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New Tucson semi-pro basketball team holds first game

Published: Nov. 7, 2015 at 10:09 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:18 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson's new semi-pro basketball team made its debut on the court at its first game Saturday, playing against the Orange County Novastars at Sporting Chance Center.

Many consider Tucson a "basketball town" thanks to the stellar performance of the University of Arizona men's basketball team over the last three decades, and with a nearly packed house full of Buckets fans at Sporting Chance, 2100 W. Curtis Road, supporters say they see this new venture as a game changer for the basketball community in Tucson.

"We've lost so many other sports teams in different sports," said Buckets supporter Debra Carter, whose son is on the team. "We need something."

Brandon Miller, Tucson Buckets co-owner, said the last time Tucson saw an attempt at creating a solid semi-professional team was in 2007 with the Tucson Flame.

But the timing wasn't right, and with support and momentum, the Tucson Buckets can deliver, he said.

"You're going to see what Tucson really has," Miller said.

The Tucson Buckets are a part of the American Basketball Association, which has more than 30 teams around the country including in Phoenix and San Diego.

For more information, visit their website or follow them on Facebook at Tucson Buckets.

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