After making his first three appearances in the pre-season matches for Newcastle Eagles, Liberia’s basketball star Saah Nimley is set to make his first competitive appearance for the Eagles as the team travel to London at the O2 Arena to participate in the British Basketball All-Star Championship this weekend.
Nimley is part of the Eagles’ 10-man roster that will travel to the 20,000 sitting capacity O2 Arena in London for the British Basketball All-Star event.
The 24-year-old Liberian was outstanding in his previous appearances during the pre-season after scoring 56 points and 17 assists in the Eagles’ last two games. Sunday’s match will be another opportunity for the young star to showcase what he is made of in the BBL.
Ahead of the crucial tournament in London this weekend, Nimley has expressed optimism that his team will be victorious though it is his first time to participate in the tournament. The Newcastle point guard told British sports journalist Simon Rushworth: “All I know is that it’s an arcade-style version of the game. It’s not basketball as we know it, but we’re going down there to win. That’s the same whatever competition Newcastle Eagles enter.”
Nimley added: “It’s an attack-focused format and we boast a lot of offensive weapons. From day one I was surprised just how much raw talent there is in this team and all of the guys love scoring.”
Newcastle Eagles will face Bristol Flyers in match 2 of the tournament, and will face the winner of match 3 if they eliminate Bristol Flyers in their first match.
Eight teams will play in a double elimination format; two wins and the team will advance straight through to the semi finals, two losses will result in being knocked out of the tournament, with teams winning one and losing one of their opening matches playing a deciding match for a place in the last four.
Winner of the tournament will win a cash prize of £25,000, while runner up will be given £20,000. Losing semi-finalists will get £12,500; teams winning one game will get £10,000 and £5,000 for teams without a win.
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