Basketball New Zealand this week introduces a new tournament to the calendar with the National Basketball Championship (NBC) being hosted at Porirua from Thursday to Saturday, with free entry for all spectators.
Unlike the Bartercard NBL which is franchise based, the NBC is a search for the best Association based team. Players on each team must have lived continuously within the Association they wish to represent from 1 August this year, through to the commencement of the tournament.
Teams can however have up to two (2) loan players on their roster, this is as much to cater for players who might be living in an area that has not entered a team this year, as well as ensuring a high quality across every roster and some great action for spectators. Players must be aged over 16.
BBNZ CEO Iain Potter says the response to this first edition of the NBC has been extremely positive.
“The NBC has a number of objectives, one of which from a competition point of view is to determine which Association can lay claim to having the best men’s basketball players. It has residence based eligibility which differentiates it from the Bartercard NBL and provides an opportunity for players to represent their Association – effectively their hometown.
“Like many other sports it provides a place for players who play in weekly leagues during the basketball season to win representative status. It fills a gap as all other basketball nationals are age limited.
“We are very happy with the response in this inaugural year. It will take time to establish its position in the calendar but we are keen to support Association based leagues by offering this representative climax to the season.”
Potter says the NBC will also likely become something of a stepping stone, as players who are currently in the Bartercard NBL mix with those who have hopes of one day joining them.
“The NBC is a great opportunity for players wanting to press their Bartercard NBL credentials. I have no doubt this will become a valuable recruiting tool for coaches and clubs looking to sign players for the next season.”
A total of 8 Associations have signed up for the inaugural tournament, which includes support from Basketball New Zealand and tournament sponsors Molten and SAS Sport. The teams are split into two pools of four, with the top two teams from each playing in the semi-finals while the bottom two will also playoff on Saturday to determine final placing and seeding for 2015.
Pool play takes place on Thursday and Friday, with semifinals on Friday night. The Grand Final will be played on Saturday 15 November with a 6pm tip off, preceded by the 3/4 playoff at 4pm.
BASKETBALL NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS (NBC)
Teams Pool 1: Tauranga, Hutt Valley, Auckland, Waitakere West Guns
Pool 2: Porirua, Waitakere West, North Harbour, Southland
Venue: Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua
Draw and Results: CLICK HERE
Rosters & Programme: CLICK HERE
Sponsors: Molten and SAS Sport
Spectator entry is free throughout the tournament, including finals on Saturday evening.
Live streaming of all games on Court 2: CLICK HERE
Thursday 13 November
Tauranga City V Hutt Valley (Pool 1)
Porirua V Waitakere West (Pool 2)
Auckland V Waitakere West Guns (Pool 1)
North Harbour V Southland (Pool 2)
Waitakere West V North Harbour (Pool 2)
Hutt Valley V Auckland (Pool 1)
Southland V Porirua (Pool 2)
Waitakere West Guns V Tauranga City (Pool 1)
Friday, 14 November
Tauranga City V Auckland (Pool 1)
Porirua V North Harbour (Pool 2)
Waitakere West V Southland (Pool 2)
Hutt Valley V Waitakere West Guns (Pool 1)
3rd Pool 1 V 4th Pool 2 5-8 placing Semi Final 1
1st Pool 1 V 2nd Pool 2 main draw Semi Final 1
3rd Pool 2 V 4th Pool 1 5-8 placing Semi Final 2
1st Pool 2 V 2nd Pool 1 main draw Semi Final 2
Saturday, 15 November
Loser 5-8 Semi Final 1 V Loser 5-8 Semi Final 2 (7th & 8th Playoff)
Winner 5-8 Semi Final 1 V Winner 5-8 Semi Final 2 (5th & 6th Playoff)
Loser Semi Final 1 V Loser Semi Final 2 (3rd & 4th Playoff)
Grand Final Winner Semi Final 1 V Winner Semi Final 2