NBL champions to taste round two action

Defending NBL champions Perth will belatedly start their title defence on Sunday week following confirmation of the new season’s second round, which will feature six matches across six days.

The Wildcats and the New Zealand Breakers, who both aren’t taking part in round one, will finally hit the court in a schedule that is rolling and flexible due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures.

Perth open their campaign at home on January 24 against the South East Melbourne Phoenix.

The Breakers begin their season on Friday week against the Adelaide 36ers at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

The 36ers are also in action at home two nights earlier against the Phoenix.

No matches in the first two rounds are being played in NSW and Victoria.

“We will continue to assess the situation over the coming weeks and be guided by the advice of the states as we schedule more games as part of our rolling schedule this season,” NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said.

“As soon as restrictions ease we hope to be in a position to be able to also schedule games in Victoria and New South Wales.”

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The season starts on Friday night, with the 36ers hosting Melbourne United.

On Saturday, the Bullets host the Hawks at Nissan Arena, with the two teams to meet again at the same venue in round two five nights later.

Bullets guard Jason Cadee said: “For us it’s about trying to control the tempo and playing at our pace, not theirs.

“If we can do their it’ll go a long way to getting a first win.”

Bullets CEO Peter McLennan said he understood “the need to work off a rolling schedule”.

“But the longer the lead time with confirmation, the better it is for our members, corporate partners and fans,” McLennan said.

“This game (against the Hawks on Thursday week) was part of the original schedule release so we’re grateful that there has been no change.

“With the current restrictions in Brisbane going through until January 22, all attendees are reminded that the venue will be running at a 50% capacity and the COVID safe plan will be in place.”

NBL Round One: Friday: Adelaide 36ers v Melbourne United, Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Saturday: Brisbane Bullets v The Hawks, Nissan Arena; Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings, Cairns Pop-Up Arena. Sunday: Adelaide 36ers v South East Melbourne Phoenix, Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Monday: Cairns Taipans v The Hawks, Cairns Pop-Up Arena.

NBL Round Two: January 20 Adelaide 36ers v South East Melbourne Phoenix, Adelaide Entertainment Centre. January 21: Brisbane Bullets v The Hawks, Nissan Arena. January 22: Adelaide 36ers v New Zealand Breakers, Adelaide Entertainment Centre. January 23: Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings. January 24: Perth Wildcats v South East Melbourne Phoenix, RAC Arena. January 25: Cairns Taipans v Melbourne United, Cairns Pop-Up Arena.

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