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NetCast Sports Network, a live streaming sports broadcaster that covers much of the Southeast U.S., has announced that the network will be returning to cover the 2018 Hoop Cities Invitational, being held at Winston-Salem Prep on January 6, 2018. NCSN last broadcast the inaugural Invitational in 2016, and had been scheduled to do the same last January before a sudden snowstorm canceled the 2017 event.
NetCast Sports Network is a startup broadcaster that focuses on delivery to web and mobile devices, and has covered events such as the U.S. Prep National Championships in North Myrtle Beach as well as the semi pro East Coast Basketball League.
“We’re very excited to be back at Winston-Salem Prep,” said Marcus Shockley, Executive Director for NetCast Sports Network, “The games on the schedule are great, but the atmosphere in the gym is even better. The community really comes out to support, and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
The Invitational in 2016 drew good crowds to the gym, but with some teams traveling in to play from Virginia and elsewhere, the online broadcasts were widely viewed as well. As most fans know, Winston-Salem Prep is a perennial powerhouse with multiple state titles hanging from the rafters, but the highlight of the first event could have been R.J. Reynolds versus IC Norcom, a talented team that went on to win the Virginia state title later that year.
This year’s slate of broadcast games includes four varsity matchups: Liberty Heights (Charlotte) will take on Westridge Academy (Kenersville) to start the action at 2:30 pm EST. Winston-Salem Prep then takes on Vance High School, Walkertown faces off against Dudley and the prime time matchup this year will match R.J. Reynolds and Independence. For many fans, these games will be a bit of precursor to what they might expect when the playoffs roll around at the end of February.
The live streams will available on NetCastSports.com and on demand immediately after the games.
“Our primary focus is to do our best to bring the amazing feeling of being in the gym to the home viewers, ” says Shockley, “The gameplay is always great, so it’s up to us to make sure anyone who can’t travel to the gym can still get a sense of what the experience is actually like. Since we are small and a startup broadcaster, we can try different things on the fly and experiment. But the main goal is to make sure people watching feel like part of the action.”
The full schedule and game times are available on NetCastSports.com and all games are played at Winston-Salem Prep starting with a JV game prior to the varsity games.