The South East Australian Basketball League are proud to announce through a partnership with Fiddes Enterprises / And 1 an exhibition game to be held at Vodafone Arena prior to the highly popular Mixtape tour.
Although SEABL is well into its off season and most imports have gone home or moved onto other leagues such as the NBL, two teams of exceptional talent have been put together to showcase the high quality of talent that exists in the two conferences that make up the SEABL.
The coaches selected for the respective sides are three time SEABL coach of the Year, Canberra Gunners mentor Frank Arsego for the East Conference and league stalwart Grant Wallace from Kilsyth Cobras will lead the South.
Both coaches were given a list of the available talent and selected the best possible teams to represent the SEABL. Two extremely competitive sides were selected comprising no less than 7 former NBL players, two current or former conference MVP’s and a host of league veterans and some exciting young talent thrown in for good measure.
The south conference side will be led by recently retired NBL star and current conference MVP Anthony Stewart, fresh from a four game stint with the Townsville Crocodiles as an injury replacement. He will be joined by four other players from the apple isle, teammates Daniel George, Mark Nash and North West Tasmanian Thunder brothers Ben and Sam Armstrong. Add 1998 NBL rookie of the year David Smith and his Kilsyth running mate D.J Taylor, Dallas Jeffree from Mt Gambier, Brett Goodgame (Ballarat) and Veteran Bendigo forward Chris Novak and you have a formidable line up at Coach Wallace’s disposal.
Frank Arsego has also put together a talented bunch of players to represent the east conference headlined by standout Frankston import and the 2005 East MVP David Gruber. David has recently toured China with an ABA select side coached by Andrew Gaze so will be in game shape for the big occasion. Conference grand finalists the Canberra Gunners have three representatives, veteran and games record holder Paul Denman, sharp shooter Zlatko Todorovski and utility Jon Holden. SEABL rebounding champion Jason Eversteyn from the Nunawading club will be the man in the middle and his teammate Michael Thorp will relish the exposure within the select group. Conference champion Geelong will have guards Jason Reardon and Jamie Medved suiting up alongside Albury/Wodonga spearhead Nick Payne. The youngsters at the AIS will be represented by 2007 Emus squad member Clinton Steindl.
Both teams have exceptional talent at all positions and scoring shouldn’t be a problem for either outfit. It promises to be a fast paced game with individual brilliance on display with the best SEABL has to offer coming together for this rare opportunity to play in a world class arena in front of a possible full house.
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