Alapag to coach Alab Pilipinas; Standhardinger set to play in ABL

Philippine basketball icon Jimmy Alapag is the newest coach of Alab Pilipinas when the new season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) kicks of later this year.

Jimmy Alapag is faced a daunting task of reclaiming ASEAN basketball glory. (Photo courtesy of:

The former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player and team manager was also an integral part of Gilas Pilipinas (Philippine national team) who played in the 2014 World Championships in Spain.

The PBA’s all-time league leader in three-point field goals made is currently one of the assistants for the national team.

Alapag will be replacing erstwhile coach Mac Cuan, who will be sliding as an assistant to the team.

In related news, Christian Standhardinger will be playing with the ABL defending champions Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions as confirmed by his sports agent.

YouFirst Sports confirmed Standhardinger playing for HK Eastern Long Lions. (Photo courtesy of:

Standhardinger, who is a vital cog of the Gilas Pilipinas team, is currently in Lebanon competing for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.

In two games against powerhouse China and Iraq, the center-forward is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.




Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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