The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) has officially announced the Fubon Braves as the newest team participating in the upcoming season. 

As one champion exits, another one arrives.

“The Fubon Braves is set to officially join the ASEAN Basketball League this upcoming season. Chinese Taipei-based basketball squad will replace the CLS Knights Indonesia and complete the list of ten teams vying for the ABL championship,” read the official statement from the league.

With the state of Taiwan’s Super Basketball League (SBL) currently in disarray, the reigning champion team 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.

The Braves carry with them an 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.

Fubon is set to become the second active team from the island nation as they join the Formosa Dreamers, whose impressive turnaround from being dead last during their debut season to rising to the top of the standings has shown tremendous promise for Taiwanese fans.

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.

The Braves are expected to have one of the best local rosters in the league this upcoming season, with high profile names like Lin Chih-Chieh and Joe Lin leading the rest of the championship-winning lineup.

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