muda
October 11, 2009
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Satria Muda Britama, so dominant in its domestic league, made a rough debut in the Asean Basketball League.

The Indonesian Basketball League juggernaut lost its ABL opener at Britama Arena Sportsmall in Jakarta on Saturday, falling 76-69 to the Philippines Patriots.

Faisal Ahmad led Satria Muda with 16 points. The team’s American imports were the next best, with Alex Hartman finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Theo Little grabbing 11 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

That was not good enough for Satria Muda coach Fictor Roring, though, who demanded more from his foreign players.

“At such a competition level, [the foreigners] should have more of an impact on the team,” he said. “But it’s only our first game. I feel confident for the next games, and I have faith in our imports.”

He also said his team showed jitters while making their debut in the regional league, adding that he planned to focus on transition defense in practice.

Brandon Powell scored 18 points to lead the Patriots, while Robert Wainwright added 15.

The Patriots held a slim 33-32 lead after a back-and-forth first half, but Satria Muda turnovers quickly saw that lead increase. Knocking down three of their seven 3-pointers, the visitors pushed their advantage to 56-46 after three quarters.

Satria Muda clawed back into the game despite Little fouling out in the fourth quarter. Rensy Bajar and Faisal each hit 3-pointers to trim the Patriots’ lead to 70-66 with less than a minute to go, only for the comeback to ultimately fall short.

Patriots assistant coach Williams Adornado said Satria Muda made life difficult for his team.

“It was a very exciting game. We made the break in the third quarter, but the host fought back. It was a very tight game,” he said.

Team manager Frederick Arejola added: “Everyone — the players, coaching staff and officials — really stepped up today. They answered the challenge given by the management.”

Satria Muda will attempt to earn its first ABL victory when it travels to face the Thailand Tigers on Oct. 18.

On Sunday, the Singapore Slingers made a victorious ABL debut with an 87-69 rout of the Brunei Barracudas at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Michael Leblanc led the hosts with 20 points, while Michael Pilgrim scored 16 to lead Brunei. ABL

amdgc82
10-13-2009, 09:09 AM
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Watch out for these Patriots
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Written by Aldrin Quinto / Subeditor
Monday, 12 October 2009 20:55

HOME on Monday, back on the road on Friday.

In between, the Philippine Patriots look to make the needed changes as they prepare for another tough weekend and face an even tougher rival in the Singapore Slingers.

The young Philippine club began its campaign in the Asean Basketball League on Saturday, scoring a rather shaky 76-69 road win over Satria Muda Britama Indonesia in Jakarta.

Formed barely six weeks ago, the squad oozes with talent but still lacks experience, as evidenced in the game against the Indons.

The Slingers, on the other hand, are a well-developed bunch—for years seeing action in various tournaments, including the Australian league—and have played friendlies with a number of national squads, including the Philippines.

The Slingers began their campaign at home on Sunday, chalking up a big 87-69 triumph over Brunei, considered a youngster in the international basketball scene that other officials of the six-nation tournament agreed to allow it to sign more internationals, including three Filipinos.

Against the Indon side, the Patriots took control and moved ahead by double figures, although not as they had planned and not before being drawn into a seesaw battle by Satria Muda. The offense was not as fluid as the coaching staff wanted it to be. Defense, as in the cliché, was the key, although at times also they seemed rather slow in responding to the Indon side’s pick and roll.

“Defense, medyo nahirapan tayo. And pati offense, medyo hindi pa rin talaga smooth. Actually kaya tayo nanalo, depensa din,” said coach Ryan Dy, who, together with Bogs Adornado, took charge in the absence of head coach Louie Alas.

Backcourt duo Froilan Baguion and Christian Coronel came up with huge plays, including back-to-back steals by the latter that resulted in baskets that helped them take a 56-46 lead.

Former Florida Gators forward Brandon Powell is a good scorer and defender, although at times he seemed out of sync of sorts as the guards ran the plays, while the other role players, although they did their jobs pretty well, were far from a perfect fit, thus the constant line changes.

“Maraming adjustments for Singapore. We expect improvements. Kailangan lang talaga ng konti pang panahon para sila mag-jell,” Dy added.

Still, a win is a win and although not that pretty, the team will take it.

“The team is very young and proud ako sa kanila, kahit nahirapan, hindi talaga sila nagpatalo. It was a very important win kasi it was the first game. A few more games and we’ll be much better,” said team manager Erick Arejola.

amdgc82
10-13-2009, 09:28 AM
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Lost in 'communication'
Jason Thomas
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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THE Barracudas' captain Francis 'Kiko' Adriano believes the team need to work on their communication if they want to stand a chance at beating the KL Dragons in their next ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) match tomorrow.

Opening their ABL campaign with a 87-69 loss to the Singapore Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday, the team representing Brunei in the regional league will be looking to bounce back when they face the Malaysians at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

The Barracudas only had two weeks of training with a complete roster, and after the defeat to 2008 Brunei Cup champions, Adriano knows just what the team should improve on.

"We did not have enough communication, especially on defence," he said in a telephone interview from Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

"We also need to play more aggressive and execute more on our plays.

"It was the first time we played against some real opposition so now we know what adjustments we have to make.

"We cannot promise to win the game (against the Dragons) but we will do our best," added the Filipino shooting guard.

Forced to take American forward Mike Pilgrim and Adriano out of the game due to foul trouble, the team's coach Bong Ramos said that their withdrawal made Sunday's very tough game the Slingers are one of the ABL's Big Three even harder.

Despite this Ramos was happy with what he saw and said that he was proud of the players the coach picking out Benjamin Lim and Esmond Tan for special praise.

Vice-captain Tan contributed seven points and six rebounds while Lim got on the scoreboard with three points.

"I think I did alright," said a nonchalant Tan yesterday.

"I think we have a better chance of beating the Dragons since the Slingers have been training together for quite a while and are tougher to beat.

"The team (Barracudas) have to improve on defence and make more passes to the low post," said the vice-captain when asked on what he had learnt from the Slingers' game.

Lim, on the other hand, was more interested in the team's commitment.

"It was a good thing to see the players all fighting until the end of the game," he said.

"The whole team did well against an established side and I am glad we kept the result close until the end of the third quarter. But I think our fitness is not up to level yet. We are not yet at our peak," added the shooting guard.

Pilgrim led the Barracudas with 16 points while guard Leo Avenido chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds in Singapore.

Centre Lonnie Jones scored 13 points and had five blocked shots.

The Barracudas are made up of American imports Jones and Pilgrim as well as the Filipino threesome of Adriano, Avenido and Don Camaso forming the team's starting five.

The imports are joined by local players Tan, Lim, Xavier Fong, Benjamin Sim and Presley Ho.

The rest of the Barracudas roster include Lim Aik Hock, Soon Kian Leong, siblings Hj Md Badri and Hj Md Rahmat Hj Suhaili, Jamri Ramlee and Muhd Mohzani Abd Ghani.

After their Kuala Lumpur date tomorrow, the Barracudas will again face the Dragons at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on Oct 18, their first home game of the campaign. The Brunei Times

amdgc82
10-14-2009, 09:22 AM
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Barracudas eye first win against Dragons
Yee Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

AFTER losing their opening game to the Singapore Slingers last Sunday in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), the Barracudas are looking to bounce back when they take on the KL Dragons today at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. Game time is 8pm.

With only two weeks of full training, head coach Bong Ramos (picture) feels there are some more areas to work on after watching the Barracudas perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

"I believe we lost to Singapore on the bench. I'll have to look for another option in rotation of the players because it's just going to kill us if we get into foul trouble," said the 48-year-old Filipino coach.

It was foul trouble that foiled their chances of upsetting their hosts after grabbing the lead in the second quarter. Before the league started, Ramos had placed the Dragons not far behind from the Indonesians (Satria Muda) who are one of the so called Big Three together with the Slingers and the Philippine Patriots.

When asked on what he thought of facing the Dragons, Ramos replied: "I don't really know the line up but I do know that the team consists of former national players who are full of experience."

Ramos, who also handled the Indonesian national team, knows that he'll have his hands full in the game as he has gone against the Malaysian side while coaching the Indonesian team for the South East Asian (SEA) Games in 2003.

The Barracudas will once again be banking on American imports Lonnie Jones and Mike Pilgrim and Filipino imports Francis 'Kiko' Adriano, who is the team captain, Don Camaso and Leo Avenido.

Local players Esmond Tan, Benjamin Lim, Xavier Fong, Benjamin Sim and Presley Ho are expected to provide the needed support to the team's starting five.

Tan scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds while Lim managed three points in their opening match.

KL Dragons, on the other hand, will be spearheaded by American imports Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch.

Brown, who plays for the Ballaret Australia in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) championships, powered Petronas Malaysia to victory at the inaugural Malaysia International Basketball Championship last year.

Lynch, standing at 6ft 6in, played for the Perth Redbacks in the Western Australian Basketball League (WABL) Australia and was named Most Valuable Player this year after leading the team to their first playoff season in five years.

Aside from Brown and Lynch, the rest of the Dragons are local players.

Wee Chuan Chin, Chai Chze Hian and John Ng Yeo Seng are veterans of the Southeast Asian Games while Chee Li Wei and B Guganeswaran both played for the Hui Qiao University while studying in China 2002.

Koh Way Tek, Loh Shee Fai, Yeow Kee Aik, Kwaan Yoong Jing and Ho Yeow Loong complete the roster of the Dragons.

The Brunei Times

amdgc82
10-14-2009, 09:24 AM
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Wednesday October 14, 2009
KL ready to snuff out Barracudas’ challenge
By ERIC SAMUEL

KUALA LUMPUR: KL Dragons hope to breathe fire in their opening match of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) against Brunei Barracudas at the MABA Stadium here tonight (8pm).

National coach Goh Cheng Huat said that it was just the start of a six-team inaugural league and not much is known on the strength of their opponents.

“But from what we saw on television of the live telecast of matches thus far, we are in for some good competition,” he said.

Cheng Huat felt that the Philippines Patriot were the team to watch after their opening 76-69 win over Satria Muda BritAma of Indonesia in Jakarta on Saturday.

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The man: Jamal Brown, (centre) played a pivotal role to help Malaysia win an international championship last year.

“The Filipinos are of a different level, obviously because they come from a basketball-playing nation. Compared to the rest, Their level is quite high in terms of techniques and fitness,” Cheng Huat said.

The Barracudas lost their opening match (69-87) against the Singapore Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

The Dragons are Malaysia’s first professional basketball outfit and they have played down their chances to get among the top four teams for the playoffs in the ABL, which also has fancied Thailand Tigers in the fray.

A team can have five foreign players, including three from the South-East Asian region. The Dragons have Americans Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch in their ranks.

The 31-year-old Jamal, who plays for Ballaret Australia, is no stranger in Malaysia – having played a pivotal role in Petronas Malaysia’s triumph in the inaugural Malaysia international championship last year.

The 1.98m-tall Lynch plays for the Perth Redbacks in Australia and was named the Most Valuable Player this year after leading the team to their first playoff season in five years.

The notable local players for the Dragons are Wee Chuan Chin, Chai Chze Hian and John Ng Yeo Seng, who have represented Malaysia in three SEA Games competitions since 2001. Also in the team are Chee Li Wei and B. Guganeswaran, who both had playing stints in China with Hua Qiao University while pursuing their studies there in 2002.

The league adopts a home-away-home format of competition to decide the four qualifiers for the playoffs.

Tickets for tonight’s match between Dragons and Barracudas have been priced at RM25 (adults) and RM20 (students below 22-years-old).

amdgc82
10-14-2009, 01:50 PM
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Barracudas Test KL Dragons Tonight
Written by James Kon
Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei Barracudas team, the first professional basketball team of the country will be looking for a win against KL Dragons tonight to bounce back on their feet following a defeat on Sunday at the hand of Singapore Slingers in the maiden match up of the Asean Basketball league.
Coach Bong and the Barracudas team have to readjust the team's strategy and rotation following the defeat and the team stayed back in Kuala Lumpur to train hard to face the KL Dragon in MABA stadium.

In an interview with Coach Bong of Barracudas, "We just came from training and I think that the think team needs some adjustment".

"The KL Dragons are a very good team, they have Malaysian national team players and I know they are good. I still have no idea how good is their imports." he added.

It will be KL Dragons' first match up in the Asean Basketball league. The two towering American imports playing for the Malaysian side, Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch will be the main threats for the Barracudas.

On the previous defeat, coach Bong said, the match up was really our first tune up game for the competition. The Singapore Slingers is a tough team, they are in good shape and they played against PBA teams. In the later half of the game, our players lost some steams and we were also plaque with fouls problem.

"The way I look at the situation is that, my team did well in the early quarter, we were able to play well until our players started to lose some steam. However I am happy with the performance of Edmond Tan and Benjamin Lim who have gained some good exposure in the game."

To counter the fitness problem, the coach revealed that he would have to do some adjustment in the rotation but however he didn't gave any detail.
The Filipino coach also hope that local basketball fans would pray for the team to overcome KL Dragons. The match up between Brunei's Barracudas and KL Dragon will kick-start at 8pm tonight. The match up will be live on Star Sports.

digitalsuperman
10-14-2009, 09:45 PM
as of the moment the barracuda's are chewing on the dragons...

malaysia's score is just half of brunie's at the malaysian's homecourt...damn...

amdgc82
10-14-2009, 10:10 PM
Final Score: KL Dragons 76 - 94 Brunei Barracudas

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10-15-2009, 12:42 AM
Final Score: KL Dragons 76 - 94 Brunei Barracudas

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iba talaga pag may pinoy players sa team mo hehe ;)

amdgc82
10-15-2009, 07:11 AM
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Brunei Barracudas Slay KL Dragons

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Brunei Barracudas steamrolled Kuala Lumpur Dragons 94-76 to clinch their first win at the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) held at the Malaysian Amateur Basketball Association (MABA) Stadium, here on Wednesday.

In the first of the 15 round league matches, Barracudas, coached by Geraldo Ramos of the Philippines, were in command right from the start and lead all the way from the first to fourth quarters.

Fielding four import players -- Lonnei Jones, Micheal Pilgrim from the United States and two Filipinos in Leonidez Avenido, Celedon Camaso - the Brunei-based club skippered by Esmond Tan, took a 28-9 lead in the first quarter.

Nevertheless, KL Dragons led by its skipper Chee Li Wei and two American import players Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch, managed to reduce the deficit in the second quarter but the Barracudas remained with a comfortable 51-39 lead.

The Barracudas continued their dominance in the third and fourth quarters to walk out convincing winners and gain some consolation for the defeat in their first match against Singapore Slingers.

In the league's opening game on Saturday, Barracudas were beaten by Singapore Slingers 69-87 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

In the ABL's six-team table standings, KL Dragons sit at the bottom with one point, while Brunei Barracuda top the table with three points, followed by Singapore Slingers (second) and the Philippines Patriots, (third).

ABL, a men's professional basketball league in Southeast Asia, was officially launched on Oct 1, with teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei.

The second match for KL Dragons is an away match against Brunei Barracudas at the Brunei Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

-- BERNAMA

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10-15-2009, 09:14 AM
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Barracudas prevail over KL Dragons
Jason Thomas
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

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A STRONG first quarter performance by the Barracudas paved the way for a 94-76 victory over the KL Dragons in their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) match at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur last night.

The team flying the flag for Brunei brushed aside memories of their 87-69 loss to the Singapore Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in their opener on Sunday by taking a convincing 28-9 lead at the end of the first period — never looking back after that.

Limiting the Malaysians to single digits in the first period, it looked like captain Francis 'Kiko' Adriano's advice seemed to have worked and they now lead the league with three points after a win and a loss.

After the game against the Slingers the shooting guard said the team needed to communicate better, play more aggressive and execute more on plays — and the side did just that last night.

After trading baskets in the opening exchanges, the Barracudas swam to a 15-0 run on the back of some tenacious defence and successful plays on the other end of the court to set the score at 19-4.

Dominating the boards through centre Lonnie Jones and forward Mike Pilgrim — the latter named MVP — there was nothing the misfiring Malaysians could do to get back on track.

"We played smarter and more controlled (than against the Slingers) and that is the way we should play," said Barracudas' coach Bong Ramos in a telephone interview after the match.

"When we got the momentum going we worked on it. Basketball is a game of momentum and we were at the right place at the right time.

"We gained control at the start and the players followed instructions," explained the 48-year-old Filipino coach, adding that he knew the game was won at the start of the fourth quarter.

Cutting well to the basket, the Barracudas continued to click together on the offence after their good run to close the first period.

Winner of the 1998 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Slam Dunk contest, Celedon Camaso showed the Dragons just why he participated in the three-point shootout during the 2003 PBA All-Star Weekend with his hot shooting in the second quarter.

Enjoying a comfortable 20-point lead for the rest of the period, the Barracudas would enter the locker-room at half-time leading 51-27.

Sticking their foot on the gas, the Barracudas were running away with the game and there was nothing the Dragons could do to reply in the third quarter.

Widening the gap to a massive 30 points at the start of the final stanza, which started 74-42 to the good, the Bruneians continued to rely on Camaso and Pilgrim for the points.

Jones and Pilgrim's height advantage meant that the Dragons would find it hard to penetrate, and the Malaysians were losing out on the rebounds department as well.

Playing some relentless full-court pressure in the dying minutes — which Ramos dubbed as "kamikaze" — led to the Dragons going on a good spell of points and close the gap to 86-66 with four minutes on the clock.

Though they were spurred on by the crowd, the Dragons could not breathe more life into the game by cutting the deficit to 10 points.

Barracudas' improved fitness was also another reason they won the match, and it was an aspect of their game Pilgrim touched on during a post-match interview.

"I think we were more in shape today, but it wasn't my best game," said the MVP.

"The result proves we can beat teams in the ABL. The coach wanted me to be a leader and I thought that's what I did.

"I expect the same kind of performance from us in our next game," said Pilgrim, adding he thought the team has gelled better.

The Barracudas face the Dragons at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas on Sunday, the Bruneians' first home game of the campaign.

The Barracudas are made up of Jones and Pilgrim as well as the Filipino threesome of Adriano, guard Leo Avenido and Camaso — forming the team's starting five.

The imports are joined by local players Tan, Lim, Xavier Fong, Benjamin Sim and Presley Ho.

The rest of the Barracudas roster include Lim Aik Hock, Soon Kian Leong, siblings Hj Md Badri and Hj Md Rahmat Hj Suhaili, Jamri Ramlee and Muhd Mohzani Abd Ghani.

Satria Muda BritAma are representing Indonesia while the Philippine Patriots and Thailand Tigers are flying the flag for their respective countries.

The Brunei Times

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10-15-2009, 09:21 AM
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Basketball: Dragons given a thrashing
2009/10/15
Devinder Singh

KUALA Lumpur Dragons are in for a long and hard season after a 94-76 trouncing by the Brunei Barracudas in their opening Asean Basketball League match at the Maba Stadium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Much was expected from the home side but it was the Barracudas who dominated play in the first quarter, going on a 15-0 run to open a 28-9 lead, as Michael Pilgrim tallied eight points including a backwards dunk on a steal.

The Dragons' two American pros Chris Lynch and Jamal Brown struggled with their shots the entire game, managing just two points between them in the opening 10 minutes.

As Lynch and Brown continued to miss their shots (2-for-19), the Barracudas extended their lead to 51-27 at half-time on a strong display by Pilgrim and Lonnie Jones, who notched 12 and 13 points respectively by the break.

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Celedon Camaso (right) of Brunei Barracudas is stopped from scoring by KL Dragons’ Jamal Brown in their Asean Basketball League match yesterday. — Pic: AIZUDDIN SAAD.

Barracudas began the third quarter where they left off as they opened with a 12-3 run before Lynch finally scored his first basket of the game four minutes into the period.

At that stage, a 33-point gap proved to be insurmountable for the Dragons despite being urged on by the capacity crowd as the visitors ended the quarter 74-42 ahead.

Chai Chze Hian scored 10 of 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Dragons attempted a belated comeback and a dunk by Chee Li Wei to reduce the score to 84-63 with 4:13 left sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Brown finally got into the rhythm, scoring 10 of his 19 points, in the final period but Barracudas saw the minutes out to record their first win after two games.

Francis Adriano scored 23 points to lead five Barracudas players notching double figures while Jones ended with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Coach Goh Cheng Huat admitted they under-estimated the opposition, saying: "They caught us by surprise with their ability in the first half but we were very poor on our offence and defence as well."

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10-15-2009, 09:33 AM
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Brunei Barracudas chalk up first win in ABL
By ERIC SAMUEL

KUALA LUMPUR: KL Dragons opened their campaign in the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) on a losing note, crashing to a 76-94 defeat by Brunei Barracudas at the MABA Stadium here last night.

The Dragons paid the price for allowing Barracudas to run away to a 32-point lead (74-42) after the third quarter.

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Up and away: Michael Pilgrim scores for Brunei Barracudas in the match against KL Dragons at the Maba Stadium last night. Barracudas won 94-76.

But the home side made a charge in the final quarter but time ran out on them and they conceded defeat by an 18-point margin.

Dragons coach Goh Cheng Huat said his players were jittery and they failed in defence and offense.

“I guess it was my fault to underestimate our opponents. I did not expect them to come at us and open up a huge lead. But I can take consolation in the team’s determined fightback in the last quarter,” he said.

Barracudas troubled the Dragons for much of the game with their smooth-flowing basketball. The Brunei side raked in the points with the foreigners in the team, led by Americans Michael Pilgrim and Lonnie Jones, in commanding form.

Pilgrim and Jones contributed 39 points between them and the top marksman for Barracudas was Filipino Adriano Francis with 23 points. Barracudas also had two other Filipinos — Don Canaso and Leo Avenido — to boost the strength in their side.

The win for Barracudas was their first in two matches in the six-team league. They were beaten 69-87 by Singapore Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last week.

Dragons pinned their hopes on their two American pros, Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch. But the duo failed to get their Malaysian team-mates worked up.

In three quarters of play, nothing much went right for the Dragons, who were way off the target in their shooting with Wee Chuan Chin emerging at the halfway mark with the highest score of seven points. In the end, Chai Chze Hian was their top scorer with 16 points.

The Dragons are Malaysia’s first professional basketball outfit and they have played down their chances to get among the top four teams for the ABL playoffs. The other teams in the fray are Thailand Tigers, Philippines Patriots and Satria Muda Britama of Indonesia

The Dragons will travel to Bandar Seri Begawan to take on Barracudas again at the Brunei Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

Philippines Patriots have emerged as the favourites after chalking up a 76-69 win over the Indonesian side in the ABL’s opening match in Jakarta last Sunday.

amdgc82
10-15-2009, 10:57 AM
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Patriots see tough outing vs Slingers
(The Philippine Star) Updated October 15, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Patriots try to make it back-to-back on the road as they play the Singapore Slingers this weekend at resumption of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship in Singapore.

But despite their 76-69 victory over Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama in the league’s inaugural’s in Jakarta over the weekend, the Patriots remain wary of the Slingers, who also opened their bid with an 87-69 romp over the Brunei Barracudas at home.

The hosts boast of talented American imports in Americans Mike LeBlanc and Kyle Jeffer and Filipino Al Vergara.

“It’s nice to win your first game because it gives you more confidence. But against the Slingers, we have to be more aggressive and smarter,” said co-team owner Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre. “We have to play solid basketball for 40 minutes.”

Gametime is at 4 p.m. at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

Romero and co-team owner Tony Boy Cojuangco of ABC-5 said the Patriots need to play solid defense to stop the Slingers’ top gunners the way they did against the Indonesians.

LeBlanc, who played for the Philippine team in the SEABA Championship last year, and Jeffer combined for 35 points and 30 rebounds while Vergara, a popular figure in Singapore, finished with 10 points and eight assists.

Three other Filipinos – Kiko Adriano, Don Camaso and Leo Avenido – are also playing for the Slingers, who beat the San Miguel Beermen of the PBA in a recent friendly game, 71-65.

“What we need now is a total team effort because we know how tough the Singapore Slingers are. They have two explosive American imports and a Filipino player who is the team’s heart and soul,” said RP team manager Erick Arejola.

While imports Jason Dixon and Brandon Powell made a good account of themselves against the Patriots, the RP team must also draw solid games from Christian Coronel, Froilan Baguion and Warren Benitez.

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10-15-2009, 11:09 AM
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Singapore Slingers spring co-captaincy surprise
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By Jan Lin/Red Sports. Photos by Vanessa Lim/Red Sports.

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Slingers’ American import, Kyle Jeffers, was named the co-captain for the team’s maiden ASEAN Basketball League season alongside local player, Michael Wong. (Photo 1 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

“Be surprised,” the Slingers’ head coach Frank Arsego had said of his captaincy choice before their ABL season tipped off last Sunday. Staying true to his word, Arsego has unveiled a unique co-captaincy formula with Kyle Jeffers and Michael Wong sharing the honour.

“The decision went down to the team culture that we are trying to develop,” said Arsego, who also shared that the Slingers’ team culture is one that is underpinned by the three main ingredients of ‘Total Professionalism’, ‘Total Commitment’ and a ‘Work Ethic of Excellence’.

Arsego believes that the American import Kyle Jeffers embodies these team anchors.

“Kyle is a great selection because he leads by example, right from training, every opportunity we get together to train, he is enthusiastic, he is infectious, he likes to talk things up,” said Arsego.

“As our co-captain, I just want him to be himself,” Arsego asserted. “I want him to drive people at practice, he is very demanding at practice, to make sure people really push on.”

“I think I was chosen because coach likes what I have to bring to the table from the very beginning,” Jeffers responded. “I like to think that I work hard, do what the coaches say, try to be a good leader by example. So with all those things put together, I figured that the coaches feel that I was a good representative.”

When asked to describe his leadership style, Jeffers said unassumingly: “My leadership style is just to lead by example. I’ve taken many classes on leadership so I’ve a good idea of how it works and the responsibilities that are involved. Now its about executing them just like with everything.”

“Its just a great honour and a huge responsibility,” the 24-year-old added, “I definitely look forward to leading the team and being one of the voices. Its tough being a leader but I believe I can rise to the challenge.”

Shouldering the captaincy honour alongside the vivacious American is the perennial darling of Singapore’s basketball scene – Michael Wong.

“With Michael Wong, he is actually the national team coach and I think that is a reflection of someone who has worked with the local boys, and has gained respect from the local boys,” continued Arsego.

Summing up, the Australian said: “Two of them would come together to form a really good team leading by example and experience.”

Michael Wong was only told of his appointment the night before their ABL season opener. As he balances his dual-identities as a full-time educator at Hwa Chong Institution and a professional basketball player, the 30-year-old knows it comes with responsibilities.

“It’s an honour to be the co-captain but this comes with great responsibility, we have to be a role model to the team and to also build morale,” said the charismatic Singaporean. “My approach would be to be more vocal and encourage the team to stay with the team concept.”

Fans of the Singapore Slingers have also responded to the co-captaincy formula with great enthusiasm.

“Michael definitely has lots of experience. Not to mention he is a coach for the Hwa Chong basketball team, so (he) is a rather good choice,” commented a reader nicknamed ‘phileos’.

“Good selection by Arsego. Michael Wong is great, he is an experienced leader and communicator, and Jeffers will lift (the team) with the added recognition,” commended another regular reader with the pseudonym ‘Defence wins Games’.

“Arsego didn’t go for longevity and performance as his basis for the captaincy, but still that’s his choice and still has my respect,” said ‘Phildude’, who like the rest had participated in the live game commentary between the Slingers and the Barricudas.

But before the co-captaincy formula could sink in, Arsego then added a fine finishing touch to complete his surprise when he revealed the existence of a third “unofficial” captain in the name of Al Vergara.

“I would also say that, in some ways, Al Vergara is our court captain,” Arsego let out. “As our point guard, he is the coach’s voice. Not an official title, but that’s our relationship on court so all our players are learning to handle responsibilities apart from just playing the game.”

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Co-captain and national coach, Michael Wong, has courageously took on dual responsibilities as a teacher at Hwa Chong Institution and professional player (and now co-captain) of the Singapore Slingers. (Photo 3 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

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Slingers’ Filipino point guard, Al Vegara, was named an “unofficial” captain for being the coach’s voice on court. (Photo 4 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

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An earlier (mis)report by a local paper had assumed that seasoned local player, Pathman Matialakan, was the Slingers’ captain, of which Pathman was completely oblivious to. (Photo 5 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

amdgc82
10-15-2009, 12:49 PM
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Barracudas Slay KL Dragons
Written by James Kon
Thursday, 15 October 2009 09:37

Bandar Seri Begawan - Twenty three points from Philippines import Francis Adriano and another 22 points from American Import Michael Pilgrim helped Brunei's first professional basketball team, Barracudas create history yesterday when they slained the KL Dragons 94-74 to take their first win in the Asean Basketball League yesterday at MABA stadium, Malaysia.

American import Lonnie Jones added another 17 points to the winning effort. It's the first win for Brunei's professional team in an international competition.

The match was KL Dragons' first match of the league while Barracudas had just come off a defeat from the hands of favourites Singapore Slingers 69-87. This time, it was a totally different story.

Brunei's Barracudas started off the match with four imports, Lonnie Jones, Michael Pilgrim, Leonidas Avenido and Francis Adriano (captain) joining local Edmund Tan. Following a series of tough defensive plays in the early quarter, the formidable formation of the Barracudas easily crushed Malaysian's American imports of Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch and the starting line up of Chee Li Wei, Wee Chuan Chin and Guganeswaran.

Fielding four import players - Lonnei Jones, Micheal Pilgrim from the United States and two Filipinos in Leonidez Avenido, Celedon Camaso - the Brunei-based club skippered by Esmond Tan; took a 28-9 lead in the first quarter, Bernama reported.

Nevertheless, KL Dragons led by its skipper Chee Li Wei and two American import players Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch, managed to reduce the deficit in the second quarter but the Barracudas remained with a comfortable 51-39 lead.

The Barracudas continued their dominance in the third and fourth quarters to walk out convincing winners and gain some consolation for the defeat in their first match against Singapore Slingers. The Barracudas soon started to push forward and started off a 10-0 run to stretch the lead into double digits in a span of four minutes.

The Malaysian team couldn't penetrate under the basket and were limited to far shooting after seven foot Lonnie Jones made a number of intimidating block shots. By the end of the first quarter, the Barracudas already cut out a 28-9 lead.

The Barracudas maintained their momentum in the second quarter, thanks to import Celedon Camaso who displayed his shooting skill, and netted basket after basket.
There was a moment of worry for coach Bong when Michael Pilgrim fell to the ground after colliding with the Malaysian player. However he was able to get up after a few minutes and continue on the game. By the end of the quarter, the Barracudas continued to lead 51-27.

After the interval, Barracudas continued to take control of the match. With the height advantage of imports Lonnie Jones and Michael Pilgrim, the Malaysian players couldn't find a way into the arch and by the end of the third quarter the lead was already 30 points in favour of the Barracudas, 74-34.

Although the game was already out of reach in the fourth quarter, the KL Dragons didn't gave up the match and started to creep back to the game with a few remarkable three-point shooting. However it was too little too late as the Barracudas cruised to their first win with a 20 points lead

Head Coach bong of Barracudas in an interview after the match said, " I am really happy and proud for the boys. They wanted to win so much and deserved to win in the end.
"They (players) executed what I have told them to do. We were able to control the tempo of the game from the beginning until the end. Credit also have to be given to the tough defence put up by the players that had limited the KL Dragons from scoring.

"We also utilised our height advantage to gain an upperhand on KL Dragons. However I will expect a different KL Dragon when we meet again on Sunday at Brunei's National Indoor Stadium."

Brunei's Barracudas Team will play KL Dragons at home this coming Sunday at the National Indoor Stadium. The game will tip off at 4pm onward.

In the ABL's six-team table standings, KL Dragons sit at the bottom with one point, ; while Brunei Barracuda top the table with three points, followed by Singapore Slingers ' (second) and the Philippines Patriots, (third).

ABL, a men's professional basketball league in Southeast Asia, was officially launched on Oct 1, with teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei.

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10-15-2009, 08:56 PM
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Barracudas beat KL Dragons to register first ABL win
Posted on14 October 2009.

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The Barracudas (in dark colour) bounced back from their opening game defeat against the Slingers to beat the KL Dragons away. (Photo courtesy of ABL)

Maba Stadium, KL, Wednesday, October 14, 2009 – The KL Dragons went down 94-76 at home to the visiting Brunei Barracudas to get their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) campaign off on a losing note.

In what was seen as an upset in basketball circles, the KL Dragons fell against a Barracudas team that had come up short against the Singapore Slingers the weekend before in Singapore.

The KL Dragons, the only ABL team with the least number imports with just two in Americans Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch, lost to a Brunei team that changed their strategy of relying on their imports as they mixed in the local Brunei players with their Filipino and American players. This worked wonders and the players were not as fatigued as when they lost to the Slingers.

Brunei Barracudas team owner Ms Nadzaty Azma Azeez felt this was a great comeback after the Slingers game.

“It feels good to get a win under our belts. There was definitely a difference in the intensity levels we saw tonight. We will celebrate the win but at the same time we won’t be getting carried away at all.

“The Dragons will come to Brunei on Sunday very motivated to avenge this loss and we have to work even harder to make sure we can become a force in the ABL.

“Credit to the coaching staff of the team as they did a great job in picking the players up after that loss in Singapore but as I said, we will not get carried away and will continue to work harder to be even better.”

The Dragons were not unduly discouraged with their opening game performance.

“The Malaysia fan’s support was fantastic with a crowd of 2500 cheering the KL Dragons. The team managed to hold back the Brunei Barracudas in the first period and closed the gap during the second period,” said a KL Dragons spokesperson.

“The team played well despite only having only one complete team training as our imports only arrived late last week. The core of the team strength still remains and the promise of a much better performances is definitely there. We can only improve from this point on.”

amdgc82
10-15-2009, 09:02 PM
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KL Dragons 76 – 94 Brunei Barracudas

Wednesday, 14 October 2009, Malaysia – KL Dragons met the Brunei Barracudas today at the MABA Stadium.In what was seen in an upset in basketball circles, the KL Dragons fell at home to the Brunei Barracudas 76-94 in a hard fought match at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

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The KL Dragons, the only ABL team with the least number imports with only two in Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch from the United States lost to a Brunei team that changed their strategy of fielding all imports on court and played with rotating local Brunei players with their Filipino and American players. This worked wonders and the players were not as fatigued when they lost to the Singapore Slingers on the 11th of October in Singapore.

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Brunei Barracudas team owner Ms Nadzaty Azma Azeez felt this was a great comeback to the Slingers game last Sunday “It feels good to get a win under our belts. There was definitely a difference in the intensity levels we saw tonight. We will celebrate the win but at the same time we won’t be getting carried away at all.

“The Dragons will come to Brunei on Sunday very motivated to avenge this loss and we have to work even harder to make sure we can become a force in the ABL.

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“Credit to the coaching staff of the team as they did a great job in picking the players up after that loss in Singapore but as I said, we will not get carried away and will continue to work harder to be even better.”

KL Dragons team owners Mr Ruben Gnanalingam, Datuk Wira Dani Daim, Mr Robin Tan took this match as an experience for the team. “The Malaysia fan’s support was fantastic with a crowd of 2500 cheering the KL Dragons. The team managed to hold back the Brunei Barracudas in the first period and closed the gap during the second period.

“The team played well despite only having only one complete team training as our imports only arrived late last week. The core of the team strength still remains and the promise of a much better performances is definitely there. We can only improve from this point on.”

For more information, please contact Mr Kuhan Foo, Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN Basketball League at +6012 331 1398 or email kuhan@aseanbasketballleague.com, or Samantha Surin, Marketing at +6016 219 8847 or email samantha@aseanbasketballleague.com

amdgc82
10-15-2009, 09:06 PM
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Dragons go off-beat
Haresh Deol
Thursday, October 15th, 2009 05:14:00

THERE was a sense of deja vu at the Maba Stadium yesterday. Young cheerleaders, sultry usherettes, jazz princess Atilia singing the Acapella rendition of Negaraku and Jason Lo as the emcee of the day, the venue even saw the likes of local rapper Joe Flizzow, pop queen Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Lotus F1 team principal Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes and even Lotus F1 technical director Mike Gascoyne in the stands.

A similar picture was captured during the early days of MyTeam. Sadly, the football outfit are currently facing financial woes and have asked the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for a two-week extension to pay the deposit for the following season.

The KL Dragons, managed by those once associated with MyTeam, certainly hope for a better future in the Asean Basketball League (ABL). Yet, it wasn’t a start the KL Dragons had hoped for against the Barracudas. The hosts trailed 28-9 in the first quarter and were further behind 51-27 at halftime.

Nevertheless, the Dragons put up a gritty fight in the final quarter but the Barracudas bounced away with a 94-76 win. Both teams are set to square off again at the Brunei Indoor Stadium this weekend.

Barracudas’ Filipino imports Francis “Kiko” Adriano and Leo Avenido proved a deadly combination, with excellent passes and clean shots at the rim. The national team were a pale shadow of the team which played in the 2nd Malaysian International Basketball Championship. Dragons’ American imports Jamal Daryl Brown and Chris Lynch struggled to gel with the players.

The win comes as a good morale-booster for the Barracudas who lost their opening match 87-69 to Singapore Slingers last weekend. KL Dragons coach Goh Cheng Huat took the blame, admitting he had underestimated his opponents.

“I didn’t expect such play from the Brunei team and our players were clueless in both offence and defence,” said Cheng Huat, who is also the national team coach. “The boys played well and I’m happy with them. We will play Barracuda next as the underdogs and we prefer that tag.”

Lynch, meanwhile, said he was happy with the team but admitted he needed time to gel with the players.

“I’m learning their names, their game…so yeah, it’ll take some time but I’m comfortable with the team.

“I rushed in the earlier stages of the match and the hamstring (injury) is no excuse. I’ll take my time in future games,” Lynch added.

amdgc82
10-16-2009, 09:42 AM
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Friday October 16, 2009
Revenge on KL Dragons’ minds in Brunei
By ERIC SAMUEL

KUALA LUMPUR: KL Dragons want blood and they are bent on avenging an unexpected defeat by Brunei Barracudas in the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL).

And the opportunity comes quickly. Their next match in the six-team league is the return-leg of the tie against Barracuda and it will be played at the Brunei Indoor Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan on Sunday.

Coach Goh Cheng Huat said that he hoped the team would be wiser from a bitter lesson of having under-estimated Barracudas in their opening match and it resulted in a 76-94 defeat at the MABA Stadium here on Wednesday.

“We will be the underdogs in the return match in Brunei,” he said.

Cheng Huat admitted that they were wrong to gauge Barracudas’ strength from the Brunei side’s opening game defeat (69-87) by Singapore Slingers last Sunday.

“It was my fault because I did not expect them (Barracudas) to raise their game. There was little we learnt of them from watching the live telecast on TV and they certainly took us by surprise,” he said.

The Barracudas played a smooth-flowing game and ran up a 32-point lead (74-42) after the third-quarter and it was too late for the Dragons to win the match.

One of the two Americans in the Dragons’ ranks, Chris Lynch, felt that the team needed more competitive matches before they could throw strong challenges in the ABL. The other foreigner in the Malaysian side is Jamal Brown.

“We have just got into the team and it will take time and more matches before we hit the right key,” said Lynch.

Cheng Huat also felt that his team, with barely a month’s preparations, would find the going tough to make an impact in the first season of the ABL.

The Philippine Patriots have emerged as the favourites after chalking up a 76-69 win over Satria Muda BritAma of Indonesia in Jakarta last week. The other team in the fray are Thailand Tigers.

Fixtures

Sunday: Brunei Barracudas vs KL Dragons (Brunei Indoor Stadium, 4pm); Thailand Tigers vs Satria Muda BritAma (Nimibutr National Stadium, 4pm); Singapore Slingers vs Philippine Patriots (Singapore Indoor Stadium, 4pm).

amdgc82
10-16-2009, 09:48 AM
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Basketball / Asean League: Coach vows Dragons will return with fire
2009/10/16
Devinder Singh

KUALA Lumpur Dragons coach Goh Cheng Huat vowed his team will rebound after a rude introduction to the Asean Basketball League (ABL) on Wednesday.

The Dragons were out-shot, out-rebounded and out-hustled by the Brunei Barracudas in a 96-74 defeat at the Maba Stadium in their opening ABL match.

Cheng Huat's men have a chance to redeem themselves when they meet the Barracudas again in Bandar Sri Begawan on Sunday but the coach needs to rectify the team's flaws.

From what the Dragons dished out on Wednesday, Cheng Huat has his work cut out for him.

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"We were poor in offence and defence in the first half which was why we had such a bad start.

"Maybe it's my fault that we did not expect the opposition to be so good and play the way they did.

"We really did not prepare well and we were hurrying our shots all the time," said Cheng Huat after the chastening defeat.

The win was Brunei's first, achieved on the back of some fine play by their American duo Michael Pilgrim and Lonnie Jones, after their opening away loss to Singapore Slingers.

The Dragons' American pros, Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch, had a night to forget as they struggled to execute their shots with Lynch going 0-for-6 in the first half while the team shot 35 per cent (28-of-79) overall.

One player who did impress was Chai Chze Hian who ended as the Dragons top scorer with 16 points, 10 which came in the fourth quarter.

"But I must commend my team for a good job in the second half as I had said if we could close to within 20 points would be good," said Cheng Huat.

"Now, we'll go back to think of what we've got to do and hope to come out and play our best game."

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10-16-2009, 10:13 AM
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Slingers' huge task
by Low Lin Fhoong
05:56 AM Oct 16, 2009

SINGAPORE - Fans can expect a blockbuster clash at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday when the Singapore Slingers host the Philippine Patriots in the second weekend of the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL).

Only 1,100 of the 11,000 seats at the stadium were filled for the Slingers' opening game - they beat the Brunei Barracudas last Sunday - but the team's managing director, Bob Turner, hopes to double the figure this weekend.

"Ticket sales have been a lot better than the first game and we hope to double the crowd from our first week, and bring it up to 2,000," he told MediaCorp yesterday.

"This is something which has all the ingredients - it's a good product, fun to go to, cheap, and full of entertainment."

Title favourites the Patriots beat Indonesian side Satria Muda 76-69 last Saturday in Jakarta on the opening day of the ABL.

Inspired by American star import Michael LeBlanc, the Slingers also enjoyed a fairytale start to the competition with an 87-69 win over the Brunei outfit.

During pre-season, the Slingers proved they could take on Filipino teams when they posted a stunning upset over the Philippines Basketball Association champions, San Miguel Beerman, in the Singapore Challenge Series.

Launched at a cost of US$5 million ($6.96 million), the 2009-10 ABL season features six teams from Asean nations doing battle over four months for the grand prize. Low Lin Fhoong

Visit www.sistic.com for details on tickets to Sunday's game.

amdgc82
10-16-2009, 08:57 PM
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RP Patriots wary of Slingers
October 16, 2009, 6:07pm

Game on Sunday
(Singapore Indoor Stadium)
4 p.m. — Singapore Slingers vs RP Patriots

The Philippine Patriots are still ecstatic after winning their opening game against Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama over the weekend but they have to raise their game a notch higher if they want to make two in a row in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship.

“It’s nice to win your first game because it gives you more confidence. But in this case, we have to be more aggressive and smarter,” said co-team owner Dr. Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre. “We have to play solid basketball for 40 minutes, we can’t afford to play good basketball only in the fourth quarter if we want to win again.”

Romero’s concern is understandable since the Patriots will be up against the formidable Singapore Slingers on Sunday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Romero and co-team owner Tony Boy Cojuangco of ABC-5 admit the Patriots are in for a big trouble unless they come up with another superb defense which they used in full force in downing the Indons, 76-69, at the Britama Arena in Jakarta last Saturday.

“We really have to play tough defense,” said Romero, who is determined to add the ABL championship to his cabinet of trophies after winning seven PBL titles, one SEABA championship and another gold medal in the 2007 SEA Games.

While the Patriots relied on their “Big D” to beat the Indons, the Slingers banked on the offensive efforts of imports – Americans Mike LeBlanc and Kyle Jeffer and Filipino Al Vergara – to grill the Brunei Barracudas, 87-69, last Sunday in Singapore.

LeBlanc, who played for the Philippine team in the SEABA Championship last year, and Jeffer combined for 35 points and 30 rebounds while Vergara, a popular figure in Singapore, finished with 10 points and eight assists.

The Slingers, who beat San Miguel Beer of PBA, 71-65, even boasted that they could have played much better if the Barracudas, bannered by five imports, including three Filipinos – Kiko Adriano, Don Camaso and Leo Avenido – gave them strong competition.

Romero and team manager Erick Arejola, however, are convinced that coaches Bogs Adornardo and Ryan Dy can rise to the challenge. Adornado and Dy called the shots for the Patriots the last time in the absence of coach Louie Alas, who is preparing Letran for the Final Four war in the NCAA.

amdgc82
10-17-2009, 08:27 AM
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Barracudas coach Bong Ramos: “Zone defense may be Slingers’ weakness.”
Posted on16 October 2009.
By Jan Lin/Red Hoops. Photos by Vanessa Lim/Red Hoops.

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The Barracudas’ American import, Micheal Pilgrim (Barracudas, #13), managed 16 points for his team before he fouled out in the Slingers-Barracudas game, which was the ABL season opener for both teams. (Photo 1 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

Slingers skeptics will not be convinced that the Slingers’ 87-69 defeat of the Barracudas last weekend was anything to shout about, especially when the home team had four tune-up games prior to their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season opener while the visitors had none.

Strategically, the Barracudas had in fact cracked the Slingers in Singapore, but basketball is not a game of pure strategy. The Barracudas’ amiable Filipino head coach, Bong Ramos, had all the right strategy in place only to be limited by a lack of fitness and depth on his bench.

The Slingers were reduced to shambles in the abysmal second period. Defensively (wait, what defence?), the hosts were caught fighting to steal rebounds from each other, while the Barracudas deployed a 1-2-2 zone defense that had caught the Slingers completely off-guard.

“I have planned to play zone defense because I know the Slingers are very tough with good rotation as they have depth in their bench. If I want to protect my imports, then I’ll have to play zone,” revealed Ramos, who was formerly the Indonesian national team coach.

This turned out to be a master stroke after their nervy first period and was a Slingers code cracker, but Ramos was unfortunate not to be able to follow through to the end after two of his imports fouled out, putting pressure on his inexperienced bench.

“We also had plans to play a full court zone press against the Slingers but I was not able to use that. I tried to use that but the players are not ready to do that,” shared Ramos, who hoped his players’ stamina will improve before meeting the Slingers again on 24 October.

“The game was like a tune-up again for us. Unlike Slingers, we haven’t had a tune-up game. My two American imports have been here for around two weeks only. It will be a home game for us when we play Slingers again, of course a lot of changes will be made,” said Ramos.

“Number 1, I’m thinking about my rotation,” he added. “I’ve got 5 imports, not that I’m putting down the locals, who are very talented with great potential but this is their first professional stint. I hope to be able to have a deeper rotation, I may have to study how to protect my imports.”

Besides foul troubles, season opener ambivalence and over-eagerness, the Barricudas were also plagued with injury woes in their first game against the Slingers. Barracudas’ Filipino star import, Francis “Kiko” Adriano, was in fact nursing an injury that had limited his movements.

But after romping to a 94-76 away victory against the KL Dragons on Wednesday, where Kiko stole the show with 23 points and emerged the top scorer, the Barracudas are slowly warming up to the demands and style of the ABL.

While conceding that there is still an unresolved problem with the Barracudas’ rotation, Ramos remained analytical and positive about cracking the Slingers. He said: “Maybe in the next game against the Slingers, we’ll play zone against them – it may be their weakness.”

Slingers’ head coach, Frank Arsego too admitted that his team fell short in coping with the Barracudas’ zone defense strategy in their ABL season opener, allowing them a 13-2 run in the second period that gave themselves only a one-point lead at half-time.

“I credit their coach (for going to zone defense). Zone defense is something that we haven’t had any practice against apart from our own training, and so that was a challenge and obviously our shooting wasn’t up to standard and that allowed them back in,” said Arsego.

The Australian coach continued: “We probably weren’t consistent through the game as well. I thought we were a bit patchy. When we did play well to our strengths, it was really good, but other times, I think we just didn’t hit it with the same sort of energy that we needed.”

“But, I’m hoping that we just keep learning with each game,” he said as the Slingers prepare to take on ABL title-favourites, Philippine Patriots, in the next game. The Patriots tipped-off their ABL campaign with a 76-69 away win against an equally formidable Satria Muda BritAma.

“Obviously, its always a pretty good achievement when you win on the road, that’s going to give the Patriots a lot of confidence, and I’m sure that we will be challenged,” said Arsego on the Slingers-Patriots maiden showdown this Sunday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

If you are in Singapore, check out how you can get the cheapest ticket in town with Red Sports to watch the Singapore Slingers-Philippine Patriots ABL game ‘live’ this Sunday, 4pm.

Tickets for the Brunei Barracudas-KL Dragons ABL match this Sunday, 4pm, at the Brunei Indoor Stadium are available at all EGM outlets and the Indoor Stadium three hours before tip-off.

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Baracudas 6’11” American import Lonnie Jones (Barracudas, #45) appeared out of sorts in his first ABL game against the Slingers but he managed a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards in his second game against the KL Dragons. (Photo 2 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

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The second highest scorer for the Barracudas in their season opener was Filipino import Leonidas Avenido (Barracudas, #18), who submitted a commendable score card of 15 points and 8 rebounds. (Photo 4 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

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10-17-2009, 07:25 PM
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RP Patriots eye second win
October 17, 2009, 5:38pm

Game on Sunday (Singapore Indoor Stadium)
4 p.m. — Singapore vs RP Patriots

SINGAPORE — The Philippine Patriots go for their first back-to-back wins when they tangle with the dangerous Singapore Slingers this Sunday in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship at the Singapore Indoor Stadium here.

The Patriots, who arrived in this enchanting island state yesterday, battle the Slingers at 4 p.m. with the Filipino cagers determined to follow up their impressive 76-69 win over Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama in the lone opening game last Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Team manager Erick Arejola and assistant coaches Bogs Adornado and Ryan Dy see an exciting battle with the Slingers, noting that the Singapore locals have improved tremendously.

“We really have to play hard against the Slingers, they’re a very dangerous team. The key to our success is defense, we have to double what we did against the Indons defensively,” said Arejola. “We also have to shoot well from the outside to lessen the burden for our imports.”

The winner in this Sunday’s match will take the early lead in the 6-nation tournament using a home-and-away, triple-round elimination format.

Aside from their two hard-working imports in Americans Michael LeBlanc and Kyle Jeffers, the Slingers also boast of two exciting guards in Al Vergara and Marcus Ng.

Never mind his unorthodox albeit entertaining court antics, Jeffers is turning out to be the team’s main man as shown by his 18-point and 20-rebound performance in their 87-69 win over the Brunei Barracudas last Sunday.

LeBlanc, who played for the Harbour Centre-backed RP team in the SEABA Championship last year, was equally awesome by coming through with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

But the biggest concern of Patriots – co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero and TV-5 president Tony Boy Cojuangco – is how to neutralize the Slingers’ little court general in Vergara, who had 10 points and eight assists in their win over the Barracudas.

“Their (Slingers) offense all start from Al, so we have to pressure him immediately in order to disrupt their pick-and-roll play,” said Dy. Arejola and Adornardo are confident that guards – Christian Coronel, Warren Ibanez and Froilan Baguion – can hold their grounds against Vergara whom they have played during their PBL days.

Also crucial for the Patriots is the performance of imports Jason Dixon and Brandon Powell and Fil-Am Rob Wainwright. Dixon tallied only 11 points on a 4-of-11 shooting and eight rebounds after getting into foul trouble early.

Good thing for the Patriots, Wainwright came out smoking, making 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter alone before Powell, Coronel, Baguion, Edwin Sta. Maria, and Ibañez came through with clutch baskets in the final half to finally pull away.

amdgc82
10-18-2009, 08:42 AM
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Patriots face dangerous Slingers, gun for early ABL lead
10/18/2009 | 12:12 AM

Game Sunday
(Singapore Indoor Stadium)
4 p.m. – Singapore vs RP Patriots

The Philippines face a dangerous Singapore Slingers crew on Sunday with the patriots hoping to nail their second straight win in the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship.

The Patriots, aiming to follow up their 76-69 win over Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama last week, visit the Slingers in their 4 p.m. match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

The winner in the RP-Singapore game will grab the early lead in this six-nation tournament that uses a home-and-away, triple-round elimination format.

The Slingers will once again lean on American imports Michael LeBlanc and Kyle Jeffers while Filipino Al Vergara and Marcus Ng are expected anew to orchestrate their plays.

Singapore’s two hard-working imports will be the main concern of RP coach Bogs Adornado after LeBlanc and Jeffries combined for 36 points and 30 rebounds in the Slingers’ 87-69 demolition of the Brunei Barracudas last Sunday.

Expect Vergara to be an additional headache for the Patriots after the pint-sized playmaker finished with 10 points and eight assists in Singapore’s win over Brunei.

The Patriots, however, have a three-guard rotation that could neutralize Vergara with Christian Coronel, Warren Ibañez and Froilan Baguion ready to take on the challenge.

All four guards once played for different ball clubs during their Philippine Basketball Association (PBL) days. – GMANews.TV

amdgc82
10-18-2009, 08:58 AM
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RP Patriots eye 2nd win in ABL tiff
(The Philippine Star) Updated October 18, 2009 12:00 AM

SINGAPORE – The Philippine Patriots go for their first back-to-back wins when they tangle with the dangerous Singapore Slingers today in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship at the Singapore Indoor Stadium here.

The Patriots, who arrived in this island state yesterday, battle the Slingers at 4 p.m. with the Filipino cagers determined to follow up their impressive 76-69 win over Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama in the lone opening game last Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Team manager Erick Arejola and assistant coaches Bogs Adornado and Ryan Dy see an exciting battle with the Slingers, noting that the Singapore locals have improved tremendously.

“We really have to play hard against the Slingers, they’re a very dangerous team. The key to our success is defense, we have to double what we did against the Indonesians defensively,” said Arejola. “We also have to shoot well from the outside to lessen the burden for our imports.”

The winner in today’s match will take the early lead in the six-nation tournament using a home-and-away, triple-round elimination format.

Aside from their two hard-working imports in Americans Michael LeBlanc and Kyle Jeffers, the Slingers also boast of two exciting guards in Al Vergara and Marcus Ng.

Never mind his unorthodox albeit entertaining court antics, Jeffers is turning out to be the team’s main man as shown by his 18-point and 20-rebound performance in their 87-69 win over the Brunei Barracudas last Sunday.

LeBlanc, who played for the Harbour Centre-backed RP team in the SEABA Champions Cup last year, was equally awesome by coming through with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

But the biggest concern of the Patriots, co-owned by Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero and TV-5 president Tony Boy Cojuangco, is how to neutralize the Slingers’ little court general in Vergara, who had 10 points and eight assists in their win over the Barracudas.

“Their (Slingers) offense all start from Al, so we have to pressure him immediately in order to disrupt their pick-and-roll play,” said Dy. “Pick-and-roll is their bread and butter so we have to deny Al any access.”

Arejola and Adornardo are confident that guards Christian Coronel, Warren Ibanez and Froilan Baguion can hold their own against Vergara whom they have played during their PBL days.

Also crucial for the Patriots is the performance of imports Jason Dixon and Brandon Powell and Fil-Am Rob Wainwright. Dixon tallied only 11 points on a 4-of-11 shooting and eight rebounds after getting into foul trouble early.

Good thing for the Patriots, Wainwright came out smoking, making 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter alone before Powell, Coronel, Baguion, Edwin Sta. Maria and Ibanez came through with clutch baskets in the final half to finally pull away.

Powell led the Patriots the last with 18 markers and nine boards.

amdgc82
10-18-2009, 09:12 AM
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Satria Muda Hopes to Tame Tigers in Bangkok
October 16, 2009
Sandy Pramuji

Satria Muda Britama hopes to make the most of its second chance to win its first Asean Basketball League game when it travels to Bangkok’s Nimibutr National Stadium to face the Thailand Tigers on Sunday.

Having dominated the domestic Indonesian Basketball League again and winning its fifth consecutive title, the Jakarta side looked shaky at times during its 76-69 loss to the Philippines Patriots at Britama Arena on Oct. 10.

That defeat provided Satria Muda coach Fictor Roring plenty of food for thought.

“Endurance and defense were the main problems in our last match, and I’ve been working to improve that before playing the Tigers,” Fictor said on Friday.

After holding a narrow 33-32 lead at halftime, the Patriots found their rhythm in the third quarter and stretched their lead to 56-46 going into the fourth.

“All the players, including our three imports, failed to perform well after the break because they lacked stamina,” Fictor said. “That’s why we’ve been doing more physical exercises ahead of the game with Thailand, I hope it pays off.”

Another problem, he continued, was the team’s heavy reliance on its foreign imports on the defensive end.

Alex Hartman and Theo Little pulled down 14 of the team’s 30 defensive rebounds against the Patriots.

Hartman and Rensy Bajar each played more than 30 minutes, and Little put in more than 20 minutes before fouling out.

“I have to admit that [the foreigners] are almost irreplaceable, but we’ve been working hard preparing other players to step into their shoes,” he said.

Elsewhere in the ABL, the Brunei Barracudas scored a surprising road victory on Wednesday, beating the Kuala Lumpur Dragons 94-76 at MABA Stadium.

The performance was a marked contrast to Brunei’s 87-69 loss at the Singapore Slingers on Oct. 11.

Francis Adriano led the Barracudas with 23 points and six rebounds, while Michael Pilgrim scored 22 points and Lonnie Jones finished with 17 points and six blocked shots.

“It feels good to get a win under our belts,” Barracudas team owner Nadzaty Azma Azeez told the ABL Web site. “There was definitely a difference in the intensity levels we saw tonight. We will celebrate the win, but at the same time we won’t be getting carried away at all.”

Brunei hosts the Dragons on Sunday, while the Patriots travel to Singapore.

amdgc82
10-18-2009, 09:42 AM
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Size does matter to Ramos
Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Sunday, October 18, 2009

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NOT satisfied with their first win in the ASEAN Basketball League a 94-76 victory over the KL Dragons at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night the Barracudas are plotting another heartache for the Malaysians.

Their first home game of the ABL season, the Barracudas are confident they can keep the momentum going today using their big American imports as their main weapons.

But Barracudas head coach Bong Ramos believes they will have to work hard at the National Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas today if they want to slay the KL Dragons for the second time this week.

The former Indonesia national coach warns his players that the Dragons will look to bounce back from their opening defeat and believes that the Malaysians' head coach, Goh Cheng Huat, would have made the necessary adjustments to avenge Wednesday's defeat.

"The team consist of players from the (Malaysian) national team and I know that they are really good players. We expect a different Dragons and we will not underestimate them," said Ramos in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

The Malaysian side showed on Wednesday that they were able to convert on three-pointers down the stretch in the game making five in the final period where they outscored the Bruneians 34-20 to make the final score more respectable.

Asked about the Dragons' outside shooting, the 48-year-old Filipino said: "The Malaysians are very good shooters just like the Singaporeans (the Slingers) but what happened for us in our previous game was that we started out well on defence and we managed to keep the momentum for the rest of the game."

The Dragons are the team with the fewest number of imports in the ABL. Americans Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch are their only imports while the rest of the squad are made up of local players.

Brown and Lynch failed to impress in their first game recording only eight and 13 points respectively.

In contrast, the Barracudas shot a blistering 57 per cent from the field hitting 40 of their 70 field goal attempts. All of Barracudas' imports were in double figures.

However, Ramos is not taking things lightly for their 4pm date in the Sultanate today.

"I think that the point-guard (Chze Hian Chai) and also their No 14 player (Way Tek Koh ) could pose the biggest threats to us," commented the Filipino mentor.

The Filipino coach came up with the right formula on Wednesday playing down at the low post to feed Barracudas' tall American imports Lonnie Jones and Mike Pilgrim.

The Barracudas outscored their opponents 60-26 inside the painted area.

"We will continue to work on our defence and at the same time we will try to improve on our offence too.

"But we are confident that we can win the game tomorrow (Sunday). We're anticipating the Dragons to double team on our imports below," said Ramos. "However, we are all set and ready with what I have planned," added the Filipino coach.

The rest of the Barracudas line up include the threesome of captain Francis 'Kiko' Adriano, Leo Avenido and Don Camaso. They will be backed up by local players vice-captain Esmond Tan, Xavier Fong, Benjamin Lim, Presley Ho and Benjamin Sim.

Meanwhile, the Thailand Tigers will open their account in the ABL when they take on Satria Muda BritAma (Indonesia) at the BritAma Arena in Jakarta at 4pm today.

The Singapore Slingers will play host to the visiting Philippine Patriots at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at the same time.

The Barracudas currently top the six-team table with one win and one loss followed by the Patriots and Slingers who have each registered one victory. Satria Muda and the Dragons both have one loss each. The Brunei Times

amdgc82
10-18-2009, 11:49 AM
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Barracudas Host Dragons Today
Written by James Kon
Sunday, 18 October 2009

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Mike Pilgrim of Barracudas in a training session on triple team yesterday

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunet's first professional basketball team, Barracudas, will be entertaining the KL Dragons in their third match of the Asean Basketball League at the National Indoor Stadium at 4pm today.

It's the second time that both teams have met within a week. On Wednesday, Barracudas whipped the KL Dragons 94-76 in Kuala Lumpur but today match-up maybe a different story. When met at the training ground yesterday, coach Bong of. Barracudas said: "We are anticipating some adjustment in the KL Dragons line-up following their defeat against us on Wednesday."

"I am sure that they will try to double team or even triple team our imports of Lonnie Jones and Mike Pilgrim. But I hope my players will be able to execute the game-plan that we tried out today to counter the defensive strategy of KL Dragons:"

About KL Dragons, Bong said: "They are a good team. It was just their tune-up game on Wednesday and they were caught flatfooted. I am sure they will improve and make adjustments to counter our tall guys tonight."

Bong also hoped that all local basketball fans would come to the Indoor Stadium to support the Barracudas.

Meanwhile, KL Dragons head coach Goh Cheng Huat in a separate interview said: "We will try to execute whatever works. We will try our best." However the Malaysian national coach also said: "I think Barracudas have a good chance of winning after having an easy game against us."

The KL Dragons who were the runner-up in this year's Malaysia International Basketball Championship comprised mostly Malaysian national players with only two imports, Jamal Brown and Chris Lynch.

When asked why KL Dragons don't want to import more players, the coach said: "My aim is to use the Asean Basketball League to groom Malaysians. They can be exposed to international games and upgrade their standard to become better players."

Goh also hoped that KL Dragons will perform well in the Asean Basketball league Tickets are priced at $5, $8 and $20 for adults and $1, $3 and $8 for children.

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10-18-2009, 01:01 PM
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Asean Basketball League - Thailand Tigers vs Satria Muda Britama
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History in the Making!

Thailand's first professional basketball league will be playing their first home game this Sunday 18 Oct @ 4PM, at Minibutri National Stadium.

Game: Thailand Tigers vs Satria Muda BritAma (Indonesia)
Time: 4 pm
Venue: Nimibutri National Stadium

This first home game is free for all to join, spread the word!

The Thailand Tigers are part of the ASEAN Basketball League.

Official list of players:

J.O. - Ratdech Kruatiwa (Thai)
Palm - Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (Thai)
Poy- Darunpong Apiromvilaichai (Thai)
Jak - Chaiwat Kaedum (Thai)
Gaeng - Chattipak Ruankam (Thai)
Dave - Sukdave Ghogar (Thai)
Ike - Ikenna Chukwuemeka Nwankwo (American)
Nop - Attaporn Lertmalaiporn (Thai)
Boy - Piyapong Piroon (Thai)
Alex - Alex John Gaspal Doruelo (Filipino)
Ricky - Ricky Inguin Ricafuente (Filipino)
Mic - Sorranut Sirichumchai (Thai)

amdgc82
10-18-2009, 06:50 PM
Final Score

Slingers 74 - 69 Patriots
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Barracudas 73 - 76 Dragons
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Tigers 75 - 78 SM BritAma

D_I_A
10-18-2009, 10:21 PM
puro tayo porma eh, di kondisyon ang mga players, kahit yung imports kaparehong mahina sa free throws.
daming lost and given opportunities.

hopefully makabawi pag si Alas na ang humawak sa team

digitalsuperman
10-19-2009, 06:59 AM
ganda lahat nang game... close battle lahat... maganda ito para sa league... GO ABL!

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 07:07 AM
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S'pore cagers take an early lead in the ABL after beating Patriots
by Low Lin Fhoong
05:55 AM Oct 19, 2009

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The Slingers (in yellow) gave home fans plenty to cheer about with a convincing victory over the Patriots. WEE TECK HIAN

Asean Basketball League

S'pore Slingers 74 Philippine Patriots 69

SINGAPORE - There were queues outside the box office, right up until tip-off at 4pm yesterday, and the over 2,200 spectators at the Singapore Indoor Stadium weren't disappointed.

The Singapore Slingers hosted the Philippine Patriots in what could be a preview for the final of the Asean Basketball League 2009-2010 season, and the home team romped to a 74-69 win over the Filipino visitors.

It was the Slingers' second win in as many matches in the inaugural ABL season, following a 87-69 rout of the Brunei Barracudas at home the weekend before.

Coach Frank Arsego was all smiles after the final buzzer.

"They did a good job handling the pressure today," he told MediaCorp. "Everyone had to work hard today, especially the guards, and I'm proud of the boys."

The Slingers now top the ABL table, but with 13 games left in the four-month long season Arsego said it's still too early to make title predictions. He said: "We still have a long way to go, and we have to continue to improve as all the teams will improve during the season. We've got a lot to work on before we can become contenders, but we definitely want to be one of them."

Getting the show on the road

The Slingers were quick off the blocks yesterday, taking the first quarter 18-15 with American star forward Michael LeBlanc getting on the board with six points.

The Patriots clawed back in the second period to a 26-25 lead with three minutes remaining, but local hero Wong Wei Long sank two huge 3-pointers to put the Slingers up 34-30 going into the break.

Things heated up in the foul-ridden second half as both teams hustled hard and tempers flared. Late in the third quarter, Filipino point guard Warren Ibanez took an elbow to the face and crashed into photographers behind the basket, leaving the court with a bloody nose.

A late surge in the fourth quarter saw the Patriots close the gap to 69-65 but it was too little, too late as the Slingers closed out the hard-fought tie for a 74-69 victory.

Slingers centre Kyle Jeffers led all scorers with 17 points, followed by LeBlanc (15) and guard Marcus Ng (13). Brandon Charles Powell was the Patriots' top scorer with 15 points.

The Slingers next travel to the Brunei Indoor Stadium for a rematch with the Barracudas next Saturday, and American centre Jeffers can't wait to get the show on road.

"We're going to be preparing for the next game against the Barracudas, which is our first road trip and we need to adjust to travelling," he said. "Our goal is to win the league title, and the hunt for the championship will keep us focused."

Yesterday's results

Brunei Barracudas 73 KL Dragons 76,

Thailand Tigers 75 Satria Muda BritAma 78

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 07:11 AM
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Basketball: Singapore Slingers beat Philippine Patriots 74-69
Posted: 18 October 2009 2140 hrs

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SINGAPORE : The Singapore Slingers won on Sunday evening, unseating the ASEAN Basketball League contender 74-69.

The Philippine Patriots led the first few points but the Slingers quickly fought back and were ahead at the end of the first quarter.

The Patriots played hard though and the teams were neck and neck during the second quarter.

But the Patriots gained ground as they took advantage of fatigue and unforced errors from the Slingers.

Spurred on by the 2,200 fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the Slingers held on to their lead to win the game. - CNA/ms

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 07:26 AM
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Sunday 18th October 2009
Slingers 74-69 Patriots

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The Singapore Slingers dug deep on Sunday to upset ABL contenders the Philippine Patriots 74-69 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Slingers center Kyle Jeffers led his team with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Michael LeBlanc added 15 points playing a versatile role on both ends of the floor for the home team.

The Philippine Patriots were led by Brandon Powell, who scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the visitors, with Jason Dixon adding 12 points in the paint.

The Patriots had set up their stall to shackle Singapore's Al Vergara, but the diminutive point guard had other plans.

The Slingers' Filipino import did the little things in this game, like playing lockdown defence, and came up with a steal and numerous deflections for his troubles.

Singapore fed on his energy and played smothering D to force the Patriots into a timeout with 5:16 left in the first period.

However, the Filipino outfit displayed a higher level of athleticism, with Brandon Powell getting into the paint at will and finishing strong.

Patriots coach Bog Adronado gave his team a pep talk during the timeout and it invigorated the visiting side, as the Patriots started pressing at the halfcourt, with Christian Coronel stealing the ball from backup Wong Wei Long to go for an uncontested layup.

A LeBlanc jumper from 15 feet brought the first quarter to an end as the Slingers somehow managed to grab an 18-15 lead, with the Slingers' bigman scoring six points to lead the home side.

The Slingers came out roaring from the break, revving up their half court press to force the Patriots into difficult shots, as Singapore took a 25-16 lead with six minutes to go. Al Vergara ran the break to perfection in this run, once lobbing the ball to Marcus Ng for the ally-oop.

But the Patriots rallied behind their backcourt of Warren Ibanez and Coronel, squeezing the life out of every Slinger possession.

With the home team having difficulty even beating the shot clock, the Filipino side, led by Jerwin Gaco's six points in the second period, battled back to take a 27-26 lead with less than three minutes to go.

Wong Wei Long then saved the Slingers' quarter as he exploded for seven straight points within thirty seconds, first drawing a foul on Froilan Baguion on a three-pointer. The backup PG completed the four-point play by sinking the ensuing freethrow and then sank another trey as the Patriots turned the ball over.

Wei Long's heroics ensured that the Slingers went into the half-time break with a slender 34-30 lead.

The third quarter continued to be a defensive struggle, as both teams found the going tough with shots constantly going in and out of the basket.

The Slingers, however, managed to find chinks in the Patriots armour, relying on three different players to score and take a 43-34 lead with a little over seven minutes left in the quarter. Al Vergara once again showed his veteran savvy as he sank a trey, then stole the ball to feed Jeffers for a dunk, forcing Coach Adornado to call time.

The game descended into a foul fest following the timeout, with Jeffers getting called for his fourth foul halfway through the third, putting the Slingers over the limit and the Patriots on the free-throw line.

The Patriots resorted to a full court press to force the Slingers into turnovers, and it showed early promise as Singapore guard Desmond Oh lost control of the ball in the back court, which led to an uncontested Brandon Powell layup.

The Filipino team's plan backfired as Michael LeBlanc took it upon himself to bring the ball up the court, slaloming past three defenders before kicking the ball to Pathman Matialakan to kiss it off the glass for two points.

Emotions ran high as the two-thousand strong crowd's energy spilled onto the court, with backup guard Warren Ibanez caught in the crossfire as he took an elbow to his face while attempting to take a charge on LeBlanc. Ibanez was helped off the court after a medical timeout, much to the relief of everyone.

LeBlanc sank both free throws to extend Singapore's lead to 54-40, with Baguion pilfering the ball from Vergara to score off a layup to end a physical third quarter.

Patriots coach Bogs Adornado was adamant that his full court press could trim the Slingers' 12-point lead, and it worked in the fourth quarter, as fatigue and unforced errors from Singapore fuelled the Filipino's eight-point run to start the fourth.

Coach Frank Arsego countered by adding size to his front line, inserting Kyle Jeffers back into the game. But it was fellow bigman Michael LeBlanc that stole the show, operating as an emergency point-forward, as he rebounded the ball and ran the offence, even scoring four valuable points to stem the Patriots' tide to put the Slingers back up by ten points with less than five minutes to go.

The Patriots continued pressing the full length of the court, with Coach Adornado instructing the taller and longer Khasim Mirza to mark Singapore's primary ballhandlers. The strategy, however, was rendered useless as Wong Wei Long left the swingman in his dust to go coast-to-coast for the breakaway lay-in.

With 1:49 left on the clock and the Slingers up 69-61, LeBlanc, who had been impressive up to that point, made an uncharacteristic error by committing a flagrant foul on Ibanez.

The Patriots only scored a single point from the flagrant, much to the power forward's relief, but Ibanez returned to stick a cold dagger into the hearts of Singapore the next possession, sinking a go-ahead three to cut the deficit to four points at 69-65, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Jeffers was fouled on the next possession, but made only one of two free throws to keep the Slingers up by five points. Marcus Ng then attempted to take a charge as Brandon Powell knifed into the lane with 26 seconds left, but was called for a blocking foul, sending the guard to the line.

Powell would sink only one of the two free-throws, but Singapore made it difficult on themselves as they threw the ball away after securing the rebound, leading to a Patriots timeout.

The Slingers managed to force a turnover after the timeout, as the Patriots began fouling to stop the clock, but Singapore managed to withstand the barrage of fouls to prevail 74-69 over the ABL contenders.

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 09:35 AM
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ABL NEWS | 18th October 2009
Singapore Slingers 74 – 69 Philippine Patriots

Sunday, 18 October 2009, Singapore – Singapore Slingers met the Philippine Patriots today at the Singapore Indoor Stadium

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The Singapore Slingers won 74 – 69 against the Philippine Patriots, taking an early 3-point lead in the first period. The Singapore Slingers then widened the gap at the third quarter, leading 54 – 42.

The Philippine Patriots spurred a last minute effort in the fourth quarter and managed to score 27 points against Singapore Slingers’ 20, but it was still not enough to win the match.

Kyle Jeffers lead the Singapore Slingers with 17 points, and Michael LeBlanc with 15 points. Brandon Charles Powell of the Philippine Patriots scored 15 points, supported by Jason Lamar Dixon’s 12 points.

Bob Turner, Managing Director of Singapore Slingers was happy with his team’s second consecutive win. “Tonight was a great advertisement for the ABL and a guide of things to come. For the Slingers, we showed great composure against a very good team. Our win will turn some heads in Singapore that they have a team they can be proud of and a sports product that will quickly become the place to be. The crowd of 2212 will continue to build and by end of the year is to fill all 11,000 seats. The rematch against the Philippine Patriots could be the game to do it”

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Brunei Barracudas 73 – 76 KL Dragons

Sunday, 18 October 2009, Brunei – Brunei Barracudas met with the KL Dragons at the Brunei Indoor Stadium.

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The KL Dragons took their revenge and won 76 - 73 against the Brunei Barracudas in a hard fought match, with the first period ending 25 – 21 in favor of the KL Dragons. They managed to maintain their slim lead throughout the remaining 3 quarters, averaging a 4 point lead every quarter.

KL Dragons’ Aaron Christopher Lynch lead the team with 23 points, and Jamal Daryl Brown with 15 points. Brunei Barracudas’ Celedon Camaso also scored 23 points but it was not enough to prevent the Brunei Barracudas’ from losing at their homeground.

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KL Dragons team owner Mr Ruben Gnanalingam was proud of his team. ‘After a nervous first game, the boys came back to show their worth. The boys and the coach did really well especially being away from home. It was a narrow victory but a win is a win. We have to work much harder now to prepare for the tough games coming up. Go Dragons!”

Benny Ang, team manager for the Brunei Barracudas said the loss was hard to swallow “ It was a tough loss, but we expected the KL Dragons to come hard after our win in Malaysia and they did. We understand we are still a new team and we are still trying to find our rhythm, and we saw some parts that we can improve on, which we definitely will. We look forward to our next match against Singapore this Saturday”.

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Thailand Tigers 75 - 78 Satria Muda BritAma

Sunday, 18 October 2009, Thailand – The Thailand Tigers met with Satria Muda BritAma today at Nimibutr National Stadium in Thailand.

Satria Muda BritAma advanced in the first quarter, leading 21 – 17 against the Thailand Tigers, but the Thailand Tigers came back to take the lead in the second and third quarters. Satria Muda BritAma regained their form and emerged as winners in the fourth quarter, taking the match 78 – 75.

Alexander Gordon Hartman was in superb form, leading Satria Muda BritAma with 33 points, while team mate Theophilus Rahmone Little trailed with 9 points. As for the Thailand Tigers, Ricky Inquin Ricafuente and Attaporn Lertmalaiporn both had 23 points each.

Thailand Tigers team owner Mr Wim Reijnen says overall his team played well “It was a very close game as our first, and it was an amazing outcome despite the little time we had to prepare”.
This win will boost Satria Muda BritAma after their 69 – 76 loss to Philippine Patriots on 10 October. Satria Muda BritAma are set to meet the KL Dragons at the BritAma Arena on 25th October.


For more information, please contact Mr Kuhan Foo, Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN Basketball League at +6012 331 1398 or email kuhan@aseanbasketballleague.com, or Samantha Surin, Marketing at +6016 219 8847 or email samantha@aseanbasketballleague.com

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 09:39 AM
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Barracudas feel Dragons' fire
Yee Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Monday, October 19, 2009

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THE Barracudas failed to do a double on the KL Dragons when they fell 76-73 in their first home game of the inaugural ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) at the National Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas yesterday.

Chris Lynch led the Dragons with 23 points and their other American import, Jamal Brown, posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

On the other hand, the Barracudas were led by Don Camaso with his double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds while his compatriot Leo Avenido chipped in 19 points.

Brunei's first professional basketball team were banking on their big American imports, Mike Pilgrim and Lonnie Jones, to help deliver back-to-back victories by playing in the low post. They executed the same plan to perfection in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to slay the Dragons 94-76.

But it was a different ball game yesterday as both Pilgrim and Jones were limited to 12 and four points respectively and that led to the Barracudas' downfall.

Dragons coach, Goh Cheng Huat, had made the right changes to double team the Barracudas' American imports each time they touched the ball.

The Barracudas managed 60 points in the paint in their previous match and only 26 yesterday. They were outrebounded 44-27 yesterday. Most importantly, the Barracudas were 13/23 from the charity stripe.

The Dragons came out playing man-to-man full court pressure defence to make things tough for the Barracudas.

In addition, the visitors rallied behind good perimeter shooting to drop five three-pointers for the period to open up a 25-20 lead going into the second quarter.

The Dragons were also collecting the boards despite their shooting having deserted them and stayed ahead 38-35 heading into halftime.

Executing well on offence, the Malaysian side opened up a 52-43 lead halfway through the third quarter, but a 7-2 run towards the end, sparked by Barracudas captain Francis 'Kiko' Adriano with five points, reduced the deficit at 60-55 going into the final stanza.

The comeback was made tougher as foul trouble plagued the Barracudas with Pilgrim heading to the bench after picking up his fourth foul early in the final period.

Sensing the urgency, Avenido stepped up to carry the Barracudas scoring seven straight points down the stretch to help his team grab the lead for the first time at 70-67 with two minutes left in the game.

However, poor execution and turnovers down the stretch allowed the Dragons to avenge their defeat.

"We had a big chance to win as we managed to come back and take the lead. We knew it wasn't over until the final buzzer," said Barracudas coach Bong Ramos in an interview with The Brunei Times after the game.

"We expected all the things like double or triple teams on our imports and it happened. We executed well on offence and attacked from the weak side but we missed too many shots towards the end.

"They came here ready to play and avenge their defeat in Kuala Lumpur. I knew it was going to be a different story and I was right. I knew they were going to be a different side. But there is noone to blame for the loss and I take full responsibility for it," said the Filipino mentor.

The coach said fatigue also played a role in their first home defeat as they had to play three games in the opening week of the ABL.

On the other hand, Goh was relieved and dedicated their first win in the league to the team's owners.

"I'm glad and proud that my team managed to pull it off."

Meanwhile, the Singapore Slingers pulled off a convincing 74-69 win over the Philippine Patriots to notch up their second victory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Kyle Jeffers posted a double-double to lead the Slingers with 17 points and 12 rebounds while their other American import, Michael Leblanc, chipped in 15 points.

Brandon Charles Powell led the Patriots with his own double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Satria Muda BritAma got their first victory in the ABL yesterday edging the Thailand Tigers 78-75 at the Nimibutr National Stadium in Thailand.

Alexander Hartman led Satria Muda with 33 points. Ricky Ricafuente and Attaporn Lertmalaiporn each contributed 23 points for the Tigers to a losing cause.

The Brunei Times

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 09:41 AM
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October 18, 2009
Hartman Leads Satria Muda Past Tigers

Alex Hartman scored early and often on Sunday, and Satria Muda Britama needed every bit of help.

The Indonesian Basketball League juggernaut fought hard for its first victory in the Asean Basketball League, finishing strong to beat the Thailand Tigers 78-75 at Nimibutr National Stadium in Bangkok.

Hartman, an American import playing in his second stint with Satria Muda, scored a game-high 33 points to go with six rebounds and three steals. He received precious little help, though, as the visitors’ next-best scorer was Theo Little, who had nine points.

Free throws proved the difference in the evenly matched contest, though neither side showed great proficiency at making them. Thailand shot 7 for 17 (41 percent) from the stripe, and while Satria Muda was not much better at a 49 percent clip, it made up for it in volume by making 17 of its 35 attempts.

Hartman carried the load there, too, shooting 12-of-21 from the line. The rest of the team made five of 14 attempts.

Attaporn Lertmalaiporn and Ricky Ricafuente each scored 23 points to lead Thailand, which was making its ABL debut.

Elsewhere, the Singapore Slingers stayed unbeaten with a 74-69 victory over the Philippines Patriots at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Kyle Jeffers led four Singapore players in double figures with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Leblanc scored 15 points, Marcus Ng had 13 and Al Vergara finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Brandon Powell scored 18 points to lead the Patriots, who struggled from outside and made just four of their 25 3-point attempts.

In Brunei, Aaron Lynch scored 23 points to carry the Kuala Lumpur Dragons to a 76-73 victory over the Brunei Barracudas, avenging a 94-76 loss to Brunei in Malaysia on Oct. 14.

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 10:51 AM
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Monday, October 19, 2009
Sweet Revenge For Dragon
Written by Edwin Eng

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Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei first professional basketball team, Barracudas went down narrowly to KL Dragons 76-73 at the National Indoor Stadium yesterday.

It was sweet revenge for the Malaysian outfit- after lost to Barracudas 94-76 in Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday.

Starting in the first five for Barracudas were Celedon Camaso, Michael Pilgrim, Leonidez Avenido, Esmond Tan and Lonnie Jones and for KL Dragons were Loh Shee Fai, Aaron Christopher Lynch, Jamal Daryl Brown, Chee Li Wei and Guganeswaran Batumalai. Among the guests at the match were YAM Pengiran Anak Khairul Khalil and the US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, William E Todd.

From the first buzzer, both teams fought point for point but the KL Dragons managed to end the first quarter with a four-point lead at 25-21. In the second quarter, Barracudas imported player, Michael Pilgrim missed with the alley-oop, assisted from Leonidez Avenido.

Barracudas' Francis Adriano was also impressive but the Malaysians took the lead at the halfway mark at 38-35 with Lynch scoring via two penalty shots.

After the breather, KL Dragons changed their strategy into a full court press and led 60-55 at the end of the third quarter with some lightning speed fast break counter strategy.

In the fourth quarter, Barracudas managed to tie the score once again with two penalty shots by Leonidez Avenido.

KL Dragons' Jamal Daryl Brown scored a three pointer which put them once again ahead of Barracudas and to sake things more difficult, Chai Chze Hian scored another extra two points and with less than a minute left in the game, Barracudas were now down by four points.

With four points down during the final minute, Barracudas staged a gallant fightback with Leonidez Avenido and Michael Pilgrim contributing three points to bring the score to 74-73.

The KL Dragons held on stoutly and Loh Shee Fai killed whatever hopes Barracudas have by scoring two points at the final whistle for a 76-73 victory. In an interview after the match. KL Dragons head coach, Goh Cheng Huat said: "Vie lost that day and that hurts our players but we make it up and I'm very glad."

"I didn't expect to win honestly but I expect them to give a good fight and with this victory, we have regain our confidence," Goh added. On the Barracudas, Goh said: "They go all out but it was quite unlucky for them, they missed a few shots but -there are a few lucky shots too."

"Barracudas played really hard and really try their best to win the game," added the coach.

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 11:06 AM
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It's a slam dunk: Brunei abuzz with basketball
Melvin Jong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Monday, October 19, 2009

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Electrifying: Bruneian basketball fans cheering on the Barracudas at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday. Picture: Melvin Jong

SUPPORTERS of Brunei Barracudas basketball team yesterday lit up the entire Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex with a passion and intensity rivalling that of the national cagers who were playing their first home game of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

Despite the cold, wet weather, basketball fans flocked to the stadium with high hopes after the Sultanate's ABL squad, led by American imports Lonnie Jones and forward Mike Pilgrim, picked apart their Malaysian counterpart earlier this week with a 94-76 victory.

Even though the Barracudas trailed the Kuala Lumpur Dragons for most of yesterday's game, the fans never lost hope as they went wild cheering for the Barracudas' every effort.

"I think the response is really good, the atmosphere is electrifying," said Jun, a 24-year-old Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) student.

"It shows how much we support them. Some of the plays are amazing... This is just great," he said.

The passion of the local crowd however came to life in the second half of the game as they realised that every shot, miss or violation could have irreversible repercussions on the outcome of the match.

Yelling "Defence!" every time the Malaysian team went on the offensive, as well as wincing and booing at every questionable call by the referees, the fans literally tried to will the Barracudas to victory.

The cheers of support only grew louder every time a local player stepped onto the court, let alone when they contributed to either the offensive or defensive efforts of the team.

Spectator Marcus Loy said he was quite surprised at how into the game the crowd was. "I knew it was going to be loud and noisy but I never thought it would be this much fun," he said, adding that the unsurrending spirit of both teams and competitiveness of the match only fuelled the crowd's enthusiasm.

"Most of us thought it was going to be an easy game after our last win but this is much better," added the 22-year-old.

His only complaint of the night was the difficulty of keeping up with the score as the electronic scoreboard wasn't working, an issue echoed by many in the crowd.

"I don't see why they can't have a manual scoreboard if the electric one is not working," said Loy.

"It's just too inconvenient for us to run down (to the courtside) every time we want to know the score," he added.

One girl from the Philippines said, "There are supporters in all corners of the stadium and only half of them can see the score. The rest of us have to call our friends on the other side of the court to get score and time updates."

"The game would have been much more fun and exciting if we knew how many points we were down or up," chimed in her friend.

The Barracudas fell to the Dragons with a slim 73-76 loss. Their next game is against the Singapore Slingers on October 24 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Indoor Stadium.

The Brunei Times

GHRanger
10-19-2009, 11:19 AM
Was not able to watch the game but 30 something percent shooting and 4/25 three point shots, is not good in any day. Either the 3s were taken during the 4th quarter or we just threw bricks big time. Anyone able to watch?

D_I_A
10-19-2009, 03:25 PM
it was shown at ESPN yesterday.. check their website www.aseanbasketballleague.com

amdgc82
10-19-2009, 07:20 PM
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ABL: RP Patriots fall to Singapore Slingers
10/19/2009 | 12:36 PM

SINGAPORE – The Singapore Slingers foiled the Philippine Patriots’ late surge and rolled to their second straight win while Indonesia’s Sutria Muda Britama and the Kuala Lumpur Dragons scored similar thrilling victories in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship.

American imports Kyle Jeffers and Mike LeBlanc and Marcus Ng delivered the telling blows down the stretch as the Slingers outlasted the Patriots, 74-69, to take the early lead in the six-nation tournament.

The Patriots, who touched off their campaign with a 75-67 win over Sutria Muda two weeks ago, slipped to 1-1.

Over at Nimibutr National Stadium in Thailand, Sutria Muda Britama got on the winning column by eking out a 78-75 triumph over the Thailand Tigers while the Kuala Lumpur Dragons got back at the Brunei Barracudas, 76-73, in Brunei.

The Barracudas, who beat the Dragons, 94-76, in their first meeting, was paced by former PBA players Don Camaso and Leo Avenido with 23 and 17 points, respectively.

In his debut for the Tigers, former Patriot Ricky Ricafuente sizzled for 23 points but his effort went down the drain after their last-ditch bid to turn the game around fizzled out.

The RP Patriots will battle the Thailand Tigers on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena – their first in the country.

"Our team played bad," said Patriots assistant coach Bogs Adornado. "Our shooting was poor. We had crucial turnovers. We also got bad breaks."

The Patriots fell behind by 15 points in the third quarter but rallied mightily in the fourth behind the efforts of Christian Coronel, Warren Ibañez and the plodding Jason Dixon that saw them cut the Slingers’ lead down to 66-70 on a charity by Brandon Powell with still 28 ticks left.

The Filipinos had the chance to move closer after a turnover by the Slingers but to the horror of the Patriots coaching staff, Ibañez was called for a 5-second violation during inbound that all but dashed their remaining hopes.

The 6-foot-6 Ng then sealed the win for the Slingers with four straight charities.

The Slingers, who beat San Miguel Beer and Coke in exhibition games prior to the start of the PBA season, were led by the 6-foot-11 Jeffers with 17 points while LeBlanc, who played as import for the RP team in the SEABA championship in Jakarta, Indonesia last year, added 15.

The Patriots outrebounded the Slingers, 38-32 but they made only 26-of-74 tries from the field for 35 percent against 29-of-60 for 48 percent for the Slingers whose offense was orchestrated masterfully by Filipino guard Al Vergara.

Powell led the Patriots for the second straight game with 15 markers and 11 boards while Dixon had 12 points and nine rebounds. Coronel was the top scorer for the locals with nine.

The scores:

Singapore Slingers 74 - Jeffers 17, LeBlanc 15, Ng 13, Vergara 11, Matialakan 8, W. Wong 7, Hong 2, Oh 1, S. Wong 0, Sadasivan 0, Khoo 0, Lim 0.

Philippine Patriots 69 - Powell 15, Dixon 12, Coronel 9, Ybañez 8, Gaco 7, Baguion 6, Mirza 5, Sta. Maria 4, Wainwright 3, Andaya 0, Daa 0, Mondragon 0.

Quarterscores: 18-15, 34-30, 54-42, 74-69
- GMANews.TV

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10-19-2009, 07:23 PM
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Patriots lose to Singaporeans in ASEAN league
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MANILA – The Philippine Patriots failed to score their second straight win in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) after losing to the Singapore Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Sunday.

The Slingers beat the Patriots, 74-69, according to the tournament’s official website.

The Singaporean cagers held an early lead over the Filipinos and never looked back, despite a fourth quarter rally by the Filipino team. “The Philippine Patriots spurred a last minute effort in the fourth quarter and managed to score 27 points against Singapore Slingers’ 20, but it was still not enough to win the match,” read an ABL report.

The Patriots won their first game against Indonesia’s Satria Muda BritAma, 75-67, last October 10.

Meanwhile, Singapore Slingers managing director Bob Turner told the ABL that he was happy with his team’s performance as well as with the crowd turnout. He said he is confident that the league will be able to attract a crowd of 11,000 by the end of the year.

“The rematch against the Philippine Patriots could be the game to do it,” stated Turner. Sunday’s game between the Slingers and Patriots drew 2,212 spectators.

as of 10/19/2009 1:03 PM

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10-19-2009, 07:25 PM
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Slingers down Patriots, 74-69
October 19, 2009, 4:42pm

SINGAPORE — The Singapore Slingers foiled the Philippine Patriots’ late surge and rolled to their second straight win while Indonesia’s Sutria Muda Britama and Kuala Lumpur Dragons also won in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship.

American imports Kyle Jeffers and Mike LeBlanc and Marcus Ng delivered the telling blows as the Slingers outlasted the Patriots, 74-69, to take the early lead in the 6-nation tournament.

Over at Nimibutr National Stadium in Thailand, Sutria Muda Britama bounced back from a 67-75 loss to the RP Patriots last Saturday by eking out a 78-75 win over the Thailand Tigers while the Kuala Lumpur Dragons got back at the Brunei Barracudas, 76-73, in Brunei.

The Barracudas, who beat the Dragons 94-76 in their first meeting, was paced by former PBA players Don Camaso and Leo Avenido with 23 and 17 points, respectively.

In his debut for the Tigers, former Patriot Ricky Ricafuente sizzled for 23 points but his effort went down the drain after their last-ditch bid to turn the game around fizzled out.

The Patriots will battle the Thailand Tigers on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena – their first in the country.

"Our team played bad," admitted Patriots assistant coach Bogs Adornado.

"Our shooting was poor. We had crucial turnovers. We also got bad breaks."

The Patriots fell behind by 15 points in the third quarter but rallied in the fourth behind Christian Coronel, Warren Ibanez and import Jason Dixon that saw them cut the Slingers’ lead to 66-70 on a charity by Brandon Powell with still 28 ticks left.

The Filipinos had the chance to move closer after a turnover by the Slingers but to the horror of the Patriots’ coaching staff, Ibanez was called for a 5-second violation during inbound.

The 6-foot-6 Ng then sealed the win for the Slingers with four straight charities.

The Slingers, who beat San Miguel Beer and Coke during their exhibitions game here prior to the start of the PBA season, were led by the 6-foot-11 Jeffers with 17 points while LeBlanc, who played as import for the RP team in the SEABA championship in Jakarta, Indonesia last year, added 15.

The Patriots outrebounded the Slingers, 38-32 but they made only 26 of 74 tries from the field for 35 percent against 29 of 60 for 48 percent for the Slingers whose offense was orchestrated masterfully by Filipino guard Al Vergara.

The scores:
SINGAPORE 74 — Jeffers 17, LeBlanc 15, Ng 13, Vergara 11, Matialakan 8, W. Wong 7, Hong 2, Oh 1, S. Wong 0, Sadasivan 0, Khoo 0, Lim 0.
PHILIPPINES 69 — Powell 15, Dixon 12, Coronel 9, Ybañez 8, Gaco 7, Baguion 6, Mirza 5, Sta. Maria 4, Wainwright 3, Andaya 0, Daa 0, Mondragon 0.
Quarters: 18-15, 34-30, 54-42, 74-69.

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10-19-2009, 07:30 PM
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Slingers withstand late-game charge to beat Patriots 74-69 for second ABL win
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Story by Erwin Wong, Jan Lin and Koh Yizhe/Red Sports. Photos by Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports.

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Marcus Ng (Slingers, #21) tries to round Christian Coronel (Patriots, #4) in his approach to the basket. The Australian-Chinese scored 13 points, including 2 free throws and a dunk which sealed the lid on the game. He also tied for a game-high 4 assists with 4 rebounds. (Photo 1 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

Singapore Indoor Stadium, Sunday, October 18, 2009 – For all of three quarters, the Singapore Slingers’ ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) match against the Philippine Patriots went the way of their season-opener against the Brunei Barracudas seven days earlier.

Once again, the Slingers held a 25-16, nine-point lead in the second quarter before their opponents rallied back to keep the half-time Slinger lead honest. The home team then pulled away to lead by double digits in the third period, but instead of allowing the Slingers to coast to victory in the fourth, the Patriots did not simply go quietly.

The Slingers eventually came out tops 74-69, but not before enduring a nervy late-game meltdown which saw them struggle to overcome the Patriots’ suffocating full-court pressure defence, resulting in eight fourth-quarter turnovers, but eventually surviving when Patriots’ Warren Ibanez committed a crucial miscue of his own to yield the game to the Slingers.

Kyle Jeffers led the home team with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but had to miss nearly half of the second 20 minutes when he picked up his fourth foul with 4 minutes and 56 seconds to play in the third period.

The American said: “The team came together when I was sitting out. It was really frustrating for me, but the team stuck to the game plan. The locals have to be given credit as they came in and played really hard. They stuck to their guns while playing their part in the team. Each player played their part and they complemented each other.”

With Jeffers on the bench one violation away from fouling out of the ball game, Steven Khoo came on for him and played out the remainder of the quarter. The team then altered their defensive strategy and actually extended their lead from that point on.

Said Jeffers’ co-captain Michael Wong: “We switched to a zone defence, and the Patriots did not shoot well during that stretch. On the offensive end, our off-the-ball movement was fast as well.”

The Slinger lead was soon bumped up to 15 when Michael LeBlanc, who scored 15 points, converted one of two free throws to make it 54-39, as the Patriots self-destructed on a slew of missed shots. They were an abysmal 3 of 23 from the field in the quarter and were outscored 20-12, but did make a game of it towards the end of the match when their full-court press – which they started to employ midway through the same third quarter – took its toll on the Slingers.

With point guard Al Vergara well-policed by opposite number Froilan Baguion and constantly being denied opportunities to receive the ball from Slinger inbound plays, the team had to turn to others for the first pass. These second options were either not as adept in handling the ball, or simply threw it away.

“We were expecting the full-court press and came up with strategies to overcome it, but we did not do too well,” said Michael Wong, who was scoreless from four attempts from the field. “That said, I thought that our opponents were over the edge, as they were pulling and hugging our players to deny them the ball.”

Things did get a little testy in the final period, as the Patriots’ 8-0 run whittled a 14-point deficit to only a 56-50 Slinger lead. With emotions running high as the highly-audible Philippine crowd egged the Patriots on, reserve point guard Wong Wei Long was involved in a jawing match with Christian Coronel after the latter fouled him, a sequence which also saw Wei Long swing an elbow after the foul was called.

Two minutes later, Wei Long blew his top when he was deemed to have fouled Brandon Powell on the latter’s successful lay up, and was promptly charged with an unsportsmanlike foul.

“My intention was to get the ball and smack it away. I got a clean sweep at it, but because I was behind him, it was called a foul,” said Wei Long, as he described the play.

“There was a time when I did get my emotions in the way. It was very frustrating when they were running me out of the court and the foul was called on me! So I was a bit emotional then, and I’ll have to learn to stay calm.”

The Patriots, though, had dug a hole too deep for themselves to climb back out of, and when the Slingers did manage to break the full-court press, the Philippine team failed to get sufficient defensive stops, and ultimately ran out of time at the death.

The Slingers still led by 10 with 2:19 to play, but Powell, who led the Patriots with 15 points and 11 rebounds, split a pair from the line to make it a four-point game at 70-66. After Slinger LeBlanc turned it over right after he rebounded the missed free throw, the Patriots had 26 seconds to play, an offensive inbounds possession right under the Slinger basket, and a whole host of options to utilize.

They could either hit the quick three or drive to the basket for two, since the Slingers were already in the penalty zone. If they scored, they could press the Slingers into another inbounds play turnover. And if they did not, they could foul and put the Slingers on the free throw line where their percentage hovered around the 50% mark all game.

Those scenarios were promptly rendered useless when Ibanez failed to release the ball within five seconds on the inbounds play, one of nine Patriot turnovers in the quarter. Marcus Ng then sealed the game with two free throws and a dunk, and the Slingers got out of jail.

Slingers’ coach Frank Arsego complimented his team’s defensive intensity for the close win. “I give a lot of credit to our defense. Our goal was to stay around the 70-point mark and we’ll be in the game. We kept them to 69 and we actually kept to quite a low score in the first half.”

“We’ve got a team that is very committed in playing defense, we may not be very aggressive but when it comes to the half-court, everyone is starting to learn about their responsibilities and they know they have to do it with 5 players and not just 1 player, and we’ll continue to develop that.”

Steven echoed his coach’s words, saying: “This match showed that we could really take it (doing well in the ABL). We played as one, our defence did a good job, and the bench players stepped up.”

Although the Slingers led after every quarter and held an advantage for more than 33 minutes, the game was much closer than the score suggested. “It was a tough challenge for us, but we withstood the charge,” said LeBlanc.

“It was a very physical game, and there were a lot of dirty stuff going on. They (the referees) gave me a flagrant foul but they never did see that I was punched on the chin before that. But we found a way to win at the end.”

The Slingers will travel to Brunei for their first road game of the season, and will play a much-improved Barracudas team which they beat by 18 points last week.

“We will just continue to play as one,” said LeBlanc on the October 24 match. “Every game will be tough, and it’s a lot tougher on the road. But we will continue to do what we do best, to take our opponents’ strengths away from them, and continue to believe in ourselves.”

The Patriots will next face the Thailand Tigers on Sunday, October 25, in the former’s first home game of the season. The Tigers lost 78-75 to Indonesia’s Satria Muda BritAma in their season-opening match today.

Attendance: 2,212

Scoring breakdown by quarters:
Singapore Slingers v Philippine Patriots
1st Q: 18-15
2nd Q: 16-15
3rd Q: 20-12
4th Q: 20-27
Final score: 74-69

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10-21-2009, 09:14 AM
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Dragons breathing fire again after first victory
By ERIC SAMUEL

PETALING JAYA: KL Dragons are all fired up after registering their first win in the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) on Sunday.

They scored a 76-73 win over Brunei Barracudas in a return leg match in Bandar Seri Begawan and coach Goh Cheng Huat said that it was a big boost to their spirit.

“It is good to have a win in hand,” said Cheng Huat, whose side crashed to a 76-94 home defeat by the Brunei side in their opening match of the league at the MABA Stadium on Oct 9.

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Aerial duel: KL Dragons’ Chee Li Wei in action against Brunei Barracudas’ Michael Pilgrim.

The Dragons’ two American pros, Chris Lynch and Jamal Brown, raised their game in Bandar Seri Begawan and scored 23 and 15 points respectively to help the team chalk up the slim win.

“The win is vital to boost the confidence of the players before our next match. Chris and Jamal put in extra work to ensure this win for the Dragons,” said Cheng Huat.

The Barracudas banked on the strength of their foreigners – Americans Michael Pilgrim and Lonnie Jones and Filipinos Adriano Francis, Don Canaso and Leo Avenido.

“The Barracudas did well to trouble us in the first match but they paid the price for depending too much on their foreign players. Their reserves were weak,” said Cheng Huat.

The Dragons hope to gain in momentum when they play their next match in Jakarta on Sunday against Satria Muda BritAma of Indonesia.

Singapore Slingers are going great guns in the ABL, picking up their second win by beating Philippine Patriots 74-69. In another match, Satria Muda BritAma chalked up their first win, beating Thailand Tigers 78-75.

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10-21-2009, 09:57 AM
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Slingers vs Patriots game analysis: Hard-fought win exposes Slingers’ weaknesses
Oct. 20
By Ian Chew

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Hong Wei Jian’s (Slingers, #10) layup attempt gets denied by Jason Dixon (Patriots, #42). Weijian was only 1 of 4 from the field and saw just 16 minutes of action. (Photo 1 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

Singapore Indoor Stadium, Sunday, 18 October, 2009 – The Slingers organization ought to be thankful for such a game early in the season.

They may have secured a win over the visiting Philippines Patriots, but not before receiving an almighty scare as their lead whittled away under intense Patriot pressure in the last few minutes.

The Slingers got their reprieve from the most unlikely of sources – an inbounds violation called on the Patriots at a most crucial moment by the Indonesian referee. Marcus Ng subsequently grabbed both points on the line to ensure a Slingers victory. Needless to say, the visitors were livid.

Yet the frustrations were by no means limited to the visitors, as both Slinger point guard Wong Wei Long and then forward Michael LeBlanc were slapped with uncharacteristic unsportsmanlike fouls in the fourth quarter.

It was a game that both sides badly wanted to win and it showed.

Match Verdict
The home win, though ugly and with a hint of controversy, was ultimately a fair result. The Slingers had a 48% field goal percentage for the game while the Patriots shot an abysmal 35% from the field.

Yet the poor shooting record of the visitors can be attributed to a steely Slinger defense that rotated quickly and industriously challenged every shot opportunity.

Play was sloppy at times with both teams committing more than 20 turnovers each but it definitely made for great entertainment for the fans from both sides who had much to cheer about.

Team Verdict
“It’s back to the drawing board,” declared Frank Arsego, head coach of the Slingers.

It is strange when a team of such calibre such as the Slingers struggles against a zone defense, but the main impediment must definitely be mental. Against a sudden switch to a zonal 2-3 defense by the Philippine Patriots in the second quarter, the Slingers offense had suddenly seemed hesitant and almost let slip a 9-point lead at that time.

It was the same story as the visiting Patriots went for broke late in the fourth with a full court man-to-man press. The Slingers again nearly let slip a comfortable 14-point lead through poor passing and offensive execution. The coaching staff now needs to ponder about how to deal with different tactical changes by their opponents.

Credit though to a hardworking Slinger defense, which is proving a hallmark of Frank Arsego’s coaching philosophy. The Patriots were restricted to just 42 points through the first three quarters.

Players Verdict
Kyle Jeffers, as usual, was solid and dependable at the post. His rebounding (12 rebounds in total) was a key reason for the Slingers victory. Add a 17-point contribution and you have a man-of-the-match performance right there. If there are any doubts, just ask his opposite number Dixon from the Patriots, who was tormented throughout the game just trying to contain him.

Al Vergara had his usual solid game, though he must rue his six turnovers and his free throw misses late in the game.

It was nice to see local Wong Wei Long add a touch of aggression to his game in addition to his recent increased points production (he scored two crucial back-to-back 3-pointers in the second quarter), but he needs to keep that aggression in check as well. He was fortunate to escape with an errant swing of the elbow in the third quarter on Patriot Christian Coronel.

Forwards Steven Khoo and Pathman filled in admirably for Kyle Jeffers when he was called for his fourth personal foul in the third quarter, but one Slinger that could step up is co-captain Michael Wong. He is capable of greater contribution and did have an off-day by his usual high standards.

View from the sidelines
A huge “MISS” sign paraded by a Slinger fan when the Patriot’s Dixon stepped up to the line succeeded in stirring up the home crowd! Hopefully that is a sign that fans are getting behind the team more as the season progresses.

Conclusion
A win is satisfying by any standards, and definitely one achieved against the Philippines Patriots. However, our players must learn to adapt to the rigours of professional basketball and this should prove a great learning experience.

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Al Vergara (Slingers, #19) tries to round his opponent and break free from the arm lock. His six turnovers was a surprise. (Photo 2 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Wong Wei Long (Slingers, #5) tries to stop Warren Ybanez (Patriots, #3) from progressing. Wei Long had a huge four-point play while hitting two straight 3-pointers to end the first half but lost his cool in the second with a wild elbow after provocation from Christian Coronel of the Patriots. (Photo 3 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Slingers co-captain Michael Wong (#11) tries to block Warren Ybanez’s pass. Michael was 0 for 3 in his 3-point attempts and saw only 10 minutes of game time. (Photo 4 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Steven Khoo (Slingers, #13) looks for a team mate while Jerwin Gaco (Patriots, #16) tries to intercept. Steven filled in admirably after Kyle Jeffers got into foul trouble in the third quarter with his fourth personal foul. (Photo 5 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Michael LeBlanc (Slingers, #35) takes a shot. LeBlanc got called for an unsportsmanlike foul in the fourth. LeBlanc had the second highest points total with 15 and hit 6 of 13 field goal attempts. (Photo 6 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Kyle Jeffers (Slingers, #31) goes for a lay up. Jeffers led all scorers with 17 points and was 8 of 13 from the field. (Photo 7 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Pathman Matialakan (Slingers, #15) made good use of his 16 minutes of playing time, registering 8 points and sank 3 of 5 field goal attempts. (Photo 8 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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10-21-2009, 10:05 AM
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Double the number of fans show up for second Slinger home game
Oct. 20
By Yvonne Yap/Red Sports

Singapore Indoor Stadium, Sunday, October 18, 2009 – 2,212 fans came to watch the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) game between the Singapore Slingers and the Philippine Patriots last Sunday. The Slingers won 74-69 to register their second consecutive victory.

As expected, a large number of fans were from the basketball-mad country of Philippines although for the first time, there were enough Slinger fans in the house who made their presence felt with audible chants of “Defense! Defense!” during the breathtaking final quarter.

For some first-time fans, it was an exciting game and the Slingers performed up to expectations.

“[The Slingers are] quite good, but there are a lot of Filipinos!” Red Sports ticket winner Kenneth Tan commented about the atmosphere in the stadium.

The Filipinos certainly made their presence felt as they thronged the East and West stands.

“Coming for the game is like supporting the Philippines …. I think they did great,” said 12-year-old Faye from the Philippines, who is studying in Singapore. It was her first ABL game.

Another Filipino catching the team for the first time was Julius, 25, who has been in Singapore for a year. He agreed that the number of Filipinos present at the game was overwhelming, but praised the Slinger fans for being “very loud” even though they were outnumbered.

“It was quite good, but they [Patriots] could have been better, maybe work on their free throws and more trainings,” said Julius who was a basketballer back in the Philippines and was impressed with the Patriots’ performance.

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Fans don’t watch the game sitting down … (Photo 1 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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… and make their feelings known to all. (Photo 2 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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The home crowd support for the Slingers was better this time, with the fans giving the Patriots supporters a run for their money in the volume department. (Photo 3 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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The Patriots supporters were definitely not intimidated and rose up to protest every time there was a dubious call against their team. (Photo 4 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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The crowds get animated every time the Slinger girls give out free t-shirts. (Photo 5 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Actor couple Allan Wu and Wong Li-lin (extreme left) were present to watch the match. (Photo 6 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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The Slingers huddle for a team “oosh” after the game. (Photo 7 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Wong Wei Long poses with a fan … (Photo 8 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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while teammate Hong Wei Jian autographs a fan’s shirt. (Photo 9 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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But the favourite was still Marcus Ng, with scores of fans (mostly women) lining up to have a picture taken with him. (Photo 10 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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The ‘MISS’ sign makes its appearance once again. He should do one for the Slingers that says ‘SCORE’. (Photo 11 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

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The crowd was comparatively better this time with 2,212 showing up. Only 1,100 showed up last week for the game against the Barracudas. (Photo 11 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

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Kenneth Tan (right) won a pair of tickets from the Red Sports reader contest and shared it with his friend, Warren Huang. (Photo 13 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

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10-21-2009, 10:09 AM
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Was he too hungry to play?
Yee Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Was it a food issue?: Barracudas' import Mike Pilgrim (R) in action against the KL Dragons during their ASEAN Basketball League match in Berakas on Sunday. Picture: BT Barracudas' Mike Pilgrim. picture: Saifulizam

WAS IT just a bad day or was Mike Pilgrim in some discomfort on Sunday when he recorded only 12 points and five rebounds during the Barracudas' 73-76 defeat to the KL Dragons in their ASEAN Basketball League match in Berakas?

According to a popular Brunei blog, Pilgrim said that "he ran out of fuel as he didn't eat that much on Sunday".

The American was superb when the Barracudas beat the Dragons in Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday scoring 22 points and registering five rebounds. But he was not the same player at the weekend looking somewhat listless.

Could hunger have hampered Pilgrim's performance on Sunday?

Barracudas coach Bong Ramos said Pilgrim just had a bad day at the office, quickly dismissing the American's statement as a joke.

"It is not true about him having not eaten much. I believe that it is a joke," said Ramos when contacted yesterday.

"Mike was in foul trouble so we had to sit him down much of the game but even if he was playing it didn't mean that we would have won the game," added Ramos.

Pilgrim was not alone, his compatriot Lonnie Jones also had a poor game at the weekend.

The seven-footer went 1/10 from the field for four points and five rebounds as he struggled during the loss.

"Actually he (Jones) just had a bad game. He missed a lot of shots cause it was an off night. He was trying his best," said the ex-Indonesian national coach.

The Barracudas managed 60 points in the paint in their previous match at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur and only 26 on Sunday.

Reflecting on Sunday's defeat, Ramos said he had identified the team's main weaknesses.

"The first thing that we will have to fix is our stamina. We need to be able to play for 40 minutes not just in the first half," said Ramos when asked about Sunday's defeat to the KL Dragons which was also their first home match in the league. The Barracudas went down 73-76 to the Dragons in Berakas on Sunday having beaten the Malaysians 94-76 in Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday.

After trailing the Dragons for most of the game, Filipino import Leo Avenido grabbed the lead for the first time for the Barracudas with two minutes left in the game from a three-point play (at 70-67).

But back-to-back baskets by the Dragons helped the Malaysian side to regain the lead and they held on for victory.

Ramos said the team would train harder to improve their fitness levels.

"We will have to do more running up and down the court during training to build our stamina. Training will just get harder," said the Filipino mentor.

Fitness issue was not the Barracudas' only problem. Poor execution and turnovers also contributed to their downfall on Sunday.

The Barracudas coach also felt that the team would have to improve on their rebounding after watching his side lose out 44-27 on rebounds to the Dragons.

"We really got outrebounded in that game. We need to do more boxing out but I know that the players tried their best as most of the missed shots were really loose balls. Maybe it was just not our day," said the ex-Indonesian national coach.

The 48-year-old coach too feels that he will need a deeper bench to mount a serious challenge in the league.

"I'm still learning to rotate the locals. I want them to be ready to go on the court and to be able to keep up in the game," said Ramos.

After three games the local players with the better playing time are Esmond Tan and Benjamin Lim.

"I'm hoping all the local players can get into the picture soon. For the time being the main role of these players are on defence but I want them to shoot if they are open and hope that they score," added Ramos.

The Barracudas next game is at home against the visiting Singapore Slingers at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. The Brunei Times

chinito_guy
10-21-2009, 12:56 PM
How much is the ticket for the Game on Sunday? How come walang tel. no ang website ng ABL para sa mga gusto magtanong sa tickets. Pati Ynares wala tel no na pede contakin sa internet ???

mighty_lion
10-21-2009, 06:36 PM
http://redsports.sg/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/crowd1.JPG
The ‘MISS’ sign makes its appearance once again. He should do one for the Slingers that says ‘SCORE’. (Photo 11 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

Ang kulit nito. ;D

D_I_A
10-22-2009, 02:57 AM
http://redsports.sg/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/crowd1.JPG
The ‘MISS’ sign makes its appearance once again. He should do one for the Slingers that says ‘SCORE’. (Photo 11 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)

Ang kulit nito. ;D


Sa atin tarpaulin ang gagamitin sa kalaban!hehe