Pegasus will look to pick up the Brunei pride left by the Barracudas since their departure from the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) in 2012 by competing in the upcoming 2020 Thailand Basketball Super League.
With teams participating in the TBSL allowed to hire three ASEAN heritage imports in addition to one world import, Pegasus have signed a few notable names from within the region ahead of their league debut.
One of those players is ABL Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leo Avenido, while another is deadly shooter Patrick Cabahug, who is a well-known veteran and has played in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines prior to stepping in for Brunei. The two remaining imports are 29-year-old forward Roider Cabrera and Serbian big man Pavle Cevtinovic.
“Playing for Brunei in the TBSL is another avenue for my personal and career growth,” Cabahug shared in response to being asked about representing Brunei. “Now I have to work hard not only for myself, but for my team and Brunei as well.”
At the age of 35, the former Adamson Falcon still remains a steady offensive force from beyond the arc, and in his ABL career, logged 11.5 points per game while shooting 38 percent from the field.
Cabahug is expected to lead a Pegasus team compiled with fresh locals who are looking to earn themselves a name in the TBSL. The brunt of the team’s scoring and leadership responsibilities will certainly fall on the shoulders of his and his fellow imports.
“I’m just happy and excited to play for Pegasus with the help of Samuel Jong, especially in trusting my capability to be on the team,” Cabahug continued. “Coming back to the TBSL, it is my great honor and privilege. It’s always a great pride to play in an international league against international players from around the world.”
Aside from Pegasus, the TBSL will also feature other notable teams from the region including NS Matrix (Malaysia), BBM CLS Knights (Indonesia), Adroit (Singapore), Luang Prabang (Laos), Mekong United (Vietnam), ZNO Eagles (Philippines), Makabayan Warriors (Philippines), and Thai clubs Hi-Tech and the Dunkin’ Raptors.
Brunei Pegasus are set to play their first game against the Makabayan Warriors at Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok on February 8th.
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