2018/2019 ASEAN Basketball League Season
The ASEAN Basketball League returns for it’s 9th season this coming November 2018 and will see a record number of ten teams participating. The regular season will run until March 2019 with playoffs wrapping up in April 2019.
The ten teams will be divided into two groups with the top eight teams qualifying for the playoffs.
Teams will play their own group teams four times and other teams twice, making it a total of 26 regular season games for all teams.
The groups are as follows:-
Group 1 –
1. Westports Malaysia Dragons
2. Singapore Slingers
3. CLS Knights Indonesia
4. Saigon Heat (Vietnam)
5. Mono Vampire (Thailand)
1. San Miguel Alab Pilipinas
2. Hong Kong Eastern
3. Macau Black Bears
4. Formosa Dreamers (Taiwan)
5. Zhuhai Wolf Warriors (China)
The league also announced changes to the import rules, with teams now only allowed three imports, as compared to the previous season’s rule of four. Players who have one parent who were citizen’s of their respective countries will also now allowed to play as a local player for their respective country’s team.
Malaysia’s representative, the Westports Malaysia Dragons, has played all ABL seasons since it’s inception.
The Dragons have appointed a new Australian head coach, Jamie Pearlman as they target to qualify for the playoffs after missing out two seasons in a row.
The Dragons have also announced their three imports for the season ; former NBA guard, Sundiata Gaines, center Nnanna Egwu and the returning Chris Eversley. Benjamin Sim is the first Malaysian player to be announced for the season.
The full roster will be announced by the end of October 2018.
MABA extends our best wishes to the Westports Malaysia Dragons as they represent Malaysia for the season.
The Dragons begin their campaign on the road against the Singapore Slingers on the 23rd of November.
For the full schedule for the Westports Malaysia Dragons, fans can refer to this link.
For the full ABL schedule, please refer to this link.
Photo Credit- ASEAN Basketball League