Newcastle Eagles fans will get a first chance to see summer signings Ricky Taylor and Rahmon Fletcher in action next month.
Fabulous Flournoy’s new recruits are expected to make their debuts at the North-East Invitational Basketball Tournament at Sport Central on September 8-9.
The Eagles had been hoping to organise some warm-up basketball on the Continent, but it now looks as though they may have to do without.
Their annual four-team pre-season tournament has served them well in the past, however, and they will rely on it again to sharpen up for the new season.
Durham Wildcats and Team USA Select are back as usual, but this year British Basketball League newcomers Leeds Force will complete the line-up.
Durham play Leeds at 6pm on the opening day, followed by Newcastle v Team USA at 8pm. Tuesday’s games are Newcastle v Team USA (6pm) and Leeds (8pm).
Taylor and Fletcher, both guards, were signed this summer from Continental sides. With a couple of places still to fill on the roster, they are the only players new to the club.
They will meet up with their new team-mates for the first time on September 1, for a week’s training ahead of the opening game.
The competitive action starts at home to play-off champions Worcester Wolves on September 26.