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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June is a busy month in Basketball. The NBA finals have just been completed with the Golden State Warriors winning the title.

An estimated 1,000,000 people attended their victory parade. This week has also seen the FIBA Men’s World 3x3 Championships in the Philippines. NZ qualified and participated in this exciting shortened version of the game. The team faced the best on the planet and finished a very credible 11th in the world. This is also exciting as 3x3 is also going to be included at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Locally, qualifying was held in Tauranga over Queen’s Birthday for the National Under 15 and Under 17 boys and girl’s events. Both Tauranga City and Rotorua Basketball Associations have qualified teams. This year is the second time a Tauranga City team has secured a number one seed spot from this event (Under 15 Boys) and also the first time Tauranga City has had B teams qualify for the National Finals Tournament (Both Under 15 Boys B and Girls B).

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This weekend sees the 30th and final edition of the Atomic Masters tournament. The volunteers who have run this tournament have raised funds from the event to help young players from the region. A special thank you to all the Atomic Masters members who have helped our sport over the past 30 years.
The 28th of June sees the Tall Blacks play Hong Kong in Rotorua. This is one of their World Championship qualifying events. Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.nz

Basketball in the Eastern Bay continues to grow very rapidly with the Secondary School league growing again for the fourth year in a row. The work Gareth Yates from Sport BOP has done has been instrumental in developing this growth.

The possibilities for New Zealand’s basketballers both male and female continue to grow. Two examples of this are; William Raisbeck who has just announced he has signed a scholarship agreement with Notre Dame (Div. 2) College in Cleveland USA, and Shalom Broughton who has made the NZ U17 side which will play at the World Championship in Argentina next month. It is great for Tauranga City and the wider Bay of Plenty, that Basketball is able to provide these opportunities in the Bay of Plenty and bring the economic spin offs from hosting basketball events here. I hope you get the opportunity to come and support the local sides playing here in events throughout the year.

For more information on Basketball in the Bay of Plenty visit:
Tauranga Basketball
Rotorua Basketball
Whakatane Basketball

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