After a solid debut season, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas is hungry for more.
The team hailing from the Philippines finished the 2016-2017 ABL season in third place with an 11-9 record. They were able to enter the semifinals against the veteran squad of Singapore Slingers, before eventually bowing out of the competition after two games.
With a revamped roster and a new head coach, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas brings its trademark passion and fury back into the ABL.
Jimmy Alapag, long-time national team member and Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) star, is now the one calling the shots for the Philippines with last year’s head coach Mac Cuan reassigned as an assistant.
The upcoming ABL season marks the head coaching debut for Alapag, but the man they call the “Mighty Mouse” carries with him 15 years of experience playing professional in the PBA, winning six titles overall. He was also a decorated national team member playing for the Philippines National Team where he led his team to silver medal finishes in the FIBA Asia Championship first in 2013 and then in 2015. After he retired, he served as an assistant to former NT head coach Tab Baldwin.
Helping Alapag and the Philippines is the versatile playmaker Ray Parks, who is on his second-year with the league. The 24-year-old was honored as the ABL Local MVP last year after posting numbers of 19.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. Parks also owns the ABL local record of most points in a ball game, exploding for 41 points against the Kaohsiung Truth of Taiwan.
Also returning with Parks for another season is Robby Celiz, who averaged 7.6 points and 2.2 rebounds, and Heritage Import, Lawrence Domingo. The two were key contributors to the team last season and will be looking to make improvements to their game in their sophomore run.
A notable newcomers to the Alab lineup is former Philippines National Team player, Dondon Hontiveros. Dubbed as the “Cebuano Hotshot” by fans due to his hometown of Cebu, Hontiveros is a solid addition to the team who will add veteran leadership, long range shooting, and perimeter defense.
Further bolstering the lineup of Alab is a pair of World Imports who are sure to shake up the league. First is 6’8″ Ivan Johnson from the United States. Johnson actually played alongside Alapag for the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters of the PBA two years ago. Johnson is also more famously known for playing in the NBA for 125 games with the Atlanta Hawks from 2011 to 2013. He averaged 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds throughout his NBA career.
Fellow American Reggie Okosa is also set to join Alab this season. The well-traveled veteran has seen action in China, Japan, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, and Korea. His vast experience playing in various leagues across the globe can be an asset to the young Philippine team.
Alab Pilipinas recently made headlines as they overcame the Philippines’ national team, Gilas Pilipinas, in a closed door tune-up game. It was merely an exhibition match, but the win will serve as a momentum leading up to their season opener on November 19 against the defending champions Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team.
It has been four years since a team from the Philippines was crowned ABL champions. Tanduay Alab Pilipinas hope that they can finally bring the title back to their shores.
Tanduay Alab Pilipinas 2017-2018 Opening Day Roster
|Jersey No.||Name||Player Category||Height||Weight||DOB|
|0||Pamboy Raymundo||Local||5’10”||164 lbs||30-May-89|
|1||Bobby Ray Parks Jr.||Local||6’4″||220 lbs||19-Feb-93|
|2||Josh Urbiztondo||Local||6’0″||170 lbs||27-Feb-83|
|3||Lawrence Domingo||Heritage Import||6’5″||219 lbs||11-Apr-93|
|6||JR Alabanza||Local||6’5″||210 lbs||14-Oct-87|
|8||Robby Celiz||Local||6’3″||220 lbs||07-Sep-88|
|9||Reggie Okosa||World Import||6’10”||240 lbs||29-Dec-80|
|10||Rico Maierhofer||Local||6’6″||195 lbs||04-Nov-85|
|13||Pao Javelona||Local||6’0″||175 lbs||25-Oct-92|
|24||Chris Sumalinog||Local||6’2″||185 lbs||11-Jul-89|
|25||Dondon Hongtiveros||Local||6’2″||184 lbs||01-Jun-77|
|44||Ivan Johnson||World Import||6’8″||265 lbs||10-Apr-84|