THE Asean Basketball League’s lone Philippine-based team has been renamed for the second time just two games into the season and now carries the name Pilipinas MX3 Kings.
Originally named Mindanao Aguilas under Zamboagueño businessman Junnie Navarro, the team was renamed Pacquiao PowerVit Pilipinas Aguilas after an agreement with Manny Pacquiao to back the team.
The team was recently acquired by Dick Balajadia’s SportsLegends Managers, Inc. group after Pacquiao withdrew his support.
Previous officials allied with Pacquiao have also resigned from the squad due to the shaky start brought about by the sudden changes in management.
The new title sponsor is MX3, a natural food supplement developed and traded by Living Tropical Fruiticeutical, Inc.
Now fully owned and managed by SportsLegends Managers, Inc. the squad is being headed by team manager Jean Alabanza, a former member of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP who later managed teams in the PBA D-League and the defunct Philippine Basketball league.
The Kings have also signed Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend and former UAAP Commissioner Chito Loyzaga as their team consultant, according to the ABL.
Pilipinas MX3 Kings have Arizona Reid as import, with the locals led by Alli Austria, Jerramy King and former PBA players Carlo Sharma, Sunday Salvacion, and Jondan Salvador.
After splitting its first two games, the team plays under the new name at the San Juan Gym on Sunday against reigning ABL champion Hi-Tech Bangkok City, bannered by Chris Charles, former PBA import Steve Thomas, Tyler Lamb and Freddie Goldstein.