16 Jul 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
HiTech Bangkok City
88 82
Westports Malaysia Dragons
19 Jul 2014 - 19:00 HKT / 18:00 Local
[box score]
Saigon Heat
72 56
Indonesia Warriors
20 Jul 2014 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
Singapore Slingers
62 46
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra
23 Jul 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
HiTech Bangkok City
88 50
Indonesia Warriors
26 Jul 2014 - 18:00 HKT / 17:00 Local
[box score]
Saigon Heat
70 48
Laskar Dreya South Sumatra
27 Jul 2014 - 16:00 HKT / 16:00 Local
[box score]
Singapore Slingers
57 65
Westports Malaysia Dragons
30 Jul 2014 - 20:00 HKT / 19:00 Local
[box score]
HiTech Bangkok City
59 51
Singapore Slingers

 

Differences are being put aside as five of the eight teams committed to the third season of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (or the AirAsia ABL) have confirmed their participation in the ‘To Be Number One’ Basketball Challenge, the proceeds of which will go to helping the victims of flood-ridden Thailand.

Organised by the Basketball Sport Association of Thailand (or BSAT), the four day tournament will feature season 2 competitors AirAsia Philippine Patriots, Singapore Slingers, Indonesia Warriors together with season 3 newcomers the Saigon Heat from Vietnam and San Miguel Beermen from Philippines.

“The main purpose of the tournament is to raise funds for flood victims in Thailand through the platform of a sporting event.” commented Mr.Tom Griffin, owner of Bangkok Basketball Holdings and part of the organizing committee for the tournament.  “However this tournament will assist players in getting their basketball legs under them. All of these athletes are in shape, but there is a difference between "in shape" and "game ready" shape. I believe the new teams will also get a lot out of this experience, the travel, meeting the other teams, getting their road routines set. Our season is only 21 games each and the three games in four days the teams get in here in Bangkok, Thailand will give them much needed game time experience.”

“It is fantastic that most of all our ABL teams have made the effort to support the people of Thailand and also I would like to applaud the Basketball Sports Association of Thailand for taking this great initiative to support the flood victims in Bangkok.” Mr Kuhan Foo, Chief Executive Officer of the AirAsia ABL added. “I would also like to thank the owners and general managers of our ABL teams for sending their teams here at their own expense for a good cause.”

With the third season tipping off in less than a month, most of the teams will have already confirmed their squads, although for some of them official announcements have not been made yet so AirAsia ABL veterans the Patriots, Slingers and Warriors will definitely see this tournament as a chance to see how the other teams’ squads have evolved in the league’s off-season and to get a sneak peek at the new imports. As for newcomers San Miguel Beermen and Saigon Heat, the tournament will be a test to see how they will stack up against their competition next year.

The tournament, which will be held at Nimibutr Stadium from the 15th to the 18th of December 2011, is free to enter but guests are encouraged to make donations at the venue.