Cary News: Sports

Cary Invasion suffers first home loss

The fans who visited the Herb C. Young Center on Saturday witnessed something never seen before in that building - the Cary Invasion losing at home. Those who were in Wilmington Sunday night saw the Invasion pull off a complete turnaround.

The PrimeTime Players of Rock Hill, S.C. held on for a 111-105 defeat of the Invasion on Saturday, marking the second-year franchise’s first home loss including postseason games. On Sunday, the Invasion traveled to the Wilmington Sea Dawgs, a team that it lost to earlier this year, and came away with a commanding 111-71 victory.

In the Saturday contest, PrimeTime (3-1) led just 58-56 at halftime and were up 108-105 with 15 seconds to go when Cary point guard Brock Young missed a 3-pointer to tie the contest.

Freddie Little led all Cary (3-2) scorers with 17 points. PrimeTime’s Antonio Houston had a game-high 30.

Chuck Ward (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Daniel Jackson (11 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles for the Invasion.

On Sunday, Cary led by 25 at halftime against the Sea Dawgs. Invasion forward Matt Gwynne had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the win, which saw Cary lead by as many as 46.

Cary is off for the next week and a half, but will home on May 11 against the Fayetteville Crossover and will travel to Smithfield to face the Carolina Gladiators that next day.

Also last week, the Tobacco Road Basketball League announced its playoff format for this season. The top four teams in the TRBL will play in the semifinals and finals no later than one week after the final regular season game in early June.

All playoff games will be played at the higher seed.

However, the TRBL announced that its champion will no be a part of a national minor league basketball tournament - which was one of the stated goals for the league during its formation.

“We had hoped to be able to send the TRBL points champion to a united minor league tournament this year, but it became clear over the last few weeks that more lead time would be required to secure commitments from other leagues,” said TRBL Co-Chairman and Cary Invasion owner Mark Janas in a statement.