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Rockdale rolls past rival Heritage

CONYERS -- The basketball teams at Rockdale High School seem to be pretty comfortable behind the three-point line.

Just 22 hours after the girls hit nine 3-pointers in a half against Heritage, the boys knocked down 16 of 33 threes in an 87-56 victory over the Patriots.

The teams played a rare mid-week afternoon game after the second half of the girls game and the entire boys nightcap was curtailed due to a leak in the roof inside Rockdale's gymnasium Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, who won their fifth straight game, got going right away as C.J. Wilson hit two threes and LaRonta Parks added one as the guards made it a 9-0 game two minutes in and forced a Heritage timeout.

The visiting Patriots hung around and got to within six late in the first and within 27-20 on a bucket by Terrell Flowers at the 4:50 mark of the second.

But Rockdale hit three more from behind the arc -- two from Wilson (20 points) -- to finish the opening half up 42-26 after a 15-6 run.

In the second half, guard Charles Moore, who led all scorers with 26 points, got hot, hitting a three off a feed from Wilson, and later the pair assisted on each other's three on consecutive possessions to push the hosts' cushion to 55-38.

"We have a good three-point shooting team," said Rockdale coach Alvin Williams. "Guard play here ... generally that's my strong suit, teaching guards. (And) one of the concepts we teach is: Our older guards teach our younger guards. Each one teach one."

While the Rockdale defense continued forcing turnovers, getting six of Heritage's 22 in the final period, Moore and the Bulldogs bench kept putting up points. Moore had a pretty three-point play early on, then fed Wilson for a dunk and drained his final three midway through the period. Meanwhile, Jamal Turner came off the bench and added all 10 of his points in the final three minutes to help Rockdale to its largest margin of victory of the season.

Heritage was led by Mark Wilkerson (16 points) and Steven Everson, who added 11 points.