Cary Invasion – New Season, New Owner Start Saturday


Cary, NC — The Cary Invasion, Cary’s own professional basketball team will host their first home game on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

They will play arch rival Wilmington Seadawgs. Our hometown boys are part of the Tobacco Road League and play all of their games in Cary’s Downtown Herb Young Community Center. Their high energy play has thrilled crowds as they sit on the side lines, just a few feet from the action.

New Coach, New Uniforms, New Owner

The Invasion has a new coach this year, Ernesto Hatchet.  Hatchette comes to the Invasion highly recommended by former Invasion coach Marquis Johnson. His most recent experience is three years as the assistant coach at St Augustine. Prior to that, Hachett coached basketball at phenom high school Word of God in Raleigh, alma mater of NBA star John Wall.

Sole Proprietor Terry “Doc” Thorne says the new uniforms say “Cary” with pride as the only area sports team to have the town name displayed. Doc is new to the team as well, as founder Mark Janus recently left the franchise, with Doc taking over the reins.

Returning Players

Charles Ward, the franchise player, is back with his engaging fast style of play. His size is impressive, yet off the court said to be a really nice guy. This is his third year with the team, having been recruited from the beginning. Brandon Hickson, Chris Poole and Sylvester “Sly” Brookes will also start their third years with the team.

Other players to round out the team: Mike Smith, Freddie Little, Daniel Jackson, Anton Currie, Raheem Oshodi,  and Paul Wright. All have played for ACC or CICC college teams in the past.

Cary Invasion 2014 Home Game Schedule

The season opener is against Wilmington on January 18. And don’t miss the re-match between our own men in blue, the Cary Police Department as they take on the pros on Feb 1. All proceeds from this game will go to benefit the Dorcas Ministries.

All Games are played at Downtown Cary’s Herb Young Community Center, 119 Wilkenson Ave in Downtown Cary.

All games start at 6:00 pm

  • Jan 18 – Wilmington (season opener)
  • Feb 1- Benefit Game vs The Cary Police Department
  • Feb 15- Bull City Legacy
  • Mar 8- Fayetteville Crossover
  • April 12- Big Texas (Jacksonville)
  • April 26 Neuse River Basketball Club
  • May 17 East Carolina Stealth

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children under 12. Children under 5, seniors, and veterans are free.

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Photo from Cary Invasion on Facebook.