The ASEAN Basketball League continues to expand its reach outside of the Southeast Region, as it welcomes into the fold its newest team: Hong Kong Eastern.
The team will be representing Hong Kong in the upcoming seventh season of the ABL.
“We are pleased to announce our team will be participating in the ABL,” says Alan Li, Deputy Director for Eastern Sports Club. “We are very excited for the opportunity to play with different teams around Asia. “
Eastern Sports Club is a familiar face in the sports world of Hong Kong. Operating in the country since 1932, the team has gone on to have major success in the Hong Kong Football Association, steadily climbing divisions until it reached Division 1 in 2007.
Its basketball team has also found great success, competing in the Hong Kong A1 Division in 2014. Several members of the team also represent the country in FIBA Asia competition.
Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions is operated and owned by Eastern sports club. The roster for the squad is yet to be announced, and venue for games is hasn’t been determined. Queen Elizabeth Stadium is one of the venues that the team is eyeing to host the home games.
Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions will be one of several teams looking to challenge the Westports Malaysia Dragons as they are set to defend their championship next season. According to Li, joining the ABL will be a great boost to their sports program in Hong Kong.
“It is a great opportunity for our players to gain experience and build friendship with other professional basketball players,” Li said. “We look forward to some great games.”