The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) has announced the addition of three new teams in the upcoming 2016-2017 season in a news conference on Monday.
The three teams are Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Truth, Hong Kong’s Eastern Long Lions and the Philippines’ Alab Pilipinas.
“The entry of teams from non-Asean countries is a great sign for the league because it shows that the ABL is reaching more and more people,” ABL Chief Operations Officer Jericho Ilagan said.
Defending champions Westports Malaysia Dragons are expected to push hard to retain their title against rivals Singapore Slingers and fellow ABL veteran Saigon Heat.
Iligan expects a tight battle in the six-team meet with founding members Malaysia Dragons and Singapore Slingers keen to prove their supremacy.
“The Dragons want to retain their title, the Slingers want to win their first championship and the Saigon Heat have reloaded to make it into the finals,” he said.
The Dragons and the Slingers will renew last season’s rivalry as they clash in the opening game on November 25 at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.