The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is officially back today, opening their tenth season with a three-game slate on opening weekend.

League newcomers and the latest Chinese Taipei champions Taipei Fubon Braves are set to make their league debut at home against the visiting Macau Black Bears in the first game of the season.

Bannering one of the league’s deeper rosters that features local stars Lin Chih-Chieh, Tseng Wen-Ting, and Joseph Lin, Fubon will test their mettle against last season’s scoring champion Mikh McKinney and the Black Bears today at 16:00 (GMT+8).

On Sunday, the Mono Vampire Basketball Club will host a rematch of sorts of the 2018 Finals against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in Nonthaburi, Thailand at 16:00 (GMT+7). The new-look Philippine club will now be led by former Mono Vampire court general Jason Brickman, league newcomers Jeremiah Gray, Jordan Heading, Andrei Caracut, and a new trio of imports.

Lawrence Domingo, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas (Photo: ABL)
Lawrence Domingo and the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas visit the Mono Vampire Basketball Club on Sunday (Photo: ABL)

Meanwhile, Mono Vampire returns with an intact squad of Thai-Americans Tyler Lamb, Moses Morgan, Freddie Lish, and resident import Mike Singletary. National team mainstays Darongphan Apiromvilaichai, Teerawat Chantachon, and Chitchai Ananti are also back.

Capping off the opening weekend, the Braves return for the second of back-to-back weekend games as they hosted the retooled Westports Malaysia Dragons in the second game. The Dragons, who have signed former Formosa Dreamers import William Artino, will look to give the Braves a rude welcome when they clash at 16:00 (GMT+8).

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