Carter, Hughes tapped to reinforce Alab Pilipinas

Alab Pilipinas has tapped the services of Sampson Carter and James Hughes as its new world imports in the ongoing ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

Sampson Carter will debut for Alab Pilipinas on January 8 against Kaoshuing. (Photo credit:

The hiring was confirmed by no other than Alab head coach Mac Cuan and they replaced Korean-American imports and brothers Lee Seung Jun and Lee Dong Jun.

Alab Pilipinas, led by Bobby Ray Parks Jr., currently has a 2-2 (win-loss) record and in the middle of the team standings behind league leader Singapore Slingers and the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions and is in its maiden season in the league.

The 26-year-old Carter last played in Mexico for the Caballeros de Culiacan where he averaged 14.8 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting at a 44-percent clip from three-point range in the 2016 season.

The 6-foot-8 Carter was a product of the University of Massachusetts program where he averaged 14.8 points and 4.2 rebounds from 2009-2014.

He had also strutted his wares in Slovakia, Dominican Republic and Portugal before being signed by the Memphis Grizzlies in October 2015.

After being waived by the Grizzlies, he had a brief stint with the Canton Charge in the NBA Developmental League.

The 6-foot-11 Hughes is a Northern Illinois product who played for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Summer League. He also played professional ball abroad including stops in Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Japan.

In their ABL debut, Alab will be facing Kaoshsiung Truth for the third time this season in Taiwan.


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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