Heritage boys cruise to win over Jaguars
Patriots avenge earlier loss

CONYERS - If the Heritage boys can keep reproducing their performance from Tuesday night's impressive 75-46 win over Cedar Shoals, then good things might be in order for the Patriots the rest of the season.

Heritage (10-6 overall) shot 54.5 percent from the field, dished out 20 assists and had only six turnovers in a total domination of the Jaguars.

Just over a month ago, Cedar Shoals beat the Patriots 46-33 in Athens in what Heritage coach Ron Bradley called his team's worst outing of the season.

"We were clicking on all cylinders tonight, there's no doubt about that. Everything went right for us," Bradley said. "We had a tough time against them in Athens. It was probably the worst game we've played all year. We shot 25 percent.

"I think our players were excited about playing them tonight. We just have to keep getting better and better, and that's what you want to do at this time of the season. I thought we played about as good as we've played in a while. After the way we lost over there, it sure was sweet to play better tonight."

The Patriots didn't waste any time seizing the game's momentum. Heritage went on a 14-2 run to start the game thanks to six points from junior Garry Peters.

By halftime, the Patriots had extended their lead to 38-24.

Heritage's Shakeem Mitchell led a third-quarter explosion that put the game away. The senior forward scored 12 points in the frame as the Patriots outscored Cedar Shoals 20-7 to build a 58-31 advantage.

Mitchell finished with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting to lead the Patriots. He also chipped in seven rebounds and two steals.

Senior center Justin Jones added 16 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots for Heritage.

Peters did not lead the Patriots in scoring or rebounding, but his constant hustle was a key component in the victory.

"He makes some big plays and he sees the floor well," Bradley said of Peters. "When he's clicking, it just looks like it's so smooth for him."

The Patriots return to action Friday night in a key Region 8-AAAA South contest at Loganville.