More home games for Perth Wildcats as NBL releases round three fixture

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VideoThe Perth Wildcats are embroiled in COVID border chaos, but remain hopeful of getting the NBL season underway.

Perth Wildcats will host South East Melbourne and New Zealand in round three of the NBL season, while basketball will also return to Victoria after the league released its next set of fixtures this morning.

The Wildcats will open their season against the Phoenix this Sunday, just hours after completing their 14 days of home quarantine.

But the NBL have scheduled two games for the Wildcats in round three. South East Melbourne will remain in Perth for the week to play a second game against the Wildcats while New Zealand will travel to Perth after playing successive matches in Adelaide against the 36ers.

Adelaide will also host the Sydney Kings in round three, opening the door for a grand final re-match in round four after Sydney have spent two weeks in South Australia.

The league are using SA as a transition state to avoid teams having to quarantine when arriving in Perth.

The most significant scheduling change from the round was the return of basketball to Victoria. Melbourne United will play against South East Melbourne in Bendigo on January 31.

The league has also fixtured a match on Australia Day between Brisbane and Sydney.

NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger was happy that borders were opening up and the league could start to have more teams playing in their home states.

“Bendigo is a great basketball city in regional Victoria and we look forward to playing more games there across the season,” Loeliger said

“We will continue to monitor the situation across Australia in the hope we can also schedule games in New South Wales as soon as possible. It was great to see so many fans attend the first round last weekend and we hope venue capacities can continue to build across the season.

“The round went as smoothly as we could have hoped and we witnessed world class basketball and already this is shaping as another very even and fiercely contested season.”

NBL ROUND THREE

Tuesday January 26

Brisbane Bullets v Sydney Kings, Nissan Arena

Wednesday January 27

Adelaide 36ers v New Zealand Breakers, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Thursday January 28

Cairns Taipans v The Hawks, Cairns Pop-Up Arena

Friday January 29

PERTH WILDCATS v SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE PHOENIX, RAC ARENA, 6.30PM

Saturday January 30

Brisbane Bullets v Cairns Taipans, Nissan Arena

Adelaide 36ers v Sydney Kings, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Sunday January 31

Melbourne United v South East Melbourne Phoenix, Bendigo Stadium,

PERTH WILDCATS v NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS, RAC ARENA, 2pm

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