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CEBL's Stingers to Battle Teams from Nicaragua, Puerto Rico in BCLA

October 8, 2021 - Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) - Edmonton Stingers News Release


Niagara ON - The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) and Board of BCL Americas revealed Thursday that the 2021 CEBL champion Edmonton Stingers have been assigned to Group A in the upcoming group stages of the Basketball Champions League Americas (BCLA).The group will also feature Real Estelí from Nicaragua, and Cangrejeros from Puerto Rico. The teams were pre-assigned to the group due to geographical and logistical reasons.

The third season of the BCLA will consist of 36 games at the group stages, and eight games at Final 8. The Final 8 will be played as single-elimination quarterfinals and semifinals with the winners advancing to the Championship game, with the semifinal losers playing for third place. The clubs will be divided into four groups of three teams with the first and second ranked clubs from each group advancing to the Final 8.

The remaining nine clubs - CR Flamengo, Minas, and São Paulo FC from Brazil, Boca Juniors, Obras Basket, and A.A. Quimsa from Argentina, Club Biguá and Club Nacional from Uruguay, and Basket UdeC from Chile - will be drawn into Groups B, C, and D by an official draw that will take place Saturday, October 16 in Miami at 3 p.m. Eastern time. The draw will be streamed live on the BCL Americas official YouTube channel.

Cangrejeros from Puerto Rico, like the Stingers, will be participating in their first season of the BCLA. Their current roster includes notable NBA veterans J.J. Barea and Michael Beasley. Real Estelí plays in the Liga Superior de Baloncesto in Nicaragua. The team made it to the Final 8 of the 2020-21 edition of the BCLA.

The Edmonton Stingers became the first repeat CEBL champion August 22 when they convincingly defeated the Niagara River Lions, 101-65, at the 2021 Championship Weekend. Three-time CEBL Player Of The Year Xavier Moon recorded a double-double with game-highs of 28 points and 10 assists to win the Finals MVP Award.

The 2021-22 BCLA season will tip-off December 10 and run five months, culminating in the Final 8 scheduled in April 2022. The CEBL and the Edmonton Stingers will provide further information on the team game schedule and host location later this year.

The BCL Americas champion will earn a spot into the 2023 FIBA Intercontinental Cup. C.R. Flamengo, current champion of BCL Americas season two (2021), will play in the 2022 FIBA Intercontinental Cup.

The CEBL is heading into its fourth season set to start in May 2022. A league created by Canadians for Canadians, the CEBL has the highest percentage of Canadian players of any professional league in the country, with 75 percent of its current rosters being Canadians. Players bring experience from the NBA, NBA G League, top international leagues, the Canadian National team program, and top NCAA programs as well as U SPORTS. The only First Division Professional League Partner of Canada Basketball, the CEBL season typically runs from May through August. Head to CEBL.ca for more information or follow us (@cebleague) on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn, Facebook & YouTube.

The Basketball Champions League Americas (BCLA) is the best continental league in the Americas. It's created through an innovative partnership between FIBA, federations and leagues with 12 teams competing from the continent.

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