With nine teams playing in the ABL this season, there will be plenty of games to follow and watch for the basketball fans. Over the course 5 months, the Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club (China), Eastern Sports Club (Hong Kong), CLS Knights Indonesia (Indonesia), Westports Malaysia Dragons (Malaysia), Tanduay Alab Pilipinas (Philippines), Singapore Slingers (Singapore), Formosa Dreamers (Taiwan), Mono Vampire Basketball Club (Thailand), and Saigon Heat (Vietnam) will be playing a total of 90 games.
With so many games and so many teams playing so much basketball, we’re here to help provide you with a guideline of which games to keep your eyes on in particular.
- “The New Frontier”
Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club vs Singapore Slingers
7:30 PM November 17, 2017
Nanhai Gymnasium, Nanhai, China
The ABL starts off its season in groundbreaking fashion with the Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club hosting the Singapore Slingers in the league’s first ever game in China. Reaching out to play in both Taiwan and Hong Kong last season was already a huge step, but to progress further and play in China is gigantic leap forward.
With the world’s largest population and an ever craving for basketball, this first ABL game in China might be the start of something even bigger towards the future of the league.
- “Brotherly Love”
Tanduay Alab Pilipinas vs Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club
8:00 PM November 19, 2017
Mall Of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
This will be the first time ever that two National Team players who were recently team mates will be facing against each other in the ABL. Christian Standhardinger and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. both won Gold for the Philippines National Team this past August in the SEA Games, but they will be tipping off the first game of their team’s ABL seasons against each other.
Standhardinger was a fan favorite on the national team for his rugged hustle play so it’ll be interesting to see how everyone reacts to see him playing for an opposing team going up against a representative of the Philippines.
Don’t let all that drama overshadow the rematch of the Parks vs. Tyler Lamb match up that we saw at the SEA Games between Philippines and Thailand as well.
- “Battle of the East Asian Newcomers”
Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club vs Formosa Dreamers
7:30 PM November 24, 2017
Nanhai Gymnasium, Nanhai, China
There will be 4 new teams in the ABL this season and two of the newcomers from East Asia will be facing each other early in the season.
While Nanhai will have already have made their debut, this will be the first time fans will be getting to see the Formosa Dreamers in action! Both China and Taiwan are proud basketball countries and to get a chance to see them clash in the ABL platform will certainly be something to look out for.
- “Return to the Den”
Westports Malaysia Dragons vs Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club
8:30 PM November 29, 2017
MABA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Dragons had to play their home games away from MABA Stadium for the first time ever last season, but they’ll be returning to the “Dragon’s Den” this year!
MABA Stadium still holds the record as a venue that has hosted the most ABL games at 66 games and the count will continue again in the Dragons’ home opener.
With an exciting new team like the Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club being the first ABL team to visit the storied arena, we’re sure that the faithful fans will be crowding the venue to see their team in action once again.
- “THE Rematch”
Singapore Slingers vs Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club
4:00 PM December 10, 2017
OCBC Arena, Singapore
The matchup between the Singapore Slingers and the Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club was one of the most exciting rivalries last season which climaxed in a Finals series that ended in an overtime game.
Even though we’re going to have to wait for a while until the ultimate rematch, it should very much live up to it’s anticipation. Both teams are returning most of their players with Xavier Alexander returning to the Slingers and Marcus Elliott & Tyler Lamb returning the Eastern, so we can surely expect the game to be intense from the get go.
Don’t forget that the very first time these two played last season, the game went to overtime on a clutch last second shot. Let’s hope we get the same action and more this year.
- “Field of Dreams”
Formosa Dreamers vs Tanduay Alab Pilipinas
3:00 PM December 16, 2017
Changhua Stadium, Changhua City, Taiwan
This will be the first home game for the Dreamers in Changhua City, one of the most densely populated counties in Taiwan. Fans will be treated to what should be an exciting game against the home team and Tanduay Alab Pilipinas.
The Dreamers are aiming to be a medium to promote the passion of Taiwanese basketball and they’ll get their chance here by filling up the stands in Changhua Stadium to root for their team.
- “Gold and Silver”
CLS Knights Indonesia vs Tanduay Alab Pilipinas
7:00 PM January 20, 2018
GOR CLS Kertkajaya, Surabaya, Indonesia
Indonesia and the Philippines have finished in the top 2 of the Southeast Asian Basketball pecking order in recent competitions both SEA Games and SEABA Championship.
The two nations will get another chance to go at each other here in the ASEAN Basketball League when Tanduay Alab Pilipinas visits the CLS Knights in Surabaya for their first match up.
- “The Causeway Rivalry”
Westports Malaysia Dragons vs Singapore Slingers
2:30 PM January 21, 2018
MABA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThe single most intense rivalry in the ASEAN Basketball League is between the Westports Malaysia Dragons and the Singapore Slingers. Both teams have been in the league since day one and they’ve played each other a total of 30 times over the past 7 seasons.
The Slingers currently hold a 16-14 win/loss lead over the Dragons in the long running series and are also on a 4-game winning streak over their counterparts. Nevertheless, the Dragons haven’t made it easy for the Slingers, pushing the last two games to overtime sessions.
Expect sparks to fly from tipoff until the final buzzer between these two teams.
- “Love is in the Air”
Mono Vampire Basketball Club vs Saigon Heat
4:00 PM February 14, 2018
Stadium 29, Bangkok, Thailand
These two teams will be going up against each other on Valentine’s day but don’t expect them to be holding hands and crooning sweet songs to each other.
The Vampire Basketball Club were unable to notch a win over the Saigon Heat in their season playing in the ABL, but they made sure each game wasn’t easy. With both teams looking to build up competitive teams this season, don’t expect many hugs and kisses when the two teams collide.
- “The Return”
CLS Knights Indonesia vs Mono Vampire Basketball Club
7:00 PM February 21, 2018
GOR CLS Kertkajaya, Surabaya, IndonesiaLast season was the first full season in the ASEAN Basketball League that didn’t have a team from either Thailand nor Indonesia.
This season, both of the Southeast Asian Basketball powerhouses are back with a representing team in the ABL! Indonesia and Thailand have both played in highly competitive games in the international stages and ABL fans should hope that that rivalry continues on here. Both the CLS Knights and Mono Vampire Basketball Club are expected to parade a load of their National Team players, so expect this game to be heated up from the beginning.
- “Fiery Rivalry”
Saigon Heat vs Westports Malaysia Dragons
5:00 PM March 10, 2018
CIS Arena, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
While the Heat and the Dragons don’t go way back like the Slingers/Dragons rivalry, the events in the recent seasons have begun to spark quite a backstory between the two clubs.
The Dragons have knocked the Heat out of the Semi-Finals twice in the past three seasons, but it was the Heat who narrowly edged out the Dragons for the Final playoff spot last season. The two have engaged in heated games where ever and whenever they play, so this is definitely a game to circle on your ABL watchlist.
- “Friendly Face”
Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club vs Mono Vampire Basketball Club
8:00 PM March 15, 2018
Southorn Stadium, Hong Kong, Hong KongTyler Lamb was a star in SEA Games 2017 playing alongside a lot of Mono Vampire Basketball Club players on the Thailand National Team.
In this matchup between Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club and Mono Vampire Basketball Club, Lamb will now have to be going up against his former team mates. There will definitely not be any holding back as the defending champions want to show how different the league has been since the last time the Mono Vampire Basketball Club played.
Be ready for another action-packed season in the ASEAN Basketball League! Which games are you looking forward to watch?