CONYERS — When the going got tough for Heritage in the early minutes Friday night against Grovetown, Heritage’s Trelan Scott, on senior night, nonetheless, put the offense on his back.
The senior guard scored the first seven points for the Patriots and 10 of their 15 in the entire first quarter to keep the game close. Scott eventually finished with a game-high 22 points, and by the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, could watch teammate, and fellow senior Josh Guilford dribble the ball out in a 68-50 win.
Not only did Friday night’s victory send the seniors off in quite possibly their final home game of their career, it sent them into a 3-way tie atop Region 3-AAAAAA, along with Lakeside and Evans, who all finished region play with an 7-3 mark.
The three teams will draw straws Saturday morning, leaving the final two teams to flip a coin for the region’s No. 1 seed.
Heritage took its first lead of the game with 6:32 remaining in the second quarter when Darion Dalton drilled his first of two 3-pointers, giving the Patriots an 18-17 advantage.
Scott scored six more points in the second while Jon Best scored four, helping the Patriots to a 31-22 halftime lead.
Guilford, the team’s leading scorer, entered the break without a single point to his name, the first such time this season. but by the end of the third quarter, the senior had six points on three made shots. Scott scored five more points to bring his total to 18 while Jorden Wiggens got in on the fun with a 3-pointer that found the bottom of the net.
Wiggins and Adrian Boykin each dished out six assits in the game, respectively.
“I love the things that Jorden does,” Denmark said. “He’s such an unselfish player. He has the ball in his hands more than most and he could take a lot of shots, but her prefers to get it to his teammates. That shows a lot of character and leadership.”
Heading into the fourth quarter with a commanding 52-34 lead, Scott got points 20 and 22 in the final 60 seconds, and by that point, the game was well in hand as head coach Vernon Denmark and the Patriots were able to take the final two minutes to pad their stats in an eventual 18-point victory over the Warriors.
With Guilford only finishing with eight points and the likes of Best finishing with 13, Denmark said one of their game plans was to get the ball into the hands of their post players more.
“We’ve been talking about getting our post players more touches,” Denmark said. “I think we did that (tonight). Best had a good game for us tonight. We got him plenty of touches. We were just kind of doing it by committee and I prefer to do it that way.”
Denmark and the Patriots will await their fate tomorrow morning.