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BCA, TBS to join new conference

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Crosstown rivals Burlington Christian Academy and The Burlington School are getting back together.

The two North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association schools will be part of the newly formed Central Carolina Athletic Conference beginning with the 2024-25 school year.

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The two Burlington schools will be joined by two Durham-based schools – Cristo Rey Research Triangle and Carolina Friends.

“Geographics and competitiveness are two of the main things,” said Michael Pinelli, who has been sharing the athletics director role with Rene Neff this school year at BCA. “We’re excited to be in a conference with (TBS). Naturally, that rivalry will strengthen.”

BCA was part of five-school Tri-TAC Conference through the past school year, but that league dissolved.

TBS has been an independent in recent years after its final go-around as part of the NCISAA’s Mid-Carolina Conference in 2019-20.

“We’ve been looking to get into a conference,” said TBS athletic director George Marshall, who’s also the boys’ basketball coach. “I’m a big believer, that as the athletics director, that it’s something that we need. We need to be in a conference.”

BCA and TBS were last in the same league in 2016-17 in what was called the Triad Conference and consisted of nine schools.

A minimum of four schools is needed to form a NCISAA league. The four schools have been in discussions for several months regarding uniting for league purposes.

Penelli said there’s the potential for additional schools to be added to the conference in the next few years.

Marshall said even with a four-school alignment there will be certain benefits.

“There’s no continuity (as an independent),” he said. “I think it’s going to help us develop good relationships. I think it’s good for basketball, too.”

 

BCA, TBS to meet in playoffs

The rivalry between BCA and TBS will go to another level with a matchup in Tuesday night’s NCISAA Class 2-A quarterfinals of the boys’ basketball state playoffs. TBS will be the host team.

Both teams won Saturday in third-round games to advance.

BCA topped eighth-seeded Gaston Day 74-70 in an afternoon road game.

Later, top-seeded TBS, which is the three-time reigning state champion, defeated visiting Berean Baptist (of Fayetteville) by 83-51.

The Spartans (23-12), who had byes in the first two rounds, scored the last 10 points of the first half for a 36-21 lead. Zion Walker tallied 16 of his 19 points in the second half, King Gibson had 11 of his 16 points in the first half, Cam Flippen posted 12 points and Matija Moravcevic had 11 points. Berean Baptist finished 14-19.

BCA (21-6) had a first-round bye before defeating visiting Friendship Christian 65-39 in Thursday’s second round. Friendship Christian ended up 14-14.

On February 9 to end the regular season, TBS scored the final 10 points to defeat host BCA 50-40.

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