Chinese social media is blowing up with rumors of a second Taiwanese team potentially joining the upcoming season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
According to a report by the Central News Agency, Chinese Taipei’s defending Super Basketball League (SBL) champions Fubon Braves have submitted an application to the ABL, potentially joining the Formosa Dreamers as a second team from the island nation.
With the state of the SBL currently in disarray, Fubon was initially slated to be a pioneer in the newly-formed China Basketball League (CBL), joining the equally popular and successful Yulon Luxgen and Pauian Archiland franchises.
However, all three teams have since pulled out, Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) Secretary General Liu Yizhong announced today in a press conference.
If the Braves do join the ABL, they carry with them a pretty impressive track record since the franchise was acquired by the Fubon group in 2014, making it to their first Finals appearance in 2018 before sweeping Taiwan Beer to win the SBL championship this past season.
The rise of the Formosa Dreamers from wallowing at the bottom during their debut season in the ABL two years ago to finishing at the top of the rankings at the end of the regular season this year also show tremendous promise for Taiwanese fans if a second club does push through.
While the Dreamers are based in Changhua County in central Taiwan, the Braves intend to play their home games at the popular Xinzhuang Gymnasium in the northern capital city of Taipei.
As it stands, it remains to be seen whether the Braves will be successful in their bid to join the ABL, or be among numerous basketball franchises who had to pull out after not being able to meet the league standards.
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