After going winless against the Cary Invasion since their inception two years ago, the Bull City Legacy finally got the monkey off their back by upsetting the Invasion by a 99-86 score in the quarterfinals of the Tobacco Road Basketball League playoffs.
The quarterfinal win came one night after Bull City eliminated the High Point Heat in a 133-128 shootout, and it set up a showdown Saturday with I-40 rival Raleigh Revolt for the TRBL East Division Championship on Shaw University’s campus, the home of the Revolt. The winner would go on to meet the TRBL’s West Division champion for all the marbles in the championship game.
Raleigh and Bull City split during the regular season, with each winning at home.
Unfortunately for the Legacy, after two wins in two days, it didn’t have anything left after beating Cary (12-3).
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The Revolt (10-5) led from start to finish in a 113-81 blowout. The loss ended the Legacy’s season at 8-5.
Brian Streeter scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Legacy who were held to just 38 percent shooting.
“We missed shots and they made shots; it’s just that simple,” Bull City coach Marvin “Rat” Reed said.
Reed took over the team with six games left in the regular season. Despite the change, Bull City quickly adjusted to Reed’s scheme and went 4-2 down the last stretch of the season to advance to the playoffs for a second straight year.
“I’m really proud of them,” Reed continued. “They adjusted to my system and they competed well. They jelled as a team.”
Jack Britt junior defensive lineman Bryan Bryant has received an offer from N.C. Central.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder was named second team all-conference last season in the Mid-South 4-A Conference. Bryant also helped lead the wrestling team to a state championship.
Bryant was converted to quarterback and completed over 50 percent of his passes last season for 1,832 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also rushed for 643 yards and two TDs.
He played tackle as a sophomore and recorded 80 tackles, five interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Both NCCU softball and baseball teams needed to win their final regular season matchups against archrival N.C. A&T to advance to their conference tournament.
The Lady Eagles had to sweep a three-game series over the Aggies and hope for some help, but split the series 2-1 instead.
Still, there is reason for optimism. NCCU’s 18 victories are the most since the university reclassified to Division I and doubles its win total of last season. And Emerie Germ and Casey Hargett were voted to the MEAC second team all-conference.
Trailing by four runs after the first inning on Sunday, NCCU baseball rallied to take a 5-4 lead. But N.C. A&T rebounded for two runs in the top of the eighth for the 6-5 win.
The loss put the Eagles in a tie for fourth place with Savannah State, but the Tigers have a 5-1 head-to-head record over NCCU. Only the top four teams advance.