The Mission Sports Holiday Invitational, held at Cary Academy Dec. 20-22, will feature an eight-team girls bracket and a pool-play boys tournament.
Each of the boys teams will be pooled into groups of three and those teams will square off against one another in the first two days of the tournament. Following pool play, the teams will be seeded within their pool 1-3 and will commence into bracket play on the third and final day of the tournament.
All #1 seeds will play in a “Championship Bracket,” #2 seeds will play in a “Blue Bracket” and #3 seeds will play in a “Gold Bracket.”
This unique format for the boys bracket means some teams will play twice in one day, while not at all in another.
Games in both brackets will be played in both of Cary Academy's on-campus gymnasiums. Please see the brackets attached below to know which games are played where.
First-round girls match-ups (Dec. 20):
Neuse Christian vs Cary Academy, 10:30 a.m.
Southern Durham vs St. David's, noon
Carolina Friends vs Greensboro Day School, 1:30 p.m.
Durham Academy vs Grace Christian of Raleigh, 3 p.m.
"Pools" for boys tournament
Pool A: Southeast Raleigh, St. David's, Lawrence Academy
Pool B: Caldwell Academy, Durham Academy, Western Harnett
Pool C: Carolina Friends, Neuse Christian, Grace Christian of Raleigh
Pool D: Cary Christian, Cary Academy, Norfolk Academy