MANILA – The ASEAN Basketball League have announced that the 2018-2019 season will be tipping off on November 16th, 2018 in Zhuhai, China. Check out the ABL 2018-2019 schedule for the entire season here!
The season opener will see expansion team, Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, going up against the 2016-2017 champions, Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team at 8:00 PM (local time).
The ninth season of the ASEAN Basketball League promises more intense action than ever as the expansion of the Zhuhai franchise brings the total of teams to ten, the most ever in ABL history. The clubs will engage in fierce battles over 5 months and 130 regular season games before advancing to the playoffs.
This will be the most jam-packed ASEAN Basketball League season ever with each team playing 26 regular season games as opposed to the usual 20 game format of the past seasons. This season will also feature, for the very first time, multiple Super Sunday schedules with five games packed in one day.
The defending champions, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, will be playing their first game on December 9th, 2018 by hosting the CLS Knights at 8:00 PM (local time).
The 2017-2018 Finals rematch between Alab and the Mono Vampire Basketball Club will be on January 20th, 2019 also at 8:00 PM (local time)
Long time rivals and founding teams Singapore Slingers and Westports Malaysia Dragons will face each other in the first of four highly anticipated “Causeway Rivalry” games this season on November 23rd at 8:00 PM (local time).