Alab mum on alleged breakup with Tanduay due to disagreement over Yeo hiring, imports choice
Tanduay official Lawrence Chongson was a prominent figure on the Alab bench alongside coach Jimmy Alapag during the partnership. Jerome Ascano

TANDUAY and Alab Pilipinas have remained mum about reports that the liquor company is no longer a major sponsor of the Philippines' lone team in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

Alab team owner Charlie Dy and Tanduay official Lawrence Chongson have yet to issue a statement about the supposed pullout as reported by the Manila Bulletin.

“No official statements of that sort from Tanduay management as far as I know,” said Chongson, who nonetheless added that Tanduay is still the sponsor of the squad as far as he is concerned.

Dy chose to keep mum amid reports that Tanduay pulled out support because of several disagreements, the last straw being Alab' refusal to include Joseph Yeo in the lineup.

Another source bared the hiring of imports also became a contentious issue between the sponsor and the ballclub, with Henry Walker being groomed by Tanduay to be one of the reinforcements of the team only for Alab to choose Renaldo Balkman to team up with Justin Brownlee.

Despite the disagreement, Sources said it is business as usual for Alab Pilipinas on Thursday as the team held practice in preparation for their match against the Saigon Heat in Ho Chi Minh City.

It will be interesting, however, to see whether Alab will make a change in its jerseys as a Tanduay logo is very prominent in their uniforms for this season.

Alab Pilipinas (5-4) eyes a its third straight win against the Saigon Heat, which is in the middle of the pack with a 4-4 slate.

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