GISA Class AAA State Basketball
Heritage School boys end season at GISA Elite 8
MACON—The Heritage Hawks hopes of joining the school’s girls’ basketball team at next week’s GISA Class AAA Final Four ended Saturday with a 69-58 loss to Augusta Prep at Tattnall Square Academy in the first round of the tournament.
Heritage (15-7) didn’t go quietly, putting together a late fourth-quarter surge that saw a nine point Augusta lead with four-minutes get cut to six twice down the stretch.
The Hawks entered the quarterfinal matchup as the No. 3 seed out of Region 1-AAA, and advanced through the first round of the state tournament with a 48-41 win over Mount De Sales to set up Saturday’s game against the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers (18-8) won the Region 4-AAA title and beat Brookwood 49-39 in their tournament opener.
The Hawks played with a split personality, building a 21-16 lead at the end of the first quarter, but getting out scored in the second period to only lead 28-25 at the half.
Augusta outscored the Hawks 44-40 over the final 16 minutes to advance to the Class AAA Final Four.
Glavin Groover kept the Hawks in the game with under a minute to go cutting the lead to six when he drilled a 3-point shot to trim Augusta’s margin to 64-58.
However, the Cavaliers put an end to the Hawks magical run with a 5-0 spurt to close out the game and Heritage’s season.
Augusta Prep moves on to play the winner of the Westminster-Loganville Christian contest.
Three players finished the game in double figures for the Hawks, including leading scorer Rich Yancey who had 20 points and 11 rebounds to finish with his second double double of the tournament.
Groover and Luke Smith added 13 point each.
Cole Jones finished the game with seven points and seven rebounds. He also added two assists. Chase Evans finished the game with three points and Kyle Shuman added two
The Hawks attempted 22 3-point shots against the Cavaliers, hitting six. Smith and Groover hit two each, with Yancey and Evans also connected on one apiece.
The Hawks shot 35 percent from the field, converting on 20 of 57 attempts. The team also converted 60 percent of its free throw opportunities, hitting on 12 of 20.
Yancey had the best day at the free throw stripe, hitting on 5 of his 8 chances. Smith was 3 of 6 from the line.
Heritage closed out its season with 34 rebounds, five steals and 14 turnovers.
The Lady Hawks are keeping the basketball season alive at Heritage after winning 17 games in a row.
Friday night the team advanced to the Final Four of the first time in school history with a 52-29 victory over Southland. It was the second victory of the tournament for the Lady Hawks who beat Mt. De Sales 48-18 in the first round.
Heritage moves on to play top-ranked Stratford Friday night when the event moves to Mercer University.
Stratford beat Loganville 44-11 and snuck past Pinewood Christian 29-27.