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Tobacco Road Basketball League

Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL)
Sport Basketball
Founded November 18, 2011
No. of teams 17
Country USA
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent champion(s) PrimeTime Players (2014)
Most titles PrimeTime Players (3)
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 November 2014[2] the TRBL entered into an affiliation agreement with the Premier Basketball League (PBL). The agreement classifies the TRBL as a "AA"-level (similar to professional baseball) league below the so-called "AAA" PBL.


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.[3] On 2 December 2011, the Carolina Gladiators[4] and PrimeTime Players [5] joined the league. In January 2012, the league announced the addition of three travel / exhibition teams, Team Macleem, Queen City Express, and Big Texas.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Changes were put in place for the 2014-15 season, primarily with the new flex-schedule. Games are played between November 1 and April 30 against "TRBL-sanctioned" teams. League teams are free to schedule as many games as they choose. All teams who play at least 10 sanctioned games are eligible for the playoffs.

As a result of the drastic change, five members (Carolina Gladiators, Fayetteville Crossover, PrimeTime Players, Queen City Express, South Carolina All-Stars) left the TRBL and formed the new East Coast Basketball League (ECBL).


Team City Arena Founded First season in TRBL
All American Ballers Fayetteville, North Carolina 2014 2014
Bull City Legacy[8][10] Durham, North Carolina Walltown Recreation Center 2013 2013
Burlington Knights Burlington, North Carolina 2014 2014
Cary Invasion Cary, North Carolina Herbert Young Community Center 2011 2012
Charlotte Elite Charlotte, North Carolina 2014 2014
D-Elite Flyers Auburn, Alabama 2014 2014
Georgia Kings Atlanta, Georgia Benjamin E. Mays Sports Complex 2014 2014
Greensboro Cobras[8] Greensboro, North Carolina Bennett College 2013 2013
High Point Heat High Point, North Carolina 2013 2013
HoopForLyfe Concord, North Carolina Carolina Courts 2013
Palmetto Flight[10] Spartanburg, South Carolina First Presbyterian Church 2013 2014
Raleigh Revolt Orange County, North Carolina 2014 2014
Raleigh Stealth Raleigh, North Carolina 2013 2013
Robeson County Showstoppers Robeson County, North Carolina 2014 2014
Triangle Run 'N Gun Durham, North Carolina 2014 2014
Wilmington Sea Dawgs Wilmington, North Carolina Blizzard Athletics 2006 2012
Winston-Salem Certified Winston-Salem, North Carolina 2014 2014

Former teams


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. ^ "PBL Announces New Minor League Farm System". Premier Basketball League. 21 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Fayetteville Crossover Join TRBL, Our Sports Central, 2011-11-19, retrieved 2011-11-21 
  4. ^ Carolina Gladiators Move to TRBL, Our Sports Central, 2011-12-02, retrieved 2011-12-02 
  5. ^ PrimeTime Players Bring Game to TRBL, Our Sports Central, 2011-12-02, retrieved 2011-12-02 
  6. ^ TRBL Adds Teams, Releases Schedule, Our Sports Central, 2012-01-16, retrieved 2012-01-17 
  7. ^ TRBL Adds Nighthawks for 2013 Season, Our Sports Central, 2012-07-25, retrieved 2012-08-06 
  8. ^ a b c New TRBL Teams Given Provisional Approval for 2013, Our Sports Central, 2012-10-22, retrieved 2012-10-22 
  9. ^ TRBL Approves New Teams, Releases Division Structure for 2013, Our Sports Central, 2012-12-05, retrieved 2012-12-05 
  10. ^ a b c TRBL to Add Four New Teams in 2014, US Basket, 2013-10-01, retrieved 2013-10-11 

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