Albemarle School's Brandon Gilliam (with ball) was a Tarheel Independent Conference all-conference performer this season.

The Albemarle School boys' basketball team earned a spot into the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1A state playoff tournament Sunday.

Albemarle School (13-9) will travel south to face Greenville-John Paul II Catholic in the opening round today at 6 p.m.

The Colts finished third in the Tarheel Independent Conference this winter with a 7-5 record in the league.

Albemarle School lost its opening round game of the conference tournament last Tuesday to Northeast Academy.

Albemarle School has been led offensively by Brandon Gilliam, who has averages 19 points with 4.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.1 steals per game.

Avery Krywanczyk follows with a 13.5 points per game average with 10.6 rebounds per game.

Logan Dunn averages 13.2 points per game with 4.4 rebounds per game and 3.5 steals per contest.

Brandon Jackson adds 11.5 points per game.

Gilliam and Dunn were named to the TIC all-conference team, while Krywanczyk was selected to the TIC all-tournament team.

John Paul II Catholic (7-14) finished fourth in the Coastal Plain Conference this winter with a 2-6 record in the league.

The Saints have four players that averaged 10 or more points per game this season.

They are led offensively by D'Andre Ervin, who averages 18.9 points, 13 rebounds and two assists per game this season.

The winner advances to Thursday's second round to face No. 7 seed Cape Fear Christian Academy (18-15).


Northeastern's last regular season boys and girls basketball games against Pasquotank Friday will be played at Northeastern High School.

The girls varsity game will start at 6 p.m., while the boys game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.

In previous seasons, the Panthers and Eagles played their games at Elizabeth City State's Vaughan Center.

Their first meeting this season was held at Pasquotank County High School.