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    SMB benchwarmer Louie Vigil moved on loan to beef up Alab in ABL

    Oct 22, 2019
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    LOUIE Vigil has been placed on loan to beef up San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the 2019-2020 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.

    Alab team owner Charlie Dy bared the news as the seldom-used sniper gets a chance to prove himself outside of the powerhouse San Miguel Beermen.

    Vigil, a former NCAA Juniors MVP with Jose Rizal University before moving to University of Santo Tomas in college, has been used sparingly since San Miguel took him in the second round of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.

    The 6-foot-3 winger, however, has an opportunity to sharpen his game in the regional league as he's expected to come off the bench and backstop a loaded backcourt which already features Fil-Ams Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray, as well as World Import Khalif Wyatt.

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    But he's not the only new acquisition for Alab, which is also signing up veteran defender Aaron Aban.

    The 37-year-old winger is expected to provide leadership for this young squad as he boasts an 11-year PBA career adorned with six championships.

    Aban, a former Letran Knight, has had stops in Alaska, Purefoods, Burger King, Talk 'N Text, and last played for GlobalPort back in 2017.

    Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag is no stranger to both players.

    The former Gilas Pilipinas captain serves as an assistant coach for the Beermen, handling mostly the guards.

    Alapag and Aban, meanwhile, were teammates in the TNT franchise and won four PBA championships together.

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