Todd Cragg, Sports Editor
Hot Springs does offer intercollegiate basketball – Champion Baptist College. Located at 600 Garland Avenue, the Champion Baptist College Tigers play a full schedule of games as an independent team, although they are a member of the ACAA (Association of Christian College Athletics). The ACCA is an organization of collegiate athletics and was incorporated to provide an opportunity for smaller Christian College members to compete on an equal level of competition with schools of like size.
As an independent team, the CBC Tigers can compete with teams from the: NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association), NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) and the ACCA (Association of Christian College Athletics). During this season, the Tigers’ schedule has included: ACCA teams, U of A Fort Smith, Ouachita Baptist University, University-New Orleans, Southern Arkansas University, and Harding University in Searcy. The Tigers also played the University of Hawaii-Hilo and Hawaii Pacific University (in Hawaii) over the December holidays.
In its short seven year career, the Champion Tigers have made seven ACCA National Tournament appearances. They have won three National Championships in 2007, 2009, and 2010. Champion has produced one ACCA Player of the year, two ACCA tournament MVPs, six different All-Tournament team players, six ACCA All-Americans, and eighteen different ACCA Academic All-Americans.
Champion Baptist College is coached by Eric Capaci. Coach Capaci has coached the Gospel Light Lions high school basketball team for over fifteen years. He has led them in winning seven state championships over the course of his coaching career. Champion is excited about the future of the Tiger basketball program under the leadership of Coach Capaci.
Their next home game is this Saturday night at CBC against LR Express at 6:00 pm.