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NBL RELEASES SCHEDULE FOR TOP END CHALLENGE PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENT

The National Basketball League has released the full schedule for the NBL Top End Challenge, its official pre-season tournament which will be held in the Northern Territory from 28 September to 2 October.

The tournament will open with a blockbuster clash in Alice Springs between reigning NBL Champions and regular visitors to the NT, the Perth Wildcats, and their traditional rivals the Adelaide 36ers.

All other games will be played in Darwin at the Marrara Indoor Stadium, with four matches on Thursday 30 September, four more on Friday 1 October and the Finals being held on Saturday 2 October.

Tournament highlights include a rematch of last-season’s pre-season Grand Finalists, the New Zealand Breakers and Wollongong Hawks, on Friday at 6:00PM and Adelaide 36ers new recruit Daniel Johnson facing off against his old team, the Melbourne Tigers, at 6:00PM on Thursday.

A new addition to the tournament this year will see the participation of a local team, the Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars, when they take on the club that finishes ninth in the standings at 6:00PM local time on the final day. That match will act as a curtain-raiser to the tournament Grand Final at 8:00PM.

All games will be fully-timed 40-minute matches, with each team playing three games during the tournament. Teams will be ranked following their first two games on win-loss record and points for and against to determine match-ups for the games on the final day.

The tournament, which is unique on the NBL calendar with all teams coming to the one town at the same time, will also see the NBL players and coaching staff participate in a range of community outreach programs, including a clinic for local school children as well as hospital and community visits.

Tickets for the event will be released on September 1. Stay tuned to www.nbl.com.au for full ticketing details.

2010 NBL Top End Challenge – Schedule

All games at Marrara Indoor Stadium in Darwin unless otherwise indicated
Tues 28 September
7:00PM - Perth Wildcats v Adelaide 36ers (Alice Springs Basketball Stadium)

Thurs 30 September
2:00PM - Cairns Taipans v Wollongong Hawks
4:00PM - Townsville Crocodiles v NZ Breakers
6:00PM - Melbourne Tigers v Adelaide 36ers
8:00PM - Gold Coast Blaze v Sydney Kings

Fri 1 October
2:00PM - Townsville Crocodiles v Sydney Kings
4:00PM - Cairns Taipans v Gold Coast Blaze
6:00PM - Wollongong Hawks v NZ Breakers
8:00PM - Melbourne Tigers v Perth Wildcats

Sat 2 October
12:00PM Noon - 7th v 8th
2:00PM - 5th v 6th
4:00PM - 3rd v 4th
6:00PM -9th v Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars
8:00PM - 1st v 2nd
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