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BCA boys bounce back, top Southern in Tony Perrou Classic Monday night

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 By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Ian Bush took it personal, and the Burlington Christian Academy player had plenty of attention directed toward him.

He was back at Southern Alamance where he attended prior to transferring to BCA. In this case, he got the last laugh.

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Bush scored 24 points as BCA defeated the host Patriots 76-67 on Monday night in the final game of the day-long Tony Perrou Classic.

“Just getting back (here), I had something to prove,” Bush said. “I didn’t get a lot of respect when I was here. I was bad. I showed that I improved.”

Ian Bush

It was just the type of bounce-back performance the Royals needed –because about 50 hours earlier they lost in a showdown at Reidsville.

“The whole team, we didn’t like that we lost the other day,” Bush said of Saturday’s outcome.

A rematch with Southern proved a huge challenge. The Patriots led 50-49 going to the fourth quarter.

But with foul-plagued Charles Chienggen Pur making a difference in the middle, BCA started to take control. Isaiah Smith scored eight of his 21 points in the final two minutes.

“It was about changing our energy and effort in the second half,” BCA coach Eric Dudley said.

Southern’s Chris Epps posted 17 points and Jordan Moore, who gave the Patriots a burst in the third quarter, had 16 points.

“It was just a dogfight,” Patriots coach Dylan Eppley said. “They made more plays than we did.”

The Royals (14-2) didn’t have a practice session in between their 77-59 loss at unbeaten Reidsville and Monday’s Tony Perrou Classic matchup. Southern played with a fierce determination, aided by an encouraging home crowd.

“Totally different styles of play,” Dudley said of the opponents. “Both games were tiring for different reasons. It’s a test for us.”

Southern (10-6) has won nine of its last 11 games. Both defeats came to BCA, which won a semifinal game by 68-58 last month in the Holiday Hoopla tournament at Southeast Alamance.

Eppley said he likes how the Patriots have competed and figures they’re set up for the final stretch of the season. They visit Eastern Alamance on Friday night.

Last week, they won 64-59 at Roxboro Person in a Central 3-A Conference game with Liam Forester and Tyler Moore each scoring 18 points and then topped visiting East Chapel Hill 85-65 behind Epps’ 26 points, Tyler Moore’s 11, and Jordan Moore’s 10.

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