DIRECTV Liga de las Americas 2018 champion San Lorenzo to face the University of Kentucky in the Bahamas
NASSAU (DIRECTV Liga de las Americas 2018) – The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the Americas announced today that DIRECTV Liga de las Americas 2018 champion Argentinean club San Lorenzo de Almagro will face the University of Kentucky as part of a four-team event set to take place in Bahamas, from August 6-13.
San Lorenzo will face the NCAA powerhouse University of Kentucky, one of the most successful Division I basketball programs with 8 national championships, on August 9 in the Atlantis Imperial Arena in Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
The Argentinean club will represent the DIRECTV Liga de las Americas after winning the continental competition in dominating fashion with an undefeated 8-0 run in a 2018 edition that culminated with an emotional 79-71 victory over Brazilian club Mogi das Cruzes in the final played in Buenos Aires.
“The FIBA Americas family is proud to accept the invitation to feature our club competition champion San Lorenzo de Almagro in a very special event to take place in Atlantis on Paradise Island in Bahamas. It is an exhibition game of historic proportions for such a traditional club like San Lorenzo, founded in 1908, with great sporting achievements and a passionate following back home in Argentina to face the renowned University of Kentucky from USA. It represents another step forward in FIBA’s mission to grow and develop our sport throughout the continent.”, said FIBA Americas President Usie Richards.
The event is a joint venture between Complete Sports Management and the Bahamas Basketball Federation as part of Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas Tour that will also feature Serbian team Mega Bemax and Team Toronto, a cast of top select Canadian players put together by head coach Roy Rana, who led Canada to its first gold medal at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017. Possible broadcast of the games will be confirmed at a later date.
The DIRECTV Liga de las Americas is the most important international basketball club competition in the continent, that in its 2018 edition had the participation of 16 teams from 9 different countries, including the champions from the national leagues of Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Mexico, Panamá, Uruguay and Venezuela, along with the DIRECTV South American League 2017 champion.
For more info on Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas Tour click here. Visit ligamericas.basketball for updates on the competition.