Continental Basketball League
Continental Basketball League (CBL)
Logo Continental Basketball League
Sport Basketball Founded October 30, 2009 No. of teams 8 Country(ies) United States Continent FIBA Americas (Americas) Most recent champion(s) Cary Invasion Most titles tie Cary Invasion, Savannah Wildcats (1) Official website CBLHoopsOnline.com
In 2009, Dennis Truax, who was previously affiliated with the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), was named the first commissioner of the CBL. Gary Perry, an owner of the Augusta Groove when it was in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) was named the first director of basketball operations.
On November 2, 2009, the Wilmington Sea Dawgs were the first team to announce joining the league. On February 16, 2010, the Carolina Cougarz became the second team to join the CBL. On February 18, 2010, the Savannah Wildcats became the third team in the CBL. and the Georgia Gwizzlies left the ABA to become the fourth. On March 5, 2010, the Birmingham Steel joined the league.
Two weeks into the 2010 season, the Steel left the league for the World Basketball Association (WBA) and was replaced by the Birmingham Sabers On 1 June, 2010, the Georgia Gwizzlies were removed from the league for failure to meet operating standards, after having missed games against Birmingham and Wilmington
The league championship in 2010 was to be decided by a single elimination tournament in June. However, after the removal of the Gwizzlies, the schedule and playoff structure were truncated and adjusted. The playoffs became a one game championship between the first and second place teams, the Sea Dawgs and Wildcats respectively, which was won by the Wildcats 96-86 in overtime.
In July of 2010 the Florida Flight moved from the WBA to the CBL. In September of 2010, the Miami Stars and Palm Beach Titans joined . On March 28, 2011, the Heartland Prowl announced they had left the ABA to join the CBL.  In the announcement of the Prowl, the absence of the Carolina Cougarz as a listed team coupled with their removal from the CBL website indicated that they had folded.
In April of 2011, the Gainesville Galaxy joined. On 13 April 2011, the Cary Invasion was added. Sometime between April and early May, the Fayetteville Crossover was addded. Before the 2011 season was to start, the owners of the Savannah Wildcats announced the team would be sitting out the season due to a family matter effecting the owners' ability to lead the team. Shortly after this announcement, the CBL announced the addition of the Port City Sharks as a replacement for the Wildcats in Savannah, Georgia. The league also removed the Miami Stars and the Palm Beach Titans from the team list for the 2011 season. The Port City Sharks failed to play the complete schedule and were replaced in later games by travel teams.
In 2011, the league once again played just a championship game, this time between the winner of the North Division, the Cary Invasion and the South runner-up, the Florida Flight, which was won by the Invasion, 131-101. No official explanation was given why the winner of the South Division, the Heartland Prowl, did not play in the game. The Wilmington Sea Dawgs and the Cary Invasion announced the formation of the Tobacco Road Basketball League and their membership therein, thus leaving the CBL. The Fayetteville Crossover then announced their move to this league as well.
Team City Arena Founded First season in CBL Birmingham Sabers Birmingham, Alabama Altamont School 2010 2010 Gainesville Galaxy Gainesville, Florida Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center 2011 2011 Heartland Prowl Sebring, Florida Sebring High School 2009 2011 Palm Beach Titans West Palm Beach, Florida Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center 2010 2011 Raleigh Rough Riders Raleigh, North Carolina TBA 2011 2012 Savannah Wildcats Savannah, Georgia Armstrong Atlantic State University 2010 2010 South Florida Stars TBD, Florida TBD 2011 2012 Tampa Bay Saints Tampa, Florida Mary Help of Christians Center 2011 2011
- Cary Invasion - Moved to Tobacco Road Basketball League
- Fayetteville Crossover - Moved to Tobacco Road Basketball League
- Wilmington Sea Dawgs - Moved to Tobacco Road Basketball League
- Florida Flight - Not on the 2012 team list
- Miami Stars - Not on the 2012 team list
- Port City Sharks - midway through 2011 season.
Historical membership and alignment
See History of Continental Basketball League Teams
- 2010: Savannah Wildcats defeated Wilmington Sea Dawgs, 96-86 (OT), June 27, 2010 Joe and Barbara Schwartz Center, Wilmington, North Carolina
- 2011: Cary Invasion defeated Florida Flight, 131-101, June 24, 2011 Herbert Young Community Center, Cary, North Carolina
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- ^ Shambaugh, Jaclyn (2011-05-03), Recreation: The RAC spawns semi-pro basketball team, the Fayetteville Crossover, Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/05/03/1091143?sac=Sports, retrieved 2011-05-06
- ^ Invasion, Sea Dawgs Join the TRBL, Our Sports Central, 2011-11-18, http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4320818, retrieved 2011-11-21
- ^ Fayetteville Crossover Join TRBL, Our Sports Central, 2011-11-19, http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4321425, retrieved 2011-11-21
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Birmingham Sabers · Cary Invasion · Fayetteville Crossover · Wilmington Sea Dawgs
Gainesville Galaxy · Heartland Prowl · Florida Flight · Port City Sharks
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