Border bragging rights highlight basketball showdown

nbbl_cbaThe 2014 North of the Border Basketball League All-Star Game will pit Canada against the United States in a border battle.

The NBBL (Canada) welcomes the U.S. Central Basketball Association for ultimate bragging rights between the two countries. The game will be played at McMaster University’s Burridge Gym, with an 8 p.m. tipoff on Friday (Aug. 22)

The CBA is located in the central United States and currently stretches across seven cities. The focus for the CBA is similar to that of the NBBL, providing their countries athletes with an elite playing platform to compete against the best athletes in their region. The CBA aims to help develop basketball in the U.S. and provide their athletes with opportunities to compete at a professional level by acting as a feeder system to the NBA Developmental League.

The Battle of the Border will be hosted by the NBBL for 2014 and will switch to a the U.S. next year with the CBA as host.

In addition to the Battle of the Border All-Star Game, there will also be a 3-point shootout, dunk contest and live music.

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