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BCA relishes breakthrough season, reaching state semifinals before being ousted

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

In what ranks as the best boys’ basketball season in Burlington Christian Academy history doesn’t have to stop there.

“Our program is headed in a forward direction,” coach Eric Dudley said. “Pretty disappointed we were this close to a state championship and came up short. There’s a lot of positives here.”

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The Royals were ousted in the semifinals of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Class 2-A state playoffs with a 70-57 loss to host Davidson Day School Thursday.

With the team’s deepest postseason run, BCA ended the season with a 22-7 record.

The Royals, who received a first-round bye, won three games in the state playoffs, including two on the road. BCA knocked off three-time defending state champion and top-seeded The Burlington School in the quarterfinals.

The loss at Davidson Day School marked the Royals’ third road game in six days.

“You have to be on your ‘A’ game throughout,” Dudley said.

BCA fell behind by double figures in the first half before trailing 32-26 at halftime.

“We felt OK to play as bad as we did and to have it that close,” Dudley said.

Foul trouble for Charles Chienggen Pur, who exited early in the fourth quarter, was among the glitches. BCA’s Isaiah Smith posted 24 points, and Ian Bush had 14 points.

Davidson Day School also ended BCA’s season in 2020, though that came in the second round.

With Bush and Smith having reclassified, BCA didn’t have a player on the roster use up eligibility during this season. So the Royals might return the entire lineup for 2024-25.

“We’d like to think we could have the same group,” Dudley said.

Bush and Smith were BCA’s most reliable scorers.

“That is one of the roles,” Bush said of being a go-to player. “My teammates trust me and I trust them.”

Davidson Day School went on to win the state championship by defeating Greenfield School 74-64 on Saturday night in Raleigh.

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