• The Raleigh Revolt Repeat, Win 2016 TRBL Championship

    May 22, 2016 - Greensboro, NC:   The 2016 Tobacco Road Championship Game featured the same two teams that faced off in the 2015 championship game, the Raleigh Revolt and the Charlotte Elite.   But this year’s game was nothing like the last.   In 2015, the Raleigh Revolt blew out the Elite in the TRBL finals by more than 30 points behind stellar efforts from point guard Brandon Hickson and power forward Daniel Jackson.  The 2016 championship was a slugfest that featured multiple lead changes and big point swings.   

    The Elite controlled the game early, building a 9-point lead at halftime and looking like a team poised to avenge the prior year loss.  But it was not to be.   The Revolt came out of the half ready to play, stifling the Elite and finding their own easier buckets.   A 20-point swing in the third quarter put Raleigh up by 11 points heading into the final period.   The Revolt held the lead for most of the fourth quarter, but Charlotte made a strong run in the closing minutes.

    Raleigh held on to win 112-109 to win its second straight TRBL Championship in only the team’s second season of existence.  Perennial TRBL All Star Freddie Little was named the game’s MVP.

  • TRBL Championship Game Set, Raleigh vs Charlotte in Second Straight Year

    May 22, 2016 - Greensboro, NC:   For the second straight year, the TRBL championship game will be played between the Raleigh Revolt and the Charlotte Elite.   The defending champions, the Raleigh Revolt, come into the game having only lost once this season against the visiting Auburn Pro-Elite.  

    That loss brought to an end a 17 game winning streak for the Revolt that started last season.

    The Charlotte Elite have posted a 10-7 record coming into the championship, but just as last year, the Elite are playing their best ball at the end of the season. The Elite won a close semi-final game against Huntersville to get to the championship.   Raleigh had an easier playoff game against the Greensboro Cobras yesterday.  

    Championship tip off is at 4 pm today at Bennett College in Greensboro.

  • Raleigh Remains Undefeated, Tops Wilmington 144-125

    February 28, 2016 - Raleigh, NC:  The Raleigh Revolt (8-0) finish another game in the Tobacco Road Basketball League undefeated. The Wilmington Seadawgs and The Raleigh Revolt both started the first quarter fairly even. Although the quick scoring from the Revolt offense left the Wilmington searching for answers. Mal Jones (15 pts. 9 rebounds) came out putting up nearly half of all the points with in Raleigh’s first quarter. Along with Brandon Hickson (18 pts., 12 assist, 8 rebounds) our star point, and star guard Jared Grady (43 pts., 11 assists, 5 rebounds) also gave many key points all season and assists allowing for comfortable jump on the coastal threat. The Revolt saw 10 point lead when Mal Jones went down with an apparent injury but quickly was back on his feet! The first quarter ended 24-35 favoring the Revolt! Charles Gamble (15 pts., 8 rebounds, 4 assist) and Daniel Jackson (13 pts. , 12 rebounds, 5 assists), two of Raleigh’s strongest players came in early in the second to handle the aggressive and frustrated Wilmington team. 

    All it took was a few turnovers and quick offensive plays for the Wilmington Seadawgs to show why they are holding the second seed in the North Carolina dominate Semi Pro League (TRBL) At the 1 minute mark leading up to halftime the game was tied! 

    Although the second half would prove to be a different story all together. The 3rd quarter was a bout between the teams on both ends of the court where Raleigh found some perimeter shots raining from Kyree Bethel (29 pts.) pushing the Revolt ahead by 6. The Wilmington Seadawgs was led by Marco Spears (34 points 5 rebounds) and Todd McLaurin with (20 points 7 assists and 4 rebounds). Although the visiting Seadawgs were offensively tough they fell short against the Revolt.

  • Legacy Hold off Huntersville’s Comeback in Heavyweight Battle

    March 5, 2105 - Raleigh, NC- For the second game in a row the Bull City Legacy has pulled out impressive wins against quality TRBL teams. Saturday’s contest was billed to be the tie breaker as both teams won on their home courts. This was the 3rd and final regular season match-up for these clubs and it showed in the competitive energy at tip-off…

    Right from the start of the game both teams seemed tight but Bull City jumped out to an early lead on team effort and great defense, limiting Huntersville to just 8 first quarter points to end the quarter with a 21 point lead. The second saw Huntersville regain its composure to explode for 28 points in the 2nd quarter. Leading scorers for the half were J’Mell Walters (12) and David Johnson (11) for the Legacy and Emilio Parks (10) and Jeremy Basknight (8).

    Huntersville Hoop4Lfye would not allow a halftime deficit of 54-36 to deter their fight as they came out in the 3rd to push the Legacy point for point as they set up for a 4th quarter run. The fourth quarter saw the team from Huntersville make plays and stops to pull back from a 14 point deficit going into the 4th. The Hoop4Lyfe team battled back to take a one point 74-73 lead at the 7 minute mark of the final period, to make the game a fight at the end. The teams would go back and forth trading baskets until a great defensive steal by Tim Plummer (11) to put the Legacy up for good. The final minutes saw key free throws and defensive stops made to secure the win. The Legacy had a team effort, seeing 5 players in double figures; Jamario Clayton (11), Tim Plummer (11), David Johnson (13), Marqui Bunn (15) and J’Mell Walters lead all Bull City Legacy players with 17. Huntersville’s leaders were William Merion (13), Jeremy Basknight (17) and leading all scorers in the game Emilio Parks with 28.

    Next up for Huntersville Hoop4Lyfe is the league’s best team, Raleigh Revolt at 7pm in Raleigh following the match-up between the Charlotte Elite and Bull City Legacy at 4pm. For more information visit

TRBL Board:  

  • Cornell Holland (Executive Director)
  • Patrick Dupree  (All American Ballers)
  • Umar Muhammad  (Bull City Legacy)
  • Doc Thorne  (Cary Invasion)
  • Terry Cooper (Greensboro Cobras)
  • AJ Watson (High Point Heat)
  • Bill Sheridan (Raleigh Revolt)
  • Aljierita Weems (Atlanta Dynamite)


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