Heritage boys cruise in tournament, move to 3-0

The Heritage boy’s basketball team had no trouble staying unbeaten last weekend. Rashad Jones had 14 points and Trevor Campbell added 11 points and eight rebounds as the Patriots defeated Jefferson County 69-46 at the Madison County Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Patriots closed the first quarter on a 13-0 run and cruised to its third consecutive victory to start the season.

“It was a good game for us in the aspect that we were able to get a lot of guys some time on the court,” said Patriots coach Vernon Denmark.

Heritage will play host Madison County tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Madison County Middle School.

Seminoles fall to Columbia

The two-time defending state champions were a little too much for Salem last weekend. Columbia, which won the Class AAAA state championship a year ago after winning the Class AAA crown in 2011, defeated Salem 50-38 at the Hilton Tip-Off Classic at Norcross High School.

Salem trailed 27-16 at halftime, then got to within 32-26 heading into the final period, but the Seminoles struggled shooting all game (8-for-33, 24 percent). Ayanna Mitchell had 16 points and nine rebounds and Shay Tarver added 14 points, but the rest of the team combined for just eight points.

Salem, which was coming off a two-point victory over Newton Friday, fell to 2-2 overall. The Seminoles will open Region 8-AAAAA play at home against Flowery Branch tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Bulldogs remain winless

Rockdale’s boy’s team fell to 0-3 with a 79-64 loss to Evans at the William Avery Tip-Off Classic.

The Bulldogs, who have averaged just 54 points in the three losses, return to the court December 3 when the Rockdale girls (0-1) open a Region 2-AAAAAA road doubleheader against Luella.