The CLS Knights Surabaya have just officially announced their participation in the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season through their social media channels this afternoon. It was believed by most that the Knights were only waiting for official release papers from IBL Indonesia to finalize their entry into the regional league.
Everyone following the situation felt like it was only a matter of formality after news broke out when veteran point guard Mario Wuysang hinted at the idea to some media members who were present after the medal ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last month.
“I’ve played my last game in the Indonesian league, but I’ll see you guys again really soon,” Wuysang said, adding it would definitely be for the CLS Knights in the ABL.
Initially non-committal about the possibility, CLS managing partner Christopher Tanuwidjaja said in a video interview with Rocky Padila that the team was exiting IBL Indonesia and was likely to be disbanded.
Interestingly, the 38-year old floor general had just said yesterday in an Instagram story post on his personal page that he was hanging it up due to “uncertainties” surrounding the team’s situation but appeared to have retracted that today.
“He’ll stay if we stay,” Tanuwidjaja said of Wuysang.
There have been no other announcements so far as to who else will be with the 2016 IBL Indonesia Champions by the time the ABL season begins, but it seems likely that Duke Crews will remain and they will also tap his former college teammate Brian Williams as their other import. Both are practicing with the team and will play in a local tournament later this month.