Urbiztondo delighted to be "back home" with Alab Pilipinas
Paul Lintag on Nov 09, 2017 02:41 PM
Urbiztondo, a champion journeyman in the PBA, should take over the starting point guard spot for Alab ans provide stability at that position as the Philippine team heads to its second ABL season. (From Alab Pilipinas on Twitter, @AlabPilipinas)
After playing for the Singapore Slingers last year, taking out Alab Pilipinas in the semifinals at that, Josh Urbiztondo is elated to be back home this time around as the new Asean Basketball League opens in less than two weeks.
Urbiztondo, a champion journeyman in the PBA, should take over the starting point guard spot for Alab ans provide stability at that position as the Philippine team heads to its second ABL season.
On the other side of the court last year, Urbiztondo is relishing the fact that he's with his home country now.
"It feels awesome, being able to represent your own country and play, have all the Filipinos behind you," Urbiztondo told ABS-CBN Sports.
"It's a blessing, it's good to be back," he added.
Following an up-and-down year last season that ended with a third-place finish, Alab Pilipinas has its sights set on the championship.
The team certainly did the necessary upgrade, adding Urbiztondo at the point, Dondon Hontiveros at the wings, Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa as imports, and Jimmy Alapag as head coach.
Alab is still undoubtedly Ray Parks' team but Bobby Jr. now has some actual help.
"Our expectations are to win a championship, especially with coach Jimmy leading us and then we have veterans," Urbiztondo said of Alab.
Catch Alab Pilipinas as they open their campaign against the defending ABL champion Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions on Nov. 19, Sunday LIVE 8 p.m. on S+A, S+A HD and via livestream.
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