Winners of the 2010 Sydney Kings Schools Shootout development division
STUDENTS from Sydney Boys High and Newington College will have the thrill of being the first to play on the Kingdome’s brand new $1 million high-tech court when they contest the premier division final of the 2010 Sydney Kings Schools Shootout this Saturday night.
The Kings return to the Sydney Entertainment Centre for their 2010/11 iiNet National Basketball League (NBL) round one match-up against the New Zealand Breakers with Sydney High and Newington College tipping-off the action from 6pm.
Both schools dominated the annual high school tournament run over two days at Newington College last week.
Sydney High defeated Newington 47-41 in the final of the development division with High’s Blake McGlentchy taking home the MVP award.
With the resurrected Sydney Kings heavily focused on their community engagement program, general manager Bob Turner was delighted to align support to the annual tournament, which is now known as the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout and offers a unique opportunity for the final of the premier division to be played as a curtain raiser to a Kings home game at the Entertainment Centre.
Both schools are bursting with talent including two Australian under-20 representatives in Daniel Hill of Newington College and Andre Dukanoviv of Sydney High.
“This game will showcase some of our city’s best junior talent and promises to provide a nail biting warm up to the return of our cardiac Kings,” said tournament director Phil Webster.
Webster applauded the Kings for their strong support of school basketball and believes the tournament may provide future NBL quality players for the purple and gold.
“Current Kings Graeme Dann and Julian Khazzouh both attended schools that participate in this Sydney wide event and we’re looking forward to future Kings rising through the ranks of the tournament,” said Webster.
The Sydney Kings open their season in Melbourne against the Tigers this Friday night before returning home to take on the Breakers at the Kingdome on Saturday night. Tip-off is at 8pm for both games.
Tickets for Saturday night’s game in Sydney are selling fast, but you can still purchase yours through the Ticketmaster website at www.ticketmaster.com.au.
You can catch all the action of Friday night’s game live in your lounge room on One HD from 8pm.
Saturday 16 October 2010
The Kingdome – Sydney Entertainment Centre
6pm – Curtain Raiser
Sydney High v Newington College in the premier division final of the 2010 Sydney Kings Schools Shootout
2010 Australia’s Got Talent winners Justice Crew
8pm – Main Game
Sydney Kings v NZ Breakers in round one of the 2010/11 iiNet NBL Championship