British Basketball with unique twist heads to O2 Arena

Admittedly met with intrigue and scepticism more than excitement, the British Basketball All-Stars event at the O2 Arena in London will aim to win over the so far unconvinced basketball loyalists and maybe bring in some new supporters to the cause.

The brains behind Sunday’s event are Matchroom Sport, who promise an entertaining brand of basketball that will certainly be different to what we’re generally used to watching.

There will be a double elimination group stage comprising a total of ten matches, with the subsequent six fixtures determined by the outcome of the first four. Two straight wins will qualify a team for the semi-finals while two straight defeats will spell elimination.

The final set of matches in the group will feature teams with one win and one defeat competing to stay in the competition. Fixtures for the semi-finals will be drawn shortly after the conclusion of the group stage.

The rules have been altered as well to highlight the fast pace of the day, with many of the players aiming to try their luck from the “All-Star” five-point line, which will be near the half-way mark.

The games will be 12 minutes long with a 20 second shot clock with a limit of six fouls.

The rules have been altered as well to highlight the fast pace of the day, with many of the players aiming to try their luck from the “All-Star” five-point line, which will be near the half-way mark.

The games will be 12 minutes long with a 20 second shot clock with a limit of six fouls.

Despite the rule changes, a few of the coaches involved are saying that it hasn’t changed their pre-season programme and instead they are looking forward to performing on a big stage where the event will be broadcast in 100 countries including the United States to Australia and New Zealand.

“We are excited to play at this event tomorrow,” said Glasgow Rocks head coach Tony Garbelotto, whose side plays London Lions in the opening round. “No we have not trained specifically. We are still preparing for season.

“I hope are basketball smarts and competitive instincts will help us be successful in the event.”

The action tips off at 1pm and runs through until 6pm, UK time.