Sai Gon Heat will host Westports Malaysia Dragon of Malaysia in HCM City on January 12 in the team's first game of the 2012 ASEAN Basketball League.
Sai Gon Heat, who will be representing Viet Nam at the region's premier basketball competition for its second season, finished its first season quite impressively.
After a poor start, the team, coached by American Jason Rabedeaux, bounced back strongly to sixth position in the overall table.
Last season's champions, the Indonesia Warriors, will face runners-up San Miguel Beermen of the Philippines in the season's opener played in Jakarta on the January 11.
The same weekend, Singapore Slingers will take on the Chang Thailand Slammers.
Six participating teams will play each other four times during the regular season that is scheduled to end on May 19.
The top four will advance to the playoff stages, which will be decided by a best-of-five semi-final and final matches. The champions will be crowned in June. — VNS