As a seasoned veteran who is not far-removed from being the go-to-scorer for Mono Thewphaingarm, Patrick Cabahug has returned to Thailand, this time, joining his new team – Mad Goat Basketball Club.
Although he has played in Thailand for the past few years, including winning an ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) championship with Hi-Tech Bangkok City, and playing for both the Dunkin’ Raptors and Mono Thewphaingarm in the Thailand Basketball Super League (TBSL) and Thailand Basketball League (TBL), Cabahug still counts his return as a blessing to once again showcase his talents and experience in front of Thai fans.
“Thailand is not new to me, I’ve been playing here for years, but I’m always looking forward to coming back here,” expressed Cabahug in his usual calm voice.
Even though Mad Goat has served as a fierce opponent during Cabahug’s professional career, he has nothing but the utmost respect for the club, stating, “As an opponent, they have a very good reputation. They always make it to the playoffs.”
During his debut against the Mekong Raptors, the 34-year-old shooting guard went into beast mode, scoring a game-high of 28 points to go along with six boards and two dimes, leading his new team to a seven-point margin of victory. Cabahug is still looking sharp, and doesn’t seem to have missed much of a step, if any, in front of young and athletic Raptors defenders.
“I play to win, not for myself, but for the team I’m representing.”
“It’s my first time playing with our world imports, but I’m glad they are easy to work with,” shared the regional veteran, who has played with a variety of big names in the region.
“My teammates are very coachable, and most importantly, we listen to each other. We have no ego, only [to] play for wins.”
The sharpshooter has come onto his new team with the same mentality: victory. After an unsatisfying ABL return with Westports Malaysia Dragons during the 2017-2018 season, Cabahug has his eyes set on the TBL championship. “We have to keep going and hopefully we can make it to the championship,” offers Cabahug when asked about his goal for the season.
As for local fans, they’ll always hold a special place in this Filipino import’s heart.
“To all the fans, thank you! I will keep working for you all. You are all my MVP!”