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Mono Vampire joins ABL as league set for October opening

The heads of the seven participating teams in the upcoming ABL season during
the preseason press conference at the Berjaya Hotel.
By Ivan Saldajeno

KUALA LUMPUR--It turns out, Racal-Alibaba and newly-renamed Powervit Pilipinas are not the only new additions to the ABL for its 2016 season.

The league announced on Tuesday that Thailand-based Mono Vampire will become its seventh member club for the new season, which will begin in October.

Founded just last year, the club, simply known as the Vampires, made waves early on, finishing third in the Thailand Basketball League and the Basketball Thailand Super League.

On its second year, the Vampires, led by Coach Prasert Siripojanakun, will now set sights on Southeast Asia's premier home-and-away pro basketball league.

The addition of Mono Vampire means two teams will represent Thailand as Hi-Tech Bangkok aims for back-to-back titles this season.

Meanwhile, despite renaming the team as Powervit Pilipinas, the Manny Pacquiao-bankrolled Aguilas stay in their purpose of introducing Mindanao's style of playing basketball.

On the other hand, Racal announced that the club will play home games in Malolos.

Malaysia, Singapore, and Saigon will also join this season.