Alab Pilipinas coming to a venue near you
COUNTRYWIDE. Alab Pilipinas said they will make it a point to reach each and every Filipino.
Alab Pilipinas, the Philippines’ newest representatives in the Asean Basketball League, will not have a home court.
That doesn’t mean they won’t have any homecourt advantage though.
In fact, the Philippines just might have compounded its advantage as it is set to play in six venues throughout the elimination round of the 2016-2017 ABL Season.
Filipino fans from Bulacan to Davao will bear witness to Ray Parks Jr. and Alab’s trek back to the mountaintop of Southeast Asia’s first and only regional league. The country last won the championship in 2013.
The Philippines opens its campaign on November 23 at the Alonte Gym in Binan, Laguna. It will then also take the court in the Baliwag Star Arena in Baliwag, Bulacan; the Olivares College Gym in Paranaque; the Almendras Gym in Davao; the Ynares Center in Antipolo; and the Sta. Rosa Arena in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
In the first six seasons of the ABL, the Filipino representatives played at the Ynares Arena in Pasig, the San Juan Arena, and San Juan Gym.
Asked about the welcome development, league head Jericho Ilagan was glad to answer, “We have to realize na we’re in a millennial era na everything ay dapat easy to access so dadalhin nila yung basketball mismo sa kanila. Ang difference na ginagawa nila ngayon, kung fan ka ng basketball, wag ka nang pumunta ng Manila, kami na pupunta sayo.”
He then continued, “Kahit nga PBA team, walang nakakalaro sa Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao in one conference. Yun talaga ang goal nila, na yung kahit taga-Davao or Cebu, they get to enjoy competitive basketball in its most entertaining form.”
Here is the complete schedule for Alab Pilipinas home games:
November 27, 2016 – Alab vs Singapore Slingers – Alonte Sports Arena, Binan, Laguna
December 4, 2016 – Alab vs Kaohsiung Truth – Baliwag Star Arena, Baliwag, Bulacan
December 11, 2016 – Alab vs Kaohsiung Truth – Olivares College Gym, Paranaque
January 13, 2017 – Alab vs Singapore Slingers – Alonte Sports, Arena, Binan, Laguna
January 27, 2017 – Alab vs Saigon Heat – Olivares College Gym, Paranaque
February 5, 2017 – Alab vs Saigon Heat – Almendras Gym, Davao
February 17, 2017 – Alab vs Westports Malaysia Dragons – Ynares Center, Antipolo
March 5, 2017 – Alab vs Westports Malaysia Dragons – Sta. Rosa Arena, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
March 12, 2017 – Alab vs Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions – Sta. Rosa Arena, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
March 19 2017 – Alab vs Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions – Almendras Gym, Davao
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