After going radio-silent for the majority of the offseason, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas has started to make roster moves for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
The Philippine club first sent shockwaves around the ABL after signing one of the best point guards in the league in Filipino-American Jason Brickman, who spent the last two and a half years with the Mono Vampire Basketball Club, and were one win away from the championship during the 2017-18 season.
Apart from Brickman, returning to the squad is hardworking forward Lawrence Domingo, who had been with the team since their debut season three years ago.
Domingo, is a vital cog to the team both on the offensive and defensive end, though it may not alway show up on the stats sheets. The 6-foot-4 forward holds career averages of 8.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.5 blocks per game in the league, but is known for his hustle as he tallied nearly three offensive boards per outing.
“I’m excited. I feel like last year was a teaching point for us, we fell short and that left a real bitter taste. Hong Kong took us out in the first round and I was hot. It’s all good, though,” remarked Domingo, referring to the team’s early quarterfinals exit where they got swept by the Eastern Basketball Team in two games.
Domingo was not able to help Alab Pilipinas during that series, after suffering a partial MCL tear late in the regular season. The knee injury did not require surgery, and he insists he is fully healed and ready to run it back.
“I’m really good. Thanking God and the good trainers working with me. I’ve been 100 percent since mid-June and just (looking forward to) getting back on the court with the team,” he added.
For the upcoming season, Domingo could be teaming up with old mates Renaldo Balkman and possibly a returning Justin Brownlee, who were all part of the Alab Pilipinas team that won the ABL title two seasons ago and will be looking to make the climb back to the top.
“In my eyes, a whole lot of unfinished business got left out there. Coming in ready to work and grind it out to get to that common goal.”
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