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Bullets tip off pre-season against UCLA

The Brisbane Bullets will play their first game of competitive basketball since the announcement of their NBL return when they take on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Monday, August 29. Established in 1920, UCLA has won a record 11 NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Championships and will bring with them to Brisbane a squad bursting with talent. The UCLA Bruins have produced the most NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winners, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. “It will be a great test to play against a college team like UCLA who have youth and enthusiasm and love to get up and down the court,” Bullets Assistant Coach CJ Bruton said. “It will be fantastic to play at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre and give local fans the chance to see our players in action for the first time against a great brand like UCLA. “By then we hope to be playing at a high rate and at pace having been in pre-season for a month by August 29. Our players should be understanding the defensive and offensive systems as well as what’s expected at both ends of the court. “We’ve got a real mix of youth and enthusiasm on our playing roster, which I believe will be able to combat what UCLA will bring on August 29.” Logan Council Chairperson of the Sport and Community Services Committee, Cr Steve Swenson said the game would be a great opportunity for the people of Logan and surrounding areas to see the new Brisbane Bullets team for the first time. “The resurgence of the Brisbane Bullets is great news for basketball fans in South-East Queensland and the match up against a quality team like UCLA is a real bonus,” he said. “The City of Logan welcomes the Brisbane Bullets’ decision to play their first game at the Logan Metro Sports Centre as it offers a great venue where fans can be close to the action and still enjoy the same hospitality offered by larger venues. “Most people in the region fondly remember the all-conquering Brisbane Bullets playing in the NBL and the packed courts in the 80s and 90s and we’re hoping to create the same atmosphere at this game.” Tip off will be at 7pm and tickets ($20 adults and $12.50 for children 14 and under), can be purchased online: www.loganentertainmentcentre.com.au.  
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