WORCESTER Wolves have been selected to take part in this autumn’s inaugural British Basketball All-Stars Championship at London’s O2 Arena.
Wolves, who just missed out on a place in the 2016/17 British Basketball League (BBL) final after a agonising overtime defeat in the semi-final earlier this month, will be one of seven sides competing in the new one-day tournament on Sunday, September 24, just before the 2017/18 BBL campaign begins.
Run by Matchroom Sport, the competition will introduce shorter 12-minute matches, a double-point power play and a five-point line, with £25,000 going to the winning side.
Opening with a double elimination group stage, teams will play up to three matches, with two wins being enough to put them straight into the semi-finals, but two defeats would immediately eliminate them.
Wolves head coach Paul James said: “I’m delighted we’ve qualified. It’s going to be a thrilling way to kick-start the BBL season with the best talent clubs have to offer on show on one day. After such a great season, including a 12-game unbeaten run, this tournament is the perfect opportunity to set us up for the new season ahead.
“We hope to continue our outstanding form from the second half of last season and will give it our best shot.
“With the addition of this exciting event to the basketball calendar, this is a really exciting time for British basketball and proves how much its reach and appeal in this country is growing.”
Visit the website at www.allstars basketball.co.uk for tickets or for more information.