Tobacco Road Basketball League

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Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL)
Tobacco Road Basketball League logo.png
Sport Basketball
Founded November 18, 2011
No. of teams 13
Country USA
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent champion(s) PrimeTime Players
Most titles 2, PrimeTime Players
Official website

The Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL) is a professional men's basketball minor league in the United States that began play in April 2012.[1] The league is centered in the Carolinas.


In 2011, the Wilmington Sea Dawgs and the Cary Invasion announced the formation of the Tobacco Road Basketball League and their membership therein, thus leaving the Continental Basketball League. [1] The Fayetteville Crossover then announced their move to this league as well.[2] On 2 December 2011, the Carolina Gladiators[3] and PrimeTime Players [4] joined the league. In January 2012, the league announced the addition of three travel / exhibition teams, Team Macleem, Queen City Express, and Big Texas.[5]

After the league's first season, the Carolina Gladiators moved to Robeson County, North Carolina and a new team called the Johnston County Nighthawks took their place in Smithfield.[6]

In October 2012, the league provisionally added the Blue Ridge Bison of Hendersonville, the Spartanburg Silver Lakers of South Carolina, the Greensboro Cobras, and a travel team Team HoopForLyfe. They also said that the Express and Big Texas had found home venues and would play a full schedule.[7]

In December 2012, the league announced venues for Greensboro and the Hub City Lakers (renamed from the Spartanburg Silver Lakers), added the Bull City Legacy as a provisional team, noted that Johnston County would be a travel team, and said that the league would move to divisional play for the 2013 season.[8]

In October 2013, the league announced four additions, promoting the Bull City Legacy and South Carolina All Stars to full members, after both having played 2013 as travel teams. The league added the Neuse River Basketball Club as a replacement for the Johnston County Nighthawks and added the Palmetto Flight.[9]

Current clubs[edit]

Active Clubs
Division Team City Arena Founded First season in TRBL
East Big Texas Jacksonville, North Carolina TBA 2012
East Bull City Legacy,[7][9] Durham, North Carolina Walltown Recreation Center 2013 2013
East Carolina Gladiators Lumberton, North Carolina[6] Bill Sapp Recreation Center 2011 2012
East Cary Invasion Cary, North Carolina Herbert C. Young Community Center 2011 2012
East Fayetteville Crossover Fayetteville, North Carolina John D. Fuller, Sr. Recreational/Athletic Complex 2011 2012
West Greensboro Cobras[7] Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro College 2013 2013
East Neuse River Basketball Club[9] Smithfield, North Carolina Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center 2013 2014
West Palmetto Flight[9] Spartanburg, South Carolina First Presbyterian Church 2013 2014
West PrimeTime Players Rock Hill, South Carolina Pointe Home of Lifepointe Christian Church 1991 2012
West Queen City Express Charlotte, North Carolina Carolina Courts 2012
West South Carolina All Stars[9] Greenville, South Carolina TBA 2013 2014
West Team HoopForLyfe Concord, North Carolina Carolina Courts 2013
East Wilmington Sea Dawgs Wilmington, North Carolina Blizzard Athletics 2006 2012
Provisional Clubs
Team City Arena Founded First season in TRBL
Blue Ridge Bison[7] Hendersonville, North Carolina TBA 2013 TBD

Former teams[edit]

Johnston County Nighthawks Big Texas PrimeTime Players Queen City Express Carolina Gladiators South Carolina Allstars Fayetteville CrossOvers


Year Champion Runner-up Score
2012 PrimeTime Players Cary Invasion 123-102
2013 PrimeTime Players Cary Invasion 126-118
2014 PrimeTime Players Cary Invasion 128-107


  1. ^ a b Invasion, Sea Dawgs Join the TRBL, Our Sports Central, 2011-11-18, retrieved 2011-11-21 
  2. ^ Fayetteville Crossover Join TRBL, Our Sports Central, 2011-11-19, retrieved 2011-11-21 
  3. ^ Carolina Gladiators Move to TRBL, Our Sports Central, 2011-12-02, retrieved 2011-12-02 
  4. ^ PrimeTime Players Bring Game to TRBL, Our Sports Central, 2011-12-02, retrieved 2011-12-02 
  5. ^ TRBL Adds Teams, Releases Schedule, Our Sports Central, 2012-01-16, retrieved 2012-01-17 
  6. ^ a b TRBL Adds Nighthawks for 2013 Season, Our Sports Central, 2012-07-25, retrieved 2012-08-06 
  7. ^ a b c d New TRBL Teams Given Provisional Approval for 2013, Our Sports Central, 2012-10-22, retrieved 2012-10-22 
  8. ^ TRBL Approves New Teams, Releases Division Structure for 2013, Our Sports Central, 2012-12-05, retrieved 2012-12-05 
  9. ^ a b c d e TRBL to Add Four New Teams in 2014, US Basket, 2013-10-01, retrieved 2013-10-11 

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