Bul­lets dodge Mon­day games in friend­lier NBL draw

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PAUL MALONE

BRIS­BANE Bul­lets have been saved from any ap­pear­ances in the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League’s Mon­day times­lots next sea­son.

The NBL’s draw, to be an­nounced to­day, re­veals a broad­cast strat­egy in­clud­ing a re­duc­tion of Mon­day night games to only two in the en­tire sea­son, nei­ther of which in­volve the Bul­lets.

The Bul­lets fea­ture promi­nently in Satur­day and Sun­day games.

“We’ve lis­tened to the fans who have told us they want to watch games on week­ends,’’ NBL CEO Jeremy Le­oliger said.

Bris­bane yes­ter­day con­firmed the sign­ing of guard Travis Trice, and the for­mer Taipans player will be up against his for­mer club in the Round 3 Queens­land derby on Oc­to­ber 20 – a Fri­day – at the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre. Trice is cur­rently play­ing in the NBA Sum­mer League for Mil­wau­kee.

“Travis likes to take on a chal­lenge and brings us real speed, the abil­ity to get in the lane and he makes de­fences re­act,’’ coach An­drej Le­ma­nis said.

Bris­bane start the sea­son away to Perth on Oc­to­ber 7 and host New Zealand on Oc­to­ber 15.

The Bul­lets will play four home games at the En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre, nine at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and one at the Gold Coast on Oc­to­ber 28 against Mel­bourne United. They are stag­ing one more match than last sea­son at the big­ger, 7500- seat con- fig­u­ra­tion of the En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

Mel­bourne and Bris­bane also fig­ure in a Box­ing Day fix­ture at Mel­bourne’s Hisense Arena. Cairns host the Bul­lets on De­cem­ber 14 and Jan­uary 5, hav­ing started their cam­paign at home on Oc­to­ber 6 against Illawarra.

The NBL will have games tele­cast by Fox Sports each round and is yet to an­nounce its free- to- air net­work, hav­ing aired some matches last sea­son on SBS.

There will be two bye weeks, in Novem­ber and Fe­bru­ary.

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