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Cedar Shoals' Robinson too much for Heritage

CONYERS -- Cedar Shoals' Dontai Robinson had just 11 points heading into the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game at Heritage.

But Robinson was just getting started.

The senior scored 16 points in the fourth and nine more in overtime as the Jaguars knocked off Heritage 74-67 in Region 8-AAAAA play.

Cedar Shoals moved to 6-3 in the region and 8-9 overall while the Patriots' struggles continued as the Conyers school lost its fourth consecutive game and fell to 3-6 in region play and 9-9 overall.

Robinson scored all but five of Cedar's 21 fourth-quarter points, including a trio of 3-pointers at the start of the period, each jumper farther away from the basket than the previous attempt. At the 1:46 mark, his steal and conventional three-point play put the Jaguars up by a score of 60-56.

Heritage got to within two points on field goals by Rashad Jones and Eric McIver (team-high 21 points), and after Robinson hit 1 of 2 free throws with 10 seconds left to put the Jaguars up 62-60, Steven Everson got the last of his 10 fourth-quarter points with a runner in the lane at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

The four-minute extra session belonged to the visitors from Athens. Robinson immediately hit another 3-pointer, and though Heritage guard Andre Harris had a steal and a layup to make it a one-point game, turnovers and a technical foul on Everson helped Robinson get to the line three times. He hit 5 of 6 from the stripe to give Cedar Shoals a 71-64 lead with 46 seconds to play.

Heritage got as close as 72-67 on Dave Rowe's 3-pointer 30 seconds later, but it was Robinson's night. The 6-foot-1 guard grabbed a defensive rebound, went back to the line and knocked down two more free throws to seal the big road victory.

Heritage trailed by as many as 11 points in the third but came storming back to grab the lead. While the Jaguars were stuck in a 4:04 scoreless drought, Heritage got six points from Terrell Flowers and five out of McIver during a 13-0 run that put the Patriots up 43-38 with 1:25 to go in the third.

Robinson got the first of his five 3-pointers with a minute to play in the quarter, then took over during the final 12 minutes of the game.

A minute into the second, McIver hit 1 of 2 free throws to pull Heritage even at 15-15. But the rest of the opening half belonged to the visiting Jaguars.

Jamyhia Mattox had six consecutive points, including a conventional three-point play at the 5:04 mark that put Cedar Shoals up 21-15. Later, Dandre Mahaffey, who along with Mattox had 10 first-half points, had a pretty baseline fadeaway and a bucket off a feed from Chris Wyatt to give the Jaguars a seven-point lead.

Cedar Shoals led by as many as nine points, including at the break as Mattox had a steal and layup at the second quarter buzzer to make it a 32-23 game heading into the half.

The Jaguars came out strong, building an 11-4 cushion on a nifty layup by Mattox with 3:07 left in the first. Heritage finished the quarter scoring eight of the last 12 points -- Jones had a basket and an assist -- to cut the deficit to 15-12.