June 25, 2024

KBL: Rhenz Abando bids Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters goodbye after two seasons

KBL: Rhenz Abando bids Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters goodbye after two seasons
Rhez Abando averaged almost 10 points and four rebounds in 30 games played this season for the Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters. | Photos (c) Anyang Red Boosters

Rhenz Abando is moving on from the Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters. 

On Thursday, Abando announced that he is parting ways with the Red Boosters in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) after two seasons.


 “It was a great two-year ride. It was like a rollercoaster ride with a lot of ups and downs. But nonetheless, I learned a lot. Until we meet again,” he said. “Your JKJ Redbooster No. 12, now signing off.”

Air Abando is coming off a disappointing season for Anyang, who finished second to the last in the 2024 KBL season with an 18-36 record after winning the title back in 2023.

A gruesome spinal injury last December against Goyang Sono forced Abando to miss two months of action before returning to play in February for the Red Boosters.

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However, his much-anticipated return did not work wonders for his squad as Anyang KGC failed to defend their KBL and EASL titles respectively. Overall, Abando averaged 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in a total of 80 games he played in the KBL. 


 Earlier, the 26-year-old enjoyed a title-filled start in his overseas career, winning two titles in his rookie season and some individual accolades. 


He became the first Filipino to win an East Asia Super League (EASL) title in EASL Champions Week and went on to a key factor in the Anyang KGC’s title run in the KBL.


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Abando also took home the KBL Slam Dunk and 3x3 All-Star Game titles in a memorable rookie year for the former Letran Knight superstar. 


 After a short but impressive overseas career, the question now is: Where to next, Rhenz?