GEM to broadcast FIBA Oceania Championships live

Basketball Australia has announced that Game 1 of the FIBA Oceania Championships will be available to watch on free-to-air television.

According to Basketball Australia, negotiations are underway for the Game 2 broadcast and will be confirmed later.

The FIBA Oceania Championships is a two-game series featuring our Australian Boomers and Opals against New Zealand's Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns, and will decide the road to next year's Rio Olympics. Game 1 will be hosted in Melbourne, and Game 2 will be in New Zealand.

The Boomers are currently in Europe, getting ready for the upcoming match against New Zealand. They lost to Lithuania 68-80, and will play Lithuania again on Saturday, followed by two warm up games against Slovenia.

Meanwhile, the Opals are in fine form in their warmup series against Japan, having won two games on Monday and Wednesday; they will play Japan again at Ballarat tonight.

FIBA Oceania Championships Game 1

When: 15 Aug 2015, Saturday, broadcast starts 630pm AEST.

Where: Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne

How to watch: Free broadcast on Nine Network's GEM

FIBA Oceania Championships Game 2

When: 18 Aug 2015, Tuesday

Where: TSB Arena in Wellington

How to watch: To be confirmed