One of the most distinguished veterans in ABL history completes the list of the Final 21 nominees. Dubbed as “Uncle Roe,” Mario Wuysang astonished fans with his nifty handles, streaking threes, and flashy dishes despite being amongst the longstanding players in the league.
His iconic stature in Indonesian basketball made its way to the ABL in 2009—wearing the Satria Muda BritAma uniform. He was essential to the club because of his prior professional and championship experience in his motherland; playing as their main floor general, he helped shape their playoff hopes with the third seed berth—worthy enough to be included as one of the four semifinalists. Mario then directed the team to the ABL Finals after a hard-fought series against the Slingers. Unfortunately, they fell short against the Philippine Patriots within three games in the Finals.
In the following year with Satria Muda BritAma, Mario exhibited great in-game performances—averaging 11.4 points, 4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.4 steals a game; thus, naming him as 2010–2011 Most Valuable Player. Despite stellar individual outings from him, it was not sufficient to bring their team to the ABL Playoffs. Mario knew that a championship would complete his goal.
Mario and the fresh-faced Indonesia Warriors looked to turn around their ‘10–‘11 season in hopes of finally winning the ABL championship. Mario, averaging 10.4 PPG and 1.4 SPG, led the Warriors to a winning season and making it once more to the postseason. After shocking the Patriots in the semifinal round, Mario and the crew booked a Finals appointment with the San Miguel Beermen.
The more determined Wuysang played a different role this time around as he guided Stanley Pringle and Jerick Cañada on becoming the leading floor generals on the court. His veteran leadership was the key to boost the morale of the team—eventually defeating the Beermen to claim the championship. Mario’s will to win finally reached its peak as he finally won an ABL title.
In the six seasons he had with the ABL, he furthered himself to be the greatest point guard in Indonesia due to his talents, and all the accolades garnered throughout. Uncle Roe’s legacy continues to live on in the league and certainly makes him ABL all-time great material.