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Andrew Gaze backs decision to replace South East Australian Basketball Competition

Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze says Basketball Australia’s decision to revamp the pathways competition is “going to be better” for Australian basketball.

It comes after Basketball Australia announced it would no longer support the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL).

Gaze said the 16-team competition which was established in 1981 needed to be improved on and resemble the style of college basketball in the US.

“The more we have all the associations right throughout the country striving for a better pinnacle and that would be a national championship, I think it’s going to be better for all concerned,” Gaze said.

“By putting greater emphasis on the State competitions and then finding a way for them to culminate into a national championship – it’s more affordable, it provides incentives for the associations to do well at the various levels.

“Even some of them will have promotion (or) relegation.

“If you can’t play at the highest level, associations can still work at those lower levels to strive for something.

“I think it has really good merits.”

Basketball Australia’s decision has left the futures of several SEABL teams up in the air.

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