Racal Motors becomes second Philippine team for coming 2015 ABL season
Racal Motors and the Pacman Mindanao Aguilas join the ABL two seasons after Asi Taulava and the San Miguel Beermen lifted the championship. Jerome Ascano

RACAL Motors became the second team from the Philippines set to see action in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) for its coming 2015 season.

The league confirmed the participation of the Racal Group of Companies on Wednesday, with the new franchise carrying the brand name Racal Motors Alibaba.com.

The entry of Racal comes less than a week since the same group submitted a letter of intent expressing its interest to join the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

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The development brings to two the number of teams from the Philippines set to compete in the 2015 ABL season set to roll off in October.

The Pacman Mindanao Aguilas, backed by Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao, announced last Sunday its participation in the fledgling regional league.

No team from the Philippines saw action in the 2014 season a year after San Miguel Beer, bannered by Asi Taulava, won the championship against the Indonesia Warriors.

During that same season, the Philippines had two teams in the league in San Miguel and inaugural champion AirAsia Patriots.

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Racal Group chairman Jonito Racal said the ABL will “enhance and broaden their market reach in the region.”

Racal Motors’ participation in the ABL spoke volumes of its seriousness in fielding a professional basketball team. The team had stints in the PBA D-League and the Filsports Basketball Association (FBA) over the past few years.

Racal Motors is expected to play its home games within the Metro Manila area, while the Aguilas will have their homecourt in the Mindanao region.

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