San Miguel Alab Pilipinas
Alab Pilipinas (under the corporate name Pilipinas Basketball Club, Inc. or PBCI) is a Filipino basketball team currently playing in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas under the sponsorship of San Miguel Corporation.
|San Miguel Alab Pilipinas|
|Leagues||ASEAN Basketball League|
Tanduay Alab Pilipinas
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas
|Team colors||Red, Blue, White |
|Head coach||Jimmy Alapag|
The team is owned and managed by the sports talent management firm, Virtual Playground, headed by talent agents Dondon Monteverde and Charlie Dy. Alab Pilipinas is the fourth Philippine team to play in the ABL. Alab is a Tagalog word that translates as "blaze" in English.
It previously played as Alab Pilipinas during the 2016-2017 ABL season as the fourth ABL team from the Philippines, and as Tanduay Alab Pilipinas under the sponsorship of Tanduay Distillers, Inc. from November 2017 to January 2018.
Alab Pilipinas is the fourth Filipino professional basketball team in the ABL, succeeding Pilipinas MX3 Kings who only played one season in the league. They were officially announced as a member of the ABL in September 2016. The team was formed by Charlie Dy and Dondon Montiverde. Six of its original players are ABL veterans who had previously played for the Champion team San Miguel in the 2013 ABL season.
The team staged their home games in venues located in Biñan, Laguna, Cebu, and Davao during the entire duration of their first season. They organized several basketball clinics together with the local government units as part of the basketball grassroots development program.
The team became sponsored by liquor brand Tanduay and played as Tanduay-Alab Pilipinas from November 2017 to January 2018. On February 1, 2018, San Miguel Corporation took over as the team's sponsor and was renamed San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. The sudden separation with Tanduay came about reportedly due to differences between the two parties in the handling of the team.
|San Miguel Alab Pilipinas roster|
|Mac Cuan||November 29, 2016 – March 26, 2017||22||11||11||.500||20||11||9||.550||2||0||2||.000|
|Jimmy Alapag||November 19, 2017 - present||55||39||16||.709||46||32||14||.696||10||7||3||.700|
|Season||Team name||Elimination round||Playoffs|
|2016–17||Alab Pilipinas||3rd/6||11||9||.550||Semifinals||Singapore Slingers 2, Alab Pilipinas 0|
|2017–18||San Miguel Alab Pilipinas||3rd/9||14||6||.700||Quarterfinals
|Alab Pilipinas 2, Saigon Heat 0|
Hong Kong Eastern 0, Alab Pilipinas 2
Alab Pilipinas 3, Mono Vampire 2
|2018–19||San Miguel Alab Pilipinas||2nd/10||18||8||.692||Quarterfinals||Alab Pilipinas 0, Hong Kong Eastern 1|
|Total elimination round||43||23||.652||2 semifinals appearances|
|Total playoffs||7||5||.583||1 Finals appearance|
|Total franchise||50||28||.641||1 championship|
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Unlike other teams in the ABL, Alab Pilipinas doesn't have a primary venue. Instead, it tours around the Philippines, mostly in the Mega Manila, with select games elsewhere.
- Current (for the 2018–19 ABL season)
- Caloocan Sports Complex, Caloocan
- Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay
- Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu
- Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex, Santa Rosa, Laguna (primary venue)
- University of Southeastern Philippines Gym, Davao City
- Ynares Center, Antipolo, Rizal
- Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan
- San Miguel Beermen (ABL), basketball team owned by the San Miguel Corporation that played in the ABL.
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Alab Pilipinas will play home games in Binan, Sta Rosa, Olivarez College gym, and Davao.#ABL @aseanbasketball | @reubensports
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