Esh Group Eagles Newcastle today announced their second Euro Invitational Tournament at Northumbria University Sport Central. which will again be sponsored by MKM Building Supplies – the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant across England and Scotland.
The 2nd MKM Euro Invitational line-up sees the hard work that the Eagles organisation have put in during the off-season bear fruit, with the line-up of European teams coming to Tyneside one of the very best to have hit Britain’s basketball shores.
All three club are from different cultures and backgrounds, but have two things in common. They all played in last season’s FIBA Europe Cup and all will be playing in this season’s inaugural FIBA European Champions League.
The reigning Belgian Champions Telenet BC Oostende, Denmark’s national runners-up Bakken Bears, plus Estonia’s second ranked team Tartu Ulikool/Rock will line-up against the Eagles in a two day event from 04 to 05 September.
Tickets for the exciting international event will be available soon through www.newcastle-eagles.com or via 0191 2453880. They are priced at £10 per day or £17.50 for the two days.
Oostende are seeded straight through to the group stages of the FIBA Champions League, whilst Bakken and Tartu will compete for a group stage place in the qualifying rounds. Should they fail to reach the group stages, they will still play in the FIBA Europe Cup.
Oostende have already confirmed a number of high-quality signings for the 2016-17 season with ex-Bolton Celtics and D-League Maine Red Claws guard, Corey Walden, fellow USA guard D. J. Newbill, Serbian-Croat power forward Marko Kuridza and Belgian International forward Vincent Kestel on their roster for this season.
Bakken have brought in rookie USA forward Dwayne Benjamin from Oregon University, alongside Danish International guard Adama Darboe who played for Boras in Sweden last term. They have also retained two centres from last season, the Senegalese Michel Diouf and American Keane Thomann – as well as Danish International swingman, Thomas Laerke.
Tartu meanwhile have not yet confirmed any 2016-17 signings, but last season had USA centre Brian Harper in their ranks who actually played against The Eagles for BKK Gimle of Norway when the Eagles toured there in 2007. They also had four Estonian internationals on their roster in point guard Tanel Sokk, shooting guard Gert Dorbek, power forward Janar Taits and Joosep Toome.