Wildcats round three fixture revealed
The Perth Wildcats will remain at RAC Arena in round three of the NBL season, facing South East Melbourne Phoenix for a second straight match followed by New Zealand Breakers as part of the schedule announced on Tuesday.
Set to meet the Phoenix in their opening match on Sunday, the two teams will face off again on Friday January 29th, the match to start at 6:30 AWST.
The round will commence on Australia Day with a blockbuster match up between the Brisbane Bullets and Sydney Kings at Nissan Arena, the Adelaide 36ers meeting the New Zealand Breakers the following night at Adelaide Entertainment Centre before the Cairns Taipans meet the Hawks for the second time this season on Thursday January 28th.
Following the Wildcats Friday night match it's an all-Queensland affair between Cairns and Brisbane on Saturday night, before the first throwdown of the season takes place on Sunday January 31st between Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix in Bendigo, moved from it's intended round one slot.
Later that afternoon the Wildcats are back at home to the Breakers, renewing their rivalry with the New Zealand side that extends back to the mid 2010's and several Grand Final series between the clubs.
“We’re excited to be able to mark Australia Day with a game in Brisbane and schedule the first Sunshine Stoush of NBL21 between the Bullets and the Taipans," NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said.
“We’re also delighted to be able to play our first game in Victoria this season with the Throwdown between our two Melbourne teams. Bendigo is a great basketball city in regional Victoria and we look forward to playing more games there across the season.
“We will continue to monitor the situation across Australia in the hope we can also schedule games in New South Wales as soon as possible. It was great to see so many fans attend the first round last weekend and we hope venue capacities can continue to build across the season.
“The round went as smoothly as we could have hoped and we witnessed world class basketball and already this is shaping as another very even and fiercely contested season.”
Round two begins on Wednesday night with a rematch between the Adelaide 36ers and the South East Melbourne Phoenix, with the two sides having played double overtime on Sunday.
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