ALAB Pilipinas co-owner Charlie Dy assured the team will return next season in the Asean Basketball League with a goal of forming an even more competitive lineup following their exit in the semifinals of their debut year.
Dy said the team will start their preparations in earnest for the next ABL season, in a bid to form a title contender for the 2017-2018 season.
“Definitely, we will be coming back next year,” Dy said. “It’s a good learning experience.”
“We will regroup after Holy Week and talk things over and start forming a stronger team for next season,” Dy added.
Dy said retaining their top stars Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena will definitely be in the priority of the squad as they chart their plans for next season.
“We will definitely talk to them. We would definitely want them back, so we will see. We really have to talk to them and hope they stay one more year,” said Dy.
In their first season in the ABL, Alab Pilipinas finished the regular season in third place with an 11-9 win-loss record before falling to the Singapore Slingers via sweep in their best-of-three semifinal series.
Despite their semifinal exit, Dy remained proud of their accomplishment especially after the team was formed just a few weeks before the league opening last November.
“I think we started late. We formed the team two weeks before the league started, but I’m still proud of the team that we made it to the semifinals,” said Dy.
Dy said being a team owner for the first time in his ABL stint was also a learning experience for the player agent.
“I never expected to be a team owner. Since we were committed to join the ABL, I just have to stand firm and represent the Philippines in the league," Dy said.
“I think I’ve handled every position in basketball from assistant coach, head coach, team manager, agent, to team owner. I think I can say that it’s an achievement that we were able to finish in a good position. I hope that all our supporters will continue to support Alab Pilipinas next season,” he added.