Davao Occidental Tigers cagers to play in ASEAN Basketball League

TRAIL. The Davao Occidental Tigers will be the country’s last representative to the ASEAN Basketball League. / MESH BASKET

The Davao Occidental Tigers are stepping into the big leagues as they will compete in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

According to a report by Tiebreaker Times, the 2019-20 MPBL Lakan Cup champions have been awarded a franchise for the brand new regional league season, which is set to start next month. The development means the Tigers are going to start the new year off to a great start as they will also be taking part in the brand new league called the Pilipinas Super League, which kicks off on March 11.

With the team’s partnership with the San Miguel Corp. (SMC), the Tigers are looking to exploit players who are not on the active rosters of SMC-backed teams to bolster their campaign.

As things stand, the Tigers have a veteran crew led by John Wilson, Jerwin Gaco, Paolo Hubalde and Bonbon Custodio. They also have Cebuano guard Emman Calo, Robby Celiz, Billy Ray Robles, Keith Agovida, Joe Presbitero, Marco Balagtas, Gab Dagangon, Chris Lalata, Irven Palencia, Allan Santos and Joseph Terso.

The team is coached by Arvin Bonleon.

The Philippines has always been an integral part of the ABL. Three Filipino franchises have won championships in the league, namely the Philippine Patriots in the league’s very first season in 2009, the San Miguel Beermen in 2013, and the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in 2017.

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