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by Chris McCann

The Odyssey Arena will be the venue for one of the top International Basketball tournaments of the year when the Pittsburgh Panthers take on the Melbourne Tigers on Friday.

These top teams from the US and Australia will be joined by Scottish and English national teams for the first Belfast International Basketball Classic hosted by USNI Sport in the arena this Friday and Saturday.

USNI Sport, in association with Sport NI, Belfast City Council, the Odyssey Arena and the Hastings Hotel Group, have put together an Elite Basketball Tournament featuring NCAA USA powerhouse, Pittsburgh University Panthers, Australian NBL top team, the Melbourne Tigers and, rounding out the foursome, both the English and Scottish national teams.

This tournament should prove to be a great pre-season test for both the Tigers and the Panthers as they hope to start their respective seasons in October in top form.

It will also be ideal preparation for national team programmes in both England and Scotland over the summer months.

This is a great chance to witness the elite level of basketball in Belfast this summer and see some great games.

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