FOUR new teams are joining the Asean Basketball League which opens its new season on November 11.
The expansion teams are Mono Vampires, CLS Knights, Formosa Dreamers, and the Nanhai Long Lions, according to an official post from the league's social media accounts over the weekend.
It brings the number of teams to nine with Hong Kong Eastern returning to defend their title, while Singapore Slingers, Westports Malaysia Dragons, Saigon Heat and Philippine-based squad Alab Pilipinas remain in the field.
Kaoshiung Truth has decided not to play for the coming season.
Among the four new teams, the Mono Vampires and CLS Knights are the Southeast Asian-based teams coming out of Thailand and Indonesia.
The Mono Vampires team is actually making a return to the league after seeing action in the 2015-2016 season where they finished with a 3-17 mark. The team looks to do much better this time following a stint in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup.
Fil-American Jason Brickman played for Mono Vampires in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup.
The CLS Knights, meantime, is based in Surabaya, Indonesia, paving the way for the return of the country in ABL competitions. The Indonesian basketball champions are expected to be spearheaded by veteran national player Mario Wuysang.
The China-based Nanhai Long Lions is reportedly the farm team of the Guangzhou Long Lions who are playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, while the Formosa Dreamers are based in Changhua and will be the new representatives of Taiwan in the league.