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All-Star Game: One more bet on basketball

A renewed Poliedro de Caracas will host the Venezuelan basketball All-Star Game this Saturday, August 13, promising a show of the highest level.

The classic, which marks the middle of the season in the Professional Basketball Super League (SPB), returns to the scene for the first time since 2016.

Getting basketball out of the bubble forced by the pandemic, adding teams and returning to the venues was an immense challenge for the new SPB board, amid the integration of the Super League and the Professional Basketball League (SPB).

But they wanted more. They jumped to the fore, offering spectacle and emotion, and from day one they began to work to fulfill that mission.  

“For us it was very important to create the brand… People wonder: What is the SPB? How much does it include?” questioned the president of the league, José Guerrero.

“Well, it is a whole universe that we are forming through the merger of the Super League and the LPB, with which we want to offer something more than competition per se… The All-Star Game is the first of many events that we want to do to catch the fanatic”, explained the director.

Entertaining and even captivating a new audience is the basis of this entire ambitious event, which of course was a huge challenge for the league.

“We have been working on this for many months, long before the league started we already had the project conceived. Today is a dream come true that I am sure will be maintained over time and will get better and better”, said Guerrero.

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This Saturday's appointment is just the beginning of a tradition, which, according to the directors, will move to different cities in the country.

The event will reach all corners of the country through the small screen.

"We are ready to offer a special day to basketball lovers... We are going to have three television stations broadcasting the event to take it to every corner of the country," said Giuseppe Palmisano, president of Trotamundos de Carabobo.

“We wanted to come back in style and that is what we are doing,” he concluded.

+ what a game

This Saturday's All-Star Game, which will go down in history as the 40th edition, will be more than a sporting confrontation between two quintets.

The musicians Víctor and Gabo, Neutro Shorty and the international Noriel will animate the day. And there will also be XNUMX-point and dunk competitions in the best NBA style.

The duel is at 6:00 pm, but the previous contests will start two hours before.

Transport

To guarantee the transfer of the fans to the Poliedro de Caracas, the SPB board activated two transport routes with the following exit points:

  • The Two Ways
  • Venezuela Square
  • Capitol Subway
  • Gato Negro
  • La Paz

Route 1 will leave at 3:00 pm and will be back at 9:00 pm. The other will leave at 5:00 pm and return at 9:30 pm.

Official Rosters

15 venezuelans players, under the direction of Carl Herera, will face the 15 best imported players in the league, which in turn will be led by Pablo Favarel.

These are the complete rosters:

Nationals

Headlines:

  • Base: David Cubillan (Wanderer)
  • Shooting guard: Yohanner Sifontes (Spartans)
  • Small forward: Garly Sojo (Broncos)
  • Power forward: Michael Carrera (Gladiators)
  • Center: Windi Graterol (Spartans)

Substitutes:

  • Bases: Harol Cazorla (Giants) and Kelvin Peña (Centaurs)
  • Shooting guard: Edson Tovar (Bulls)
  • Small forwards: Luis Duarte (Giants), Anthony Pérez (Gladiators) and Fernando Fuenmayor (Brilliants)
  • Power forwards: Michael Carrera (Gladiators) and Luis Bethelmy (Crocodiles)
  • Pivots: Francisco Centeno (Guaiqueríes) and Miguel Ruíz (Trotamundos

Imported

Headlines:

  • Base: Melvin Johnson (Guaiqueríes)
  • Shooting guard: Elyjah Clark (Pipers)
  • Forward: Luis Montero (Crocodiles)
  • Power forward: Nicolás Romano (Gladiators)
  • Center: Anthony Johnson (Taurines)

Substitutes:

  • Guards: Keron DeShields (Heroes) and Gelvis Solano (Crocodiles)
  • Shooting guards: Musa Abdul-Aleem (Broncos) and Marcus Thomas (Llaneros)
  • Forwards: Kostas Vasileiadis (Marinos) and Tanksley Efianayi (Jetsons).
  • Power forwards: Charles Thomas (Brilliant), Damian Hollis (Pirates) and Quintin Alexander (Taurines)
  • Center: Cadarian Raines (Jetsons)

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