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NBL PARTNERS WITH AUSTRALIAN HUBEI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

NBL PARTNERS WITH AUSTRALIAN HUBEI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

11/07/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 23205449
   

 
NBL PARTNERS WITH AUSTRALIAN HUBEI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
 
 

The National Basketball League will partner with the Australian Hubei Chamber of Commerce for this Sunday’s game between Melbourne United and China at Margaret Court Arena.
 
Melbourne United will take on the Chinese national team in the first of two games on its Australian tour with the second to be played against Brisbane Bullets on the Gold Coast on July 18.
 
NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “This tour by China is a great opportunity to further strengthen sporting, diplomatic and economic links between the two countries.
 
“We thank the Australian Hubei Chamber of Commerce for its support of the game in Melbourne and look forward to working closely with it to continue to build links between Australia and China through basketball.”
 
Australian Hubei Chamber of Commerce President Mike Yang said: “Australian Hubei Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the partnership with NBL and Melbourne United, adding a sporting milestone between China and Australia and an important chapter in Australian sports' engagement in the One Road One Belt Strategy.”
 
The tour follows the recently completed three game series in China between the NBL All-Australian team and China.
 
Melbourne United will play China at Margaret Court Arena this Sunday July 16 at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased at ticketek.com.au
 

 
The Brisbane Bullets will play China at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on Tuesday July 18 at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at ticketek.com.au
 

 

NBL ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM CLAIM DOMINANT WIN OVER CHINA

NBL ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM CLAIM DOMINANT WIN OVER CHINA

10/07/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 23192185

 
NBL ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM CLAIM DOMINANT WIN OVER CHINA
 
 

The NBL All-Australian Team has completed its CPA Australia Tour of China with a dominant 89-75 Game 3 victory over Team China with unsigned duo Jeremy Kendle and Jerome Randle starring in Dongguan.

The third and final game of the tour took place on Sunday with Team China having defeated the CPA Australia All-Australian Team 68-66 in Game 1 in Beijing on Wednesday. They secured the series on Friday with an 89-75 victory in Jilin.

But the NBL All-Australian team made a statement on Sunday to close the tour in Dongguan with an emphatic 14-point victory.

That was despite falling seven points down to start the third quarter. But from there the Australian team dominated starting with an 8-0 run and outscoring Team China 51-30 from that point.

It was a pair of unsigned NBL players for the 2017/18 who starred for the NBL All-Australian Team with Randle and Kendle putting in tremendous showings. But it was far from a two-man show with the whole squad stepping up in the absence of Jesse Wagstaff.

Kendle ended up top-scoring with 20 points with Randle finishing with 19 points, five steals, three assists and three rebounds.

Daniel Kickert delivered another 19 points while nailing all five of his three-point attempts to go with four rebounds.

Mitch McCarron started and ended the night with 10 points and six rebounds with Nick Kay contributing 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Click here to download game highlights

CPA AUSTRALIA NBL ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM 89 (Jeremy Kendle 20, Daniel Kickert 19, Jerome Randle 19)
TEAM CHINA 75 (Zhou Peng 15, Li Gen 13, Hu Jinqiu 12)

NBL ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM FALLS TO CHINA IN JILIN

NBL ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM FALLS TO CHINA IN JILIN

08/07/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 23153444
   

 
NBL ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM FALLS TO CHINA IN JILIN
 
 

Team China has finished too strong for the CPA Australia NBL All-Australian Team coming from behind to win 89-75 in Game 2 of the three-match tour of China in Jilin.

The NBL All-Australian Team was looking to level the three-game series on the CPA Australia Tour of China after the hosts claimed the 68-66 Game 1 victory in Beijing on Wednesday night, and looked capable of doing so through three quarters.

The Australian team got rolling during the second quarter on the back of a string of Daniel Kickert three-pointers where he nailed three in a three-minute stretch.

That helped the NBL representative team to a 40-33 half-time advantage and they still led by two points heading into the fourth.

But there Team China dominated with 30 points to 14 to win by 14 points to take an unassailable two-nil lead in the series.

Kickert was again the standout for the NBL All-Australian Team scoring 20 points to go with four rebounds.

David Barlow contributed 12 points, four rebounds and four steals with Jerome Randle adding 10 points and four assists.

The major difference ended up being the inclusion of point guard Guo Ailun and 7’1, 145kg monster Han Dejun as the pair led Team China to the victory.

Guo finished with 18 points and three assists for Team China with Han adding 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Game Highlights can be downloaded here

CPA Australia NBL All-Australian Team 75 (Daniel Kickert 20, David Barlow 12, Jerome Randle 10)
Team China 89 (Guo Ailun 18, Ren Junfei 13)

CHINA DOWNS NBL ALL-AUSTRALIANS  IN BEIJING

CHINA DOWNS NBL ALL-AUSTRALIANS IN BEIJING

06/07/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 23117351
   

 
CHINA DOWNS NBL ALL-AUSTRALIANS  IN BEIJING
 
 

The CPA Australia NBL All-Australian Team has lost the opening game of its three-match Tour of China on Wednesday with Team China holding on for a tense 68-66 victory in Beijing.

The NBL All-Australian Team started strongly to open an 18-10 lead by late in the first quarter and were still up against the hosts by a point at half-time despite having gone to the free-throw line just twice.

The second half was also a tight fought contest but China proved too strong for the Australians to take a one-nil lead in the series.

Daniel Kickert top-scored for the NBL All-Australian team with 18 points and five rebounds. He hit 4-of-6 from downtown.

Jerome Randle added 13 points for the visitors, Todd Blanchfield eight and Jeremy Kendle seven.

Wu Qian starred for Team China with 25 points on the back of 7-of-8 from three-point range.

The second game will be played in Jilin this Friday before the third and final game in Dongguanon Sunday. Both matches will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 3 at 9:30pm AEST.

Game Highlights can be downloaded here

CPA Australia All-Australian Team 66 (Daniel Kickert 18, Jerome Randle 13, Todd Blanchfield 8)
Team China 68 (Wu Qian 25)

NBL SCHEDULE A WIN FOR FANS

NBL SCHEDULE A WIN FOR FANS

05/07/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 23106769
   

 
NBL SCHEDULE A WIN FOR FANS
 
 

More games across the weekend, games on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve and a special heritage month are among the highlights of the schedule for the 40th anniversary season of the National Basketball League.

The NBL today released the schedule for the 2017-18 season which will start on October 5 when the Adelaide 36ers play Melbourne United at Titanium Security Arena.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said more games would be played across weekends in 2017-18 to make NBL as accessible as possible to the growing fan base.

“We’ve listened to the fans who’ve told us they want to attend and watch games on TV on weekends and this is a way of ensuring we showcase our biggest games in front of the biggest audiences,” he said.

“We saw an 11 per cent growth in attendances last season and with more games across weekends we are confident crowds and TV audiences will only continue to grow next season.”

There will only be two Monday night games in 2017-18, with more games played on Sunday. All games will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.

Click here for the printable PDF schedule.

Highlights of the 2017-18 schedule include:

  • The first ever NBL game on Christmas Eve between Adelaide 36ers and Cairns Taipans at Titanium Security Arena in Adelaide
  • A game between Brisbane Bullets and Melbourne United on the Gold Coast on October 28
  • A Boxing Day game between Melbourne United and Brisbane Bullets at Hisense Arena
  • Two games on New Year’s Eve including the return of a game to Cairns
  • A special heritage month in January to mark the 40th anniversary season of the NBL
  • Grand Final Replay between Perth Wildcats and Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena onOctober 13
  • 10 games at Spark Arena (formerly Vector Arena) featuring the New Zealand Breakers

“This promises to be one of the biggest and most exciting seasons we’ve seen in the 40 seasons of the NBL,” Loeliger said. “Last year all but one team was in contention for the finals up until the end of the season and I’m sure fans are in for another highly competitive and entertaining season.

“Heritage month will give us an opportunity to celebrate one of Australia’s oldest national club competitions with clubs wearing heritage uniforms as part of our 40th anniversary season. This is great opportunity to engage fans old and new.

“Australian basketball has never been better. We have strong national teams, flourishing participation in the sport, a number of Australians playing in the NBA and strong national competitions that are among the best in the world.”

There will be two bye rounds during November 20-28 and February 19-27 so players can be available for FIBA World Cup qualifying matches.

NBL engaged KPMG and worked with KPMG Australia as well as the KPMG US Optimisation team leveraging their proprietary Game Scheduling Software, the same one used to produce the NBA 2016/17 season schedule. 


Times for games will be released shortly and the schedule is subject to change.

AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALL SHINES AT NBA DRAFT

AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALL SHINES AT NBA DRAFT

24/06/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 22938632
   

 
AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALL SHINES AT NBA DRAFT
 
 
The NBL has congratulated Terrance Ferguson and Jonah Bolden on their selection in today’s NBA Draft.
 
Oklahoma born Ferguson, who was taken by Oklahoma City Thunder with selection 21 in the NBA draft, played for the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL last season.
 
Melbourne born Bolden was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers with selection 36 in the NBA Draft and is the son of Bruce Bolden who enjoyed a 17-year career in the NBL.
 
Ferguson is only the third first round NBA draft pick that have previously played NBL after Luc Longley (7) in 1991 and Chris Anstey (18) in 1997.
 
“Today’s NBA draft is a great endorsement of the NBL and Australian basketball,” said the NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger.
 
“Rather than play US college basketball, Terrance Ferguson decided to spend a season in the NBL and that has paid off with his selection in today’s draft.
 
“It’s further proof that the NBL is a world class basketball competition that will continue to attract and produce elite players and is a genuine pathway to the NBA.
 
“We have a number of Australians playing in the NBA, strong national teams in the Boomers and Opals, record participation levels in the game and a thriving national league in the NBL.
 
“Australian basketball has never been in better shape and there’s never been a better time to be part of the NBL which will celebrate its 40th anniversary season when it kicks off in October.”
CHINA TO TOUR AUSTRALIA

CHINA TO TOUR AUSTRALIA

23/06/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 22922064
   

 
CHINA TO TOUR AUSTRALIA
 
 

China will play two of Australia’s leading NBL teams during a tour of Australia next month.

The Chinese national team will play Melbourne United at Melbourne Park on Sunday July 16before taking on the Brisbane Bullets on the Gold Coast on July 18.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said the games were a great opportunity to showcase basketball between two of the leading nations in the region.

The games will follow next month’s tour of China by the NBL All-Australian team which will play three matches against the Chinese national team starting in Beijing on July 5.

“We are very excited to be hosting China in Australia to play against two of our biggest NBL clubs in Melbourne United and the Brisbane Bullets,” he said.

“We have a strong relationship with the Chinese Basketball Association led by its President Yao Ming and this is an opportunity to strengthen our ties with one of the biggest basketball markets in world."

“Basketball is experiencing a huge boom in both countries and this is fantastic opportunity for everyone including Chinese Australians who may not have seen the NBL before to come along and enjoy top class basketball.”

“We are particularly excited to be able to host a game in Melbourne but also on the Gold Coast which will stage the Commonwealth Games next year.

“It will be a great opportunity for the Bullets to play in front of fans at the Gold Coast at the new Carrara Stadium.”

The games will be streamed live on NBL TV in Australia and to tens of millions of fans in China via Sina and Youku.

Melbourne United will play China at Margaret Court Arena on Sunday July 16 starting at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased at ticketek.com.au from 2pm today.

The Brisbane Bullets will play China at Carrara on Tuesday July 18 starting at 7pm. Ticketing details will be released shortly.

 

MELBOURNE UNITED DEFEAT JIANGSU DRAGONS IN CHINA

MELBOURNE UNITED DEFEAT JIANGSU DRAGONS IN CHINA

18/05/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 22589932
   

 
MELBOURNE UNITED DEFEAT JIANGSU DRAGONS IN CHINA
 
 

Just days after the AFL’s first ever game in Shanghai, the NBL has taken Australian basketball into China.

Melbourne United defeated the Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing in the first of a two game series as the NBL continues its push into the huge basketball market in China.

Kyle Adnam and Tai Wesley starred for Melbourne with 28 and 25 points respectively. Former Fremantle AFL player Craig Moller also made his debut for United as they prevailed 85-72.

The series has been supported by the Victorian Government as part of its sister-state relationship with Jiangsu Province. The second game will be played this Friday.

Highlights and interviews with new Melbourne Head Coach Dean Vickerman and Victorian Trade Minister Philip Dalidakis can be downloaded below.

Game Highlights (Includes Moller, Adnam, Wesley)
Minister Dalidakis Interview
Dean Vickerman Interview

NBL Combine overlay, interviews and audio

NBL Combine overlay, interviews and audio

18/04/2017, Australia, Basketball, National Basketball League, Article # 22130295
   

 
Media Resources: NBL Combine overlay, interviews and audio  
 

Please see below download links of media resources from today’s media session at the NBL Combine including:

Overlay and games vision
Jeremy Loeliger, CEO NBL interview vision

Andrew Gaze, Head Coach Sydney Kings interview vision

Anthony Moore, CEO Basketball Australia interview vision

Andrej Lemanis, Head Coach Australian Boomers / Brisbane Bullets interview vision

 

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