The National Basketball League has announced that tickets are now on sale for the return of the Top End Challenge pre-season tournament in Darwin. The tourney will run from 28 September until 2 October. All nine NBL teams (including the newly returned Sydney Kings) will take part, as will the Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars.

The tournament opens on 28 September with a blockbuster clash in Alice Springs between reigning NBL Champions and regular visitors to the NT, the Perth Wildcats, and their traditional rivals the Adelaide 36ers.

All other games will be played in Darwin at the Marrara Indoor Stadium, with four matches on Thursday 30 September, four more on Friday 1 October and the Finals being held on Saturday 2 October.

Tickets for the Darwin games are available now through the Box Office at the Darwin Entertainment Centre by phoning (08) 8980 3333 or at NBL Top End Challenge – Schedule

All games at Marrara Indoor Stadium in Darwin unless otherwise indicated

Tues 28 September

7:00PM – Perth Wildcats v Adelaide 36ers (Alice Springs Basketball Stadium)

Thurs 30 September

2:00PM – Cairns Taipans v Wollongong Hawks

4:00PM – Townsville Crocodiles v NZ Breakers

6:00PM – Melbourne Tigers v Adelaide 36ers

8:00PM – Gold Coast Blaze v Sydney Kings

Fri 1 October

2:00PM – Townsville Crocodiles v Sydney Kings

4:00PM – Cairns Taipans v Gold Coast Blaze

6:00PM – Wollongong Hawks v NZ Breakers

8:00PM – Melbourne Tigers v Perth Wildcats

Sat 2 October

12:00PM Noon – 7th v 8th

2:00PM – 5th v 6th

4:00PM – 3rd v 4th

6:00PM -9th v Darwin Airport Resort All-Stars

8:00PM – 1st v 2nd