National professional basketball tourney begins next month

10:58 | 15/08/2017 Sports

This year’s professional national basketball tournament, sponsored by Jetstar, will be held from September 05 to December 03.

The national men’s basketball team for the SEA Games 29 in Malaysia - VNS Photo

The Việt Nam Basketball Federation (VBF) and Việt Nam Basketball Association (VBA) held a launching ceremony for the tournament last week.

It will feature six teams: Saigon Heat, Thang Long Warriors, HoChiMinh City Wings, HaNoi Buffaloes, CanTho Catfish and DangNang Dragons.

Each team will be able to field one foreign player and two overseas Vietnamese players. The rest of the team will have to comprise local players.

At the launching ceremony of VBA 2017, the sponsor announced that it will give both male and female basketball teams VNĐ10 million (US$450) for each point by which they beat their competitors at the SEA Games 29 in Malaysia. A victory margin of 10 points, therefore, would fetch the team VNĐ100 million.

The national men’s team competing at SEA Games 29 was selected based on performances in the previous edition of the tournament, VBA 2016.

Theo VNS