The league was proposed in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia and launched its inaugural season on 1 October On 22 September , the Brunei Barracudas announced that they were bowing out of the third season of ABL after participating for 2 seasons. Unfortunately, the Beermen left the ABL after winning the title in The Cobras also left the league after one season. On 17 July , Kaohsiung Truth from Kaohsiung , Taiwan announced that they will participate in the —17 season. The Philippines returned in the league with Alab Pilipinas on 6 August The finals was a best-of-5 2—2—1 series , , —present , it became best-of-3 1—1—1 series from —12 and This medal ranking is based on the country the club represents. The winning country bags the Gold, the runners-up gets the silver, while the semifinalists are awarded with a bronze. The Coach of the Year award is given to the league's best head coach of the season.
Southeast Asia basketball has never been this competitive
Sure, the Philippines , which will be bannered by bona fide pros from the Philippine Basketball Association PBA , will still be the odds-on favorites, especially since the tournament will be held on their home floor, but teams from Thailand , Indonesia and Singapore cannot be counted out as easily as before. This is a reflection of how the level of basketball has generally become more competitive across the major Southeast Asian nations, what with the advent of the ASEAN Basketball League several years ago and local leagues becoming more robust. Take Thailand, for example.
Certain countries in Asia are [rising] We can t just pretend that we will continue our lead says MVP. The longtime Gilas Pilipinas member earns the praise of coach Chot Reyes after a breakout performance against Thailand. The Barangay Ginebra forward makes all 10 of his field goal attempts which included highlight dunks and a 3 pointer in just 17 minutes of play. Myanmar s Aung Wana catches the crowd s attention with his boundless spunk bold nerves and unapologetic showmanship. It s great to have a team like that in our region so that all nations can continue to develop says Franco Arsego. The 29 year old Star Hotshots swingman explains how this is a result of a typographical error on his birth certificate. Marc Pingris witnesses live what is assessed as a dip in effort by the Philippines in a blowout 66 victory over Singapore. The Philippines appear to settle down against Singapore lessening sloppy plays while concentrating on executing their sets. This SEABA offers a welcome plot twist a respite from the old wearying story arc A reminder that the Philippines has some dominating basketball powers to speak of.
It also served as a regional championship involving Southeast Asian basketball teams. It was held from 12 to 18 May in the Philippines. Aside from the hosts, the national teams of Indonesia , Malaysia , Myanmar , Singapore , Thailand and Vietnam participated in the week-long tournament.