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NZCT National Basketball League Live On Sky Sport

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NZCT National Basketball League Live On Sky Sport

11 June 2009 - The NZCT National Basketball League play-offs begin on Tuesday 16th June and sport fans around the country will have the opportunity to catch all the action live on Sky TV.

The Sky Sport 3 channel will show all of the play-off games with live coverage starting at 7pm.

"We're delighted that Sky will be televising the play-offs this year which will give basketball fans throughout New Zealand the opportunity to enjoy the climax of the competition," said NBL Chairman Sam Rossiter-Stead. "We've seen some fantastic games over the last three months and the play-offs will be fiercely contested, which will make for some great television."

The NZCT National Basketball League regular season concludes this week with Round 14 getting underway tonight as the Waikato Pistons host the Youthtown Auckland Stars in Te Awamutu, tip off 7.30pm. Round 14 games have a bearing on the final seedings for the play-offs. With the top six found for the play-offs, positions one and two, and three and four could change this weekend with the following scenarios possible.

If Pistons beat Stars on Thursday - Pistons will finish 1st and Giants 2nd. If Pistons lose to Stars and Giants beat Heat on Friday night - Giants will finish 1st and Pistons 2nd If Saints beat Heat on Saturday night - Saints will finish 3rd. If Saints lose to Heat and Cougars beat Stars on Friday night - Cougars will finish 3rd and Saints 4th.

The schedule for the play-offs will be as follows, all live on Sky Sport 3.

Play-off Rundown

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, June 16 Game One - 3rd v 6th (Saints/Cougars v Hawks) Wednesday, June 17 Game Two - 4th v 5th (Cougars/Saints v Heat)

Semifinals

Thursday, June 18 Winner of Game One v Second Place (Giants/Pistons) Friday, June 19 Winner of Game Two v First Place (Pistons/Giants)

Final Series

Tuesday, June 23 TBC - Venue to the lowest qualifier from the regular season Thursday, June 25 TBC - Venue to the highest qualifier from the regular season Friday, June 26 (if required) TBC - Venue to the highest qualifier from the regular season.

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