DAVAO CITY - The Pacquiao-Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas will be the lone Philippine representative in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) with a team to be backstopped by former PBA best import AZ Reid.
The Aguilas will be playing home games in Davao City and General Santos City and will be debuting on October 29 at the University of Southeastern Philippine (USEP) Gym in Davao City against the Bangkok Mono Vampires.
The league is set to unfurl on October 26 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Aguilas will be coached by former PBA star Zaldy Realubit with Reid and former University of the East big man Charles Mammie as imports.
The locals will be led by two-time PBA MVP Willie Miller, Ali Austria, Nico Elorde, Adrian Salada, Jondan Salvador, Sunday Salvacion, Carlo Sharma, and Fil-Am Jeremy King.
Team consultant and spokesperson Randy Caluag said management of the Aguilas have been taken over by the Pilipinas Legends Group under president Dick Balajadia, who will be co-owning the team with boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
“I am here to announce that Pilipinas Legends has taken over Pilipinas Aguilas and with this partnership with Congressman Manny Pacquiao, we are ready to set sail for the ABL,” Caluag said during the FAST Fridays media forum at the Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta at SM Lanang Premier.
Interestingly, Salvacion hails from Davao and played for the Rizal Memorial Colleges before making his way up to the PBA. Salvador is another player popular in Davao having played for the Davao Eagles in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA).