It would be easy to assume no one in the region can knock the Philippines off its throne in basketball after the way Gilas Pilipinas clobbered its southeast Asian rivals on the way to capturing the country's 13th straight SEA Games gold medal. The Philippines blasted its opposition by an average of 54 points in the preliminaries, and smashed Indonesia and Thailand in the semis and finals, respectively. Despite those outcomes Tim Cone believes other national teams are slowly closing the gap. Cone got a close look at Thailand, Indonesia and first-time SEA Games bronze medalist Vietnam and believes it's not advisable for the Philippines to send an all-amateur national team to future regional games. They get their own leagues and right now, Vietnam has their own league. They have a lot of guys that are coming from the United States as Viet-Americans in the league and that elevates the competition," Cone said. There's no in-between. You either bring the amateur players or the best players from the PBA, who are the best players in the country and they're gonna be good because they have size. And then we got shooting, we've got point guard play and we got defenders.
It was first held in Segamat in , and every two years thereafter. The fourth ion, which was held in Manila in , changed the year of the subzone qualifiers in odd-numbered years, beginning that same year; and directly it became the main qualifying tournament for the FIBA Asia Championship. Home Article Category Current events. Retrieved 11 August International men's basketball. Regional sports federation. FIBA Asia. Unknown 1. Kuala Lumpur. Quezon City.
Southeast Asia basketball has never been this competitive
It was first held in Segamat in , and every two years thereafter. The fourth edition, which was held in Manila in , changed the year of the subzone qualifiers in odd-numbered years, beginning that same year; and directly it became the main qualifying tournament for the FIBA Asia Championship. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 11 August International men's basketball. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.
The league was proposed in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia and launched its inaugural season on 1 October On 22 September , the Brunei Barracudas announced that they were bowing out of the third season of ABL after participating for 2 seasons. Unfortunately, the Beermen left the ABL after winning the title in